Selecting the optimal maintenance and rehabilitation strategy (M&R-strategy) within the actual budget is a key point in bridge management for which an accurate assessment of performance and deterioration rate is necessary. For this assessment, the use of a permanent monitoring system has several advantages compared to the traditional approach of scattered visual inspections combined with occasional on-site testing with portable equipment and laboratory testing of collected samples. This paper identifies the main bridge owner requirements to permanent monitoring systems and outlines how permanent monitoring systems may be used for performance and deterioration rate assessment to establish a better basis for selecting the optimal M&R-strategy. The presented Case History is the Skovdiget Western Bridge, selected for field testing of the integrated monitoring system developed during the Brite/Euram project "Integrated Monitoring Systems for Durability Assessment of Concrete Structures" (SMART STRUCTURES). The project started in September 1998 and aims at reducing the costs of inspection, maintenance and rehabilitation of existing concrete bridges and minimising the corresponding traffic regulations. The objective and plan for monitoring the selected bridge are described based on the results of an initial inspection combining visual inspection, on-site testing with portable equipment and laboratory testing of collected samples. For the covering abstract see ITRD E106406.


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  • Pagination: p. 129-36

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  • Accession Number: 00801547
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • ISBN: 0-7277-2854-7
  • Files: ITRD
  • Created Date: Nov 8 2000 12:00AM