Estimation of infrastructure distress initiation and progression models from condition surveys

Samer Madanat, Srinivas Bulusu, Amr Mahmoud

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Abstract

Infrastructure distress models predict the initiation and progression of distress on a facility over time as a function of age, design characteristics, environmental factors etc. Examples of facility distress include cracking, rutting etc. Facility condition survey datasets typically include a large number of structural zeros indicating absence of distress at the time of observation. Most distress progression models in the literature are simple regression models that are estimated using the sample of observations for which distress has been initiated. These models are statistically erroneous because they suffer from selectivity bias due to the non-random nature of the estimation sample used. In this paper, we apply an econometric method to estimate joint discrete-continuous models of infrastructure distress initiation and progression while correcting for selectivity bias. An empirical case study demonstrates this method for the case of highway pavement cracking models. It is shown that selectivity bias can be a very serious problem in such models.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages247-256
Number of pages10
StatePublished - 1997
EventProceedings of the 1997 Speciality Conference on Infrastructure Condition Assessment: Art, Science, Practice - Boston, MA, USA
Duration: Aug 25 1997Aug 27 1997

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OtherProceedings of the 1997 Speciality Conference on Infrastructure Condition Assessment: Art, Science, Practice
CityBoston, MA, USA
Period8/25/978/27/97

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering(all)

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    Madanat, S., Bulusu, S., & Mahmoud, A. (1997). Estimation of infrastructure distress initiation and progression models from condition surveys. 247-256. Paper presented at Proceedings of the 1997 Speciality Conference on Infrastructure Condition Assessment: Art, Science, Practice, Boston, MA, USA, .