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Graphical 3D Visualization of Highway Bridge Ratings

TitleGraphical 3D Visualization of Highway Bridge Ratings
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2009
AuthorsEsch, G., M. H. Scott, and E. Zhang
JournalJournal of Computing in Civil Engineering
Date Published00/2009

Aging highway infrastructure requires effective rating methodologies to prioritize bridges for rehabilitation and repair. To aid engineers in decision making regarding bridge maintenance, a three-dimensional (3D) visualization system is developed for rating reinforced concrete deck-girder bridge. Color codings show the most probable mode of failure for girder cross sections under combined moment-shear forces and allow an engineer to determine a rehabilitation strategy. The visualization system relies on 3D finite-element analyses using the open source framework OpenSees, making the system readily extensible to a wide range of bridge types and loading scenarios, as well as emergent reliability-based rating methodologies. Important features of the visualization system are emphasized, including the use of lighting and feature edge detection to improve the visual quality of a bridge model. Recent developments in scientific visualization are discussed for potential application to civil engineering problems.

Short TitleJ. Comp. in Civ. Engrg.