Computer Automated Bridge Inspection System
A procedure is given for automated data collection and reporting of bridge deficiencies. The procedure was developed at the University of Central Florida under the sponsorship of the Florida Department of Transportation. A computer program for field data collection based on the FDOT's Condensed Inspection Report (CIR) has been designed for a handheld computer. The program is used to input condition ratings and generate or edit comments for each bridge element on the CIR. A text-file record of the inspection is stored in the handheld computer for later uploading to an office based personal computer system. Visual information on bridge defects can be recorded with a camcorder, 35mm camera or sketch. The images are digitized and stored on computer disk with an automated system developed for the PC. The PC system uses the JetForm form designing and filling program to place the images and text-file inspection record onto the Cover, Condensed Inspection Report, Comprehensive Report of Deficiencies and Image Log forms. The complete bridge inspection reports are saved to computer disk for archiving and final copies are printed on a laser printer. This automated procedure was tested in a Florida Department of Transportation bridge inspection district. Time and cost comparisons are made for this automated procedure versus the conventional bridge inspection procedure now used by the FDOT.
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Master of Science (M.S.)
College of Engineering
Civil Engineering and Environmental Sciences
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Masters Thesis (Open Access)
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Davidson, Thomas E., "Computer Automated Bridge Inspection System" (1990). Retrospective Theses and Dissertations. 3969.