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Time-efficient paperless visual inspection of Zonguldak-Irmak railroad bridges

Caner, Alp
Türer, Ahmet
The visual condition assessment grading of bridges is typically done at the bridge site by filling paper forms and taking pictures of the bridge elements in a very time inefficient way, followed by post-processing at the office. The new iPad application allows not only a flexible grading system but also allows to take pictures of the interested elements at the site that can be e-mailed to the owner just seconds after completion of the inspection with proper reporting system. The focus of this paper is given to describe the time-efficient paperless visual inspection system that has been used for the first time in visual inspection of bridges in Turkey, which eliminates the post-processing works at the office. Time savings in terms of visual inspection of bridges is significant compared to the conventional methods.