This paper presents a comparative study of three enhanced signal processing methods to locate damage on mode shape data. The first method called curvature mode shape is used as a reference. The second tool uses wavelet transform and singularity detection theory to locate damage. Finally we introduce the windowed fractal dimension of a signal as a tool to easily measure the local complexity of a signal. Our benchmark aims at comparing the crack detection using optimal spatial sampling under different severity, beam boundary conditions (BCs) and added noise measurements.