Incorporation of seismic considerations in bridge management systems

Jerome Mayet, Samer Madanat

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The objective of this paper is to incorporate seismic hazard and risk analysis considerations, which are concerned with the occurrence of earthquakes and the vulnerability of structures, into bridge management systems. We develop a decision model for optimizing bridge maintenance, repair, and reconstruction (MR and R) policies that takes into account the occurrence of earthquake events. The model presented in this paper is not meant to be very detailed or comprehensive, but rather to allow us to obtain qualitative implications of including seismic considerations in bridge management systems. Based on four different case studies, we found that accounting for the probability of earthquake occurrence in a bridge MR and R decision-making model had a significant impact on the probability distribution of the bridge condition state, the optimal policies, and their total cost. Furthermore, we found that ignoring the probability of destruction due to earthquakes would lead to errors in budgeting.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)185-193
Number of pages9
JournalComputer-Aided Civil and Infrastructure Engineering
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2002

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Computer Graphics and Computer-Aided Design
  • Computational Theory and Mathematics


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