Evaluation of Bridge Decks Using Non-Destructive Evaluation (NDE) at Near Highway Speeds for Effective Asset Management - Implementation for Routine Inspection

3DOBS about to collect data over the I-69N bridge over St. Joseph River in MDOT's Southwest Region.Bridge Inspection using 3D Optical Bridge-evaluation System


Project Summary


Project Number: SPR-1617C
Contract Number: 2010-0295
Status: Complete
Start Date: 11/01/2012
End Date 10/31/2018

Inspection, concrete, concrete bridge deck, remote sensing, condition assessment, field demonstration


This project focused on implementing the 3DOBS technology (developed under Phase I and Phase II) for successful detection, quantification, and visualization of concrete bridge deck distress features at near-highway speeds for routine MDOT inspections. The integration and further re-defining of the 3DOBS methods into MDOT practices was accomplished by assessing 11 bridge decks with an average size of 10,350 ft2. Distress features were categorized according to the Bridge Element Inspection Manual and compared to traditional (visual) element level inspection results. The Great Lakes Engineering Group, LLC worked with the research team to inspect, interpret, report results, and advise on current condition state reporting requirements. The project team also trained MDOT bridge inspectors in the use of the remote sensing equipment, data collection, data processing, and reporting through multiple different training sessions. A cost comparison between 3DOBS and traditional inspection methods was conducted, with 3DOBS costing an average of $92 per bridge, as compared to $39 for traditional methods. For producing standard element level condition state tables, 3DOBS cost more than a traditional inspector, but is still estimated to be less than $100 for an average bridge in this study.



Phase I - Final Report

Phase II - Final Report

Phase III - Final Report


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Project Organization


MDOT Research Manager MDOT Project Manager Performing Organization(s)
Research Manager Michael Townley Project Manager Brandon Boatman Michigan Technological University logo
Michael Townley Brandon Boatman Michigan Technological University