Loyola Enterprises Inc., a leader in the precision spatial GPS market, today announced the expansion of their Monitoring Systems Division. This division provides consultation on the development and integration of Structural Health Monitoring (SHM) solutions.
Virginia Beach, VA – April 29, 2008 — Loyola Enterprises Inc., a leader in the precision spatial GPS market, today announced the expansion of their Monitoring Systems Division. This division provides consultation on the development and integration of Structural Health Monitoring (SHM) solutions.
Benito Loyola, President of Loyola Enterprises said, "The aging framework of America’s bridges, highways, tunnels, mines, dams, levees, buildings and other critical infrastructure that affects public safety need to be addressed. SHM capability is a significant milestone that fits our growth strategy. Loyola leverages their advanced systems technologies developed and deployed by their Precision Spatial Systems Division to objectively monitor the health of these structures."
This division is staffed by some of the most senior and experienced technical experts including James Stowell, Robert Asher, Michael Carlyle, and Erik Soderstrom. This team provides new approaches and technology to customers requiring structural monitoring.
James Stowell, a recognized expert in monitoring and reference station technology, joined Loyola as the director of the division. Stowell stated, "Following the collapse of the I-35 Bridge in Minnesota, multiple bridge closures, the collapse of several construction cranes, levee failures, and a deteriorating tunnel and rail infrastructure in the United States, there is a true sense of urgency for monitoring these structures. Every day the public uses these structures with the assumption that they are stable, healthy and safe. Visual inspections only provide a subjective snapshot and are unable to reveal the true extent of deterioration that compromises safe use. Under the Monitoring Systems Division, Loyola’s real-time monitoring solutions provide the best, most objective empirical data about these structures to public safety officials and engineers so that they can make the right decisions about their condition, safety, and continued use."
Loyola’s advanced RTK-Net® technology is the basis for a high precision GPS network providing a framework to reliably monitor structures. RTK-Net® network technologies allow real-time detection of micro to macro movements of a structure which are analyzed for trends over time. With other sensors placed on the structure, this information is evaluated by engineers and safety experts to determine the safety of the structure and provides objective data as to whether a natural disaster, hazardous event, or material deterioration has or is compromising the structure’s integrity. Additionally, this advanced technology enables monitoring of mining and tunneling operations reducing liability and increasing safety. Loyola uses its experience in the development of Service Oriented Architectures, Net-centric operations, data fusion and Command and Control systems for DoD programs. These technologies will provide automated analysis of critical metrics through unprecedented views of structural performance data that will be accessible by decision makers using local workstations, secure networks and web browsers.
In a concluding comment, Benito Loyola noted "Our economy, our families, our way of life, and the defense of our country is directly tied to the health and integrity of our transportation and infrastructure systems. Loyola’s Monitoring Systems division brings the technology and the experience to deliver health and wellness for America’s infrastructure."
About Loyola Enterprises
Loyola Enterprises was incorporated in 1991 in Virginia and provides engineering and technical services for private sector companies, as well as city, state, and federal governments. With GSA Contract vehicles and small disadvantaged, veteran-owned status, Loyola has provided a range of integrated turnkey technology solutions for the private and civil sectors, Department of Defense, Department of Transportation and Department of Homeland Security.