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A pragmatic risk-based approach to prioritizing bridges
Author(s): Franklin L. Moon; Jennifer Laning; David S. Lowdermilk; Steven Chase; John Hooks; A. Emin Aktan
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Paper Abstract

The objective of this paper is to present a 'straw-person' framework that appears to be a practical first step towards a more transparent, objective, quantitative and risk-based approach to bridge assessment and prioritization. While the framework presented is qualitative in nature it has distinct advantages over the current approach in that (a) it explicitly recognizes key performance limit states, (b) directly addresses bridge hazards, vulnerabilities, and exposures, (c) incorporates the uncertainty associated with various assessment techniques and provides flexibility for their implementation, and (d) provides a means to capture (in a useable format) expert knowledge and heuristics from top bridge engineers. In addition to the straw-person framework, the paper presents a rudimentary classification system to illustrate one approach to implementation. A series of case studies are then presented to demonstrate the potential value of this approach in distinguishing between bridges that are essentially "equivalent" based on the current assessment procedure. In addition, these case studies also serve to illustrate that the proposed approach may be utilized with existing inspection data. The paper concludes with some observations and comments regarding the straw-person framework presented.

Paper Details

Date Published: 8 April 2009
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 7294, Nondestructive Characterization for Composite Materials, Aerospace Engineering, Civil Infrastructure, and Homeland Security 2009, 72940M (8 April 2009); doi: 10.1117/12.816253
Show Author Affiliations
Franklin L. Moon, Drexel Univ. (United States)
Jennifer Laning, Pennoni Associates, Inc. (United States)
David S. Lowdermilk, Pennoni Associates, Inc. (United States)
Steven Chase, Univ. of Virginia (United States)
John Hooks, Highway Research and Development (United States)
A. Emin Aktan, Drexel Univ. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7294:
Nondestructive Characterization for Composite Materials, Aerospace Engineering, Civil Infrastructure, and Homeland Security 2009
H. Felix Wu; Aaron A. Diaz; Peter J. Shull; Dietmar W. Vogel, Editor(s)

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