Bridge quality appraisal methodology: application in a reinforced concrete overpass roadway bridge
Artikel i vetenskaplig tidskrift, 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.

Analytical hierarchy process


Quality control

Performance indicators

Asset management

Architecture and Civil Engineering

Arkitektur och samhällsbyggnadsteknik

Construction management


Dimosthenis Kifokeris

Aristotelio Panepistimio Thessalonikis

José António Campos e Matos

Universidade do Minho

Yiannis Xenidis

Aristotelio Panepistimio Thessalonikis

Luís Bragança

Universidade do Minho

Journal of Infrastructure Systems

1076-0342 (ISSN)

Vol. 24 4 04018034

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

European Cooperation in Science and Technology (COST) (TU1406), 2015-04-16 -- 2019-04-16.


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