The innovative use of QuickTime Virtual Reality (QTVR) and panoramic image-creation utilities for recording field observations and measurements during routine bridge inspections is reported. A virtual reality approach provides the ability to document a bridge's physical condition by using different media types at a significantly higher level of detail than is possible in a written bridge inspection report. Digitally recorded data can be stored on compact disc for easy access before, during, or after an inspection. The development of a QTVR bridge record consists of four major steps: selection of the camera stations, acquisition of the digital images, creation of cylindrical or cubic panoramas, and rendering of the QTVR file. Specific details related to these steps are provided, as applied to various bridge inspection projects. The potential impact of QTVR on bridge management--in which routine inspection data are a factor in making decisions regarding the future maintenance, rehabilitation, or replacement of a bridge--is discussed.


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  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: p. 29-35
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  • Accession Number: 00962062
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 0309085608
  • Files: TRIS, TRB, ATRI
  • Created Date: Aug 13 2003 12:00AM