Bridge Health Monitoring and Inspections – A Survey of Methods

Since the collapse of the I-35W bridge in August 2007, bridge health monitoring has become an area of intense interest. This report defines terminology related to bridge health monitoring and provides a general glossary of available monitoring systems. The glossary is meant to help readers make an informed decision by understanding how different systems function and their strengths and weakness. The authors developed a questionnaire to send to commercial companies offering monitoring systems. Of the 72 questionnaires that were sent to commercial companies, 38 companies responded and are included in this report. From information provided with these questionnaires, available commercial systems are briefly summarized. Criteria for system evaluation were developed to help the bridge owner narrow down company choices for bridge application. After the owner answers a set of questions pertaining to a particular bridge, a program developed in Microsoft EXCEL helps the bridge owner decide the best system for a particular situation. An example is provided for program clarity. Once company choice is narrowed down, additional criteria were developed to aid in final product choice.

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    • Title as it appears on the cover: Bridge Health Monitoring and Inspections Systems - A Survey of Methods. Title as it appears on the title page: Bridge Health Monitoring and Inspection – A Survey of Methods. The title used is from the documentation page - all three titles are slightly different.
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    University of Minnesota, Twin Cities

    Department of Civil Engineering, 500 Pillsbury Drive, SE
    Minneapolis, MN  United States  55455

    Minnesota Department of Transportation

    Research Services Section, 395 John Ireland Boulevard, Mail Stop 330
    St Paul, MN  United States  55155
  • Authors:
    • Gastineau, Andrew
    • Johnson, Tyler
    • Schultz, Arturo E
  • Publication Date: 2009-9


  • English

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  • Media Type: Web
  • Edition: Final Report
  • Features: Appendices; Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 194p

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  • Accession Number: 01147866
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: MN/RC 2009-29
  • Contract Numbers: 89261 (wo) 97
  • Created Date: Jan 14 2010 1:53PM