Towards Structural Strength and Safety Evaluation Within Bridge Management Systems

by George Hearn, Univ of Colorado, Boulder, CO, USA,
Dan M. Frangopol, Univ of Colorado, Boulder, CO, USA,
Milanendu Chakravorty, Univ of Colorado, Boulder, CO, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Structures Congress XII


Bridge management systems being implemented by transportation departments in the United States are limited in their ability to consider structural strength and safety when preparing recommendations for maintenance operations. An ability to assess strength and safety can be made a part of management systems by a proper selection of data and the integration of established analytical approaches. This paper briefly reviews the capabilities of bridge management systems and outlines an approach to the evaluation of strength and safety within management systems.

Subject Headings: Structural safety | Structural strength | Systems management | Bridge tests | Strength of materials | Transportation safety | Safety | Highway bridges | United States

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