Author

Al-Bataineh

Date of Award

12-2002

Degree Name

Master of Science

Department

Civil and Construction Engineering

First Advisor

Dr. Osama Abudayyeh

Second Advisor

Dr. Ikhlas Abdel-Qader

Third Advisor

Dr. L. Jawaher Nesan

Access Setting

Masters Thesis-Open Access

Abstract

Bridges are the most important element in the road network because of, the strategic position a bridge occupies, its direct impact on safety, and its high cost. Therefore, a continuous maintenance and inspection should be performed. During the past years visual inspection has been the primary method of bridge inspection.

Pontis is a comprehensive bridge management system developed as a tool to assist in the challenging task of bridge management. Pontis stores bridge inventory and inspection data and formulates network-wide preservation and improvement policies for use in evaluating the needs of each bridge in a network.

The concrete bridge inspection information system was created to replace the visual inspection using the imaging processing techniques. The redundant aspects were eliminated and the relational model was created using the Entity Relationship in the 3rd normal form.

Both the Pontis elements and the condition rating were used as the link between the system and the Pontis.

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