Guimarães Final Conference 2019 - Panel 2

Guimarães Final Conference 2019 – Panel 2

March 14, 2019
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Panel 2


Title: The situation of road bridges in Europe, what can we do better?
Date: Monday, 25th March 2019 – 10:45 – 12:15

Abstract: Bridge failures such as one that recently occurred in Genova raise the anxiety of general public, which puts the pressure on road authorities to respond to inquires related to the quality of their bridge inventory. In the most cases the readily available data on bridges allow only qualitative information such as average condition state or percentages of bridges or deck areas in each condition state. The founded quantitative information on bridge safety and serviceability is not readily available not even for newly constructed structures although safety and serviceability criteria govern the bridge design. It seems not very reasonable that this information is not stored in the databases let alone updated based on inspection and monitoring results. The panel will discuss the possible ways to store and process design and inspection/monitoring data in order to assess safety and serviceability and based on it to decide upon maintenance intervention. Additionally, the information on safety and serviceability would be at the owner’s fingertips and is readily available in case of inquiries.

Rade Hajdin
University of Belgrade
Matej Kušar
University of Ljubljana
Rui Coutinho
Infraestruturas de Portugal
Christian Honeger
Arjen van Maaren
Rijkswaterstaat – Ministerie van Infrastructuur en Waterstaat
The Netherlands
Sam Beamish
Kier Highways Group
United Kingdom
Panagiotis Panetsos
Egnatia Odos S.A.