Challenges Related to Probabilistic Decision Analysis for Bridge Testing and Reclassification

Jacob Wittrup Schmidt*, Sebastian Thöns, Medha Kapoor, Christian Overgaard Christensen, Svend Engelund, John D. Sørensen

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    This paper reviews historical developments and recent challenges in full scale bridge testing and introduces results- and hypotheses related to an ongoing bridge testing research project. This research project encompasses full scale bridge testing in conjunction with bearing capacity analysis as well as related contact- and non-contact monitoring procedures combined with a decision analytical approach. Results from the first steps of the project, focusing on full scale load testing of bridges, are presented. The next part approaches the interfaces between three project areas namely the bearing capacity analysis, the utilization of monitoring procedures and a decision analytical approach. The proposed probabilistic decision analysis approach is described for two scenarios: (1) The decision support for the actual proof load test providing decision rules for a safe and efficient in-situ test and (2) for the identification of efficient strategies for the bridge reclassification accounting for modeling, simulation, and monitoring information. The paper concludes with a summary highlighting deemed challenges in the used approaches.
    Original languageEnglish
    Article number14
    JournalFrontiers in Built Environment
    Publication statusPublished - 2020


    • Load testing
    • Bridge reclassification
    • Decision analysis
    • Probabilistic analysis
    • Bridges


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