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Type of Document Dissertation
Author Knight, Marcus Lynn
Author's Email Address marcus.l.knight@vanderbilt.edu
URN etd-04022007-154839
Title Quantitative Framework for Planning Highway Bridge Inspection and Assessment
Degree PhD
Department Civil Engineering
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Sankaran Mahadevan Committee Chair
Bruce K. Cooil Committee Member
Malcolm E. Baird Committee Member
Prodyot K. Basu Committee Member
Sanjiv Gokhale Committee Member
Keywords
  • latent class cluster analysis
  • highway bridge deterioration
  • highway bridge assessment
  • highway bridges
  • condition ratings
  • Bridges -- Inspection -- Management
  • Engineering inspection -- Planning
Date of Defense 2007-03-20
Availability unrestricted
Abstract
The overall objective of this study is to advance highway bridge inspection procedures from current subjective methods to a more quantitative, objective framework for assessment and inspection within a management program. Through the integration of quantitative models, data, and inspection techniques, these advancements help to improve both the understanding and predictive capability associated with long-term bridge performance. A methodology for selection of a sample of bridges for study is developed based on latent class cluster analysis and considers both physical and environmental parameters. Current assessment procedures are augmented to include quantitative data and major forms of deterioration are identified along with available practical physically-based models for their estimation. Finally, inspection planning maps are developed to provide guidance on the implementation and management of an in-depth inspection program.
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