Development of a Bridge Inspection and Management Project

A research project is undertaken for the combined inspection and management of a pilot group of road bridges in Turkey based on the development of a bridge management system (BMS) for the General Directorate of Highways. The pilot study consists of visual inspections of 200 bridges and detailed inspections of 10 bridges. Visual inspections are planned to be carried out by photogrammetric techniques while detailed inspections will include techniques such as strength determination using probe test systems, ultrasonic testing, reinforcement corrosion detection and measurement. Details of the project are presented herein including budgetary and time schedules. Activities to be completed are presented. The developed system will enable monitoring the safety and maintenance costs of the bridges. The project is conducted by the Department of Engineering Sciences in the Middle East Technical University with the support of a software development firm.
34th IABSE Symposium, Large Structures and Infrastructures for Environmentally Constrained and Urbanized Areas, 22 - 24 Eylül 2010


Development of a bridge management system incorporating a newly developed model for element condition evaluation based on damage effects
Akgül, Ferhat (2013-12-01)
This article presents a comprehensive research project undertaken for the development of a bridge management system (BMS) for the General Directorate of Highways in Turkey, establishment of a prototype inspection program and the development of a new model, implemented within the BMS, for element condition state evaluation based on element damage types. As an introduction, a summary of the BMS development process is presented. Then, a detailed explanation of the newly developed model for element condition ev...
Tarihi Kurt Köprüsü (Mihraplı köprü, Vezirköprü) Restorasyonu Proje Ve Uygulama Çalışmaları
Halifeoğlu, F.Meral; Sert, Halide; Yılmaz, Süheyla (Middle East Technical University, Faculty of Architecture, 2013-12-1)
Apart from the construction of the new roads and bridges, it is one of the principal duties of the General Directorate of Highways to repair and maintain the historical bridges in accordance with the projects to be produced or caused to be produced by the General Directorate of Highways. Pursuant to the inventory records of historical bridges (kept until December 2012), it has been observed that there exist a total of 1646 each bridges in our country which is located on First Degree Seismic Zone, dating bac...
New bridge seismic isolation design specifications of Turkey
Dicleli, Murat; Milani, A.S.; Kurtman, B. (2021-01-01)
© 2021 Taylor & Francis Group, LondonUnder the sponsorship of General Directorate of Highways of Turkey, a new specification is developed for the seismic isolation design of highway and railway bridges. This paper describes the distinct features of the newly developed seismic isolation bridge design specifications of Turkey in comparison to AASHTO Guide Specifications for Seismic Isolation Design of Bridges and EN15129: European Standard on Anti-Seismic Devices. The comparative study is performed for differ...
Quantitative approach to rapid seismic evaluation of slab-on-girder steel highway bridges
Dicleli, Murat (1996-01-01)
A quantitative approach follows for developing a methodology for the rapid seismic evaluation and ranking of slab-on-girder steel highway bridges. In the development of this methodology, analytical expressions are introduced to calculate the seismically induced forces and displacements in bridge components, first assuming that damage to bearings is not acceptable and then removing this constraint. In the latter case, the superstructure is assumed to become unrestrained and slide on its supports. The seismic...
A New active control application for reduction of environmental noise in open spaces
Ülgen, Serkan; Sorguç, Arzu; Department of Building Science in Architecture (2016)
Today, rapid development of urban and industrial areas, growing motorway, airway and railway networks together with other sources, bring out noise as one of the major environmental problems. Studies show that one of the most annoying noise sources is the traffic noise in the cities. Sound barriers are conventional solutions applied to control traffic noise. However, the construction cost of these barriers, their aesthetical qualities and how they contribute to urban qualities are questionable. Today’s moder...
Citation Formats
F. Akgül, “Development of a Bridge Inspection and Management Project,” presented at the 34th IABSE Symposium, Large Structures and Infrastructures for Environmentally Constrained and Urbanized Areas, 22 - 24 Eylül 2010, Venice, Italy, 2010, Accessed: 00, 2021. [Online]. Available: