Bridge quality appraisal methodology: application in a reinforced concrete overpass roadway bridge
Journal article, 2018

Bridge quality control plans and asset management systems are often integrated in collective frameworks used by authorities
nationally and internationally. Similarities among these frameworks include the utilization of performance indicators for quality appraisal. However, there are discrepancies in the ways such frameworks are researched, developed, and applied. Additionally, there are problematic aspects even in their common characteristics, like the relative absence of correlation between observed performance indicator values and benchmarked ones, and the deliverables’ disparity due to the diversity of the quantified indicator variables. For the alleviation of such problematic aspects, this paper presents a bridge quality appraisal methodological and computational framework. It builds on (1) the adaptation of the sustainable building methodology and its combination with expert input solicitation methods and the research findings of the European Cooperation in Science & Technology (COST) Action TU1406, and (2) a multi-input adaptation of the analytical hierarchy process. The methodology is presented in terms of its general procedural steps and calculating requirements, and then it is tailored to reinforced concrete overpass roadway bridges. The methodology’s application in a real case study concludes the presented research.


Quality control

Asset management

Analytical hierarchy process

Performance indicators

Arkitektur och samhällsbyggnadsteknik

Construction management

Architecture and Civil Engineering


Dimosthenis Kifokeris

Chalmers, Architecture and Civil Engineering, Construction Management

José António Campos e Matos

University of Minho

Yiannis Xenidis

Aristotle University of Thessaloniki

Luís Bragança

University of Minho

Journal of Infrastructure Systems

1076-0342 (ISSN)

Vol. 24 4 04018034-1-04018034-18 04018034

COST Action TU1406: Quality specifications for roadway bridges, standardization at a European level (BridgeSpec)

European Cooperation in Science and Technology (COST), 2015-04-16 -- 2019-04-16.

Areas of Advance

Building Futures (2010-2018)

Subject Categories

Construction Management

Other Civil Engineering



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