American Society of Civil Engineers

Bayesian Network Enhanced with Structural Reliability Methods: Application

by Daniel Straub, (corresponding author), (Associate Professor, Engineering Risk Analysis Group, Technical Univ. Munich, Arcisstr. 21, 80290 München, Germany E-mail: and Armen Der Kiureghian, M.ASCE, (Taisei Professor of Civil Engineering, Dept. of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Univ. of California, Berkeley, CA 94720. E-mail:

Journal of Engineering Mechanics, Vol. 136, No. 10, October 2010, pp. 1259-1270, (doi:

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Document type: Journal Paper
Abstract: The enhanced Bayesian network (eBN) methodology described in the companion paper facilitates the assessment of reliability and risk of engineering systems when information about the system evolves in time. We present the application of the eBN: (1) to the assessment of the life-cycle reliability of a structural system; (2) to the optimization of a decision on performing measurements in that structural system; and (3) to the risk assessment of an infrastructure system subject to natural hazards and deterioration of constituent structures. In all applications, observations of system performances or the hazards are made at various points in time and the eBN efficiently includes these observations in the analysis to provide an updated probabilistic model of the system at all times.

ASCE Subject Headings:
Structural reliability
Bayesian analysis

Author Keywords:
Structural reliability
Bayesian analysis
Structural systems