Simulation-based planning of concrete bridge deck inspection with non-destructive technologies

Sherif Abdelkhalek, Tarek Zayed

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Inspection process provides beneficial information to assess the current condition of the bridge deck, which is an essential factor in identifying the most appropriate and timely maintenance strategy. Practically, there are a huge number of bridges that need frequent inspection, which makes planning for this process crucial. In this regard, a bridge deck inspection planning (BDIP) model was developed to manage the inspection process of the concrete bridge deck. This model integrates agent-based and discrete event simulation approaches to mimic the sub-processes involved in the inspection using non-destructive technologies. This paper discusses the details and the adopted procedures to build this model starting from real system analysis to model verification, implementation, and validation. Verification and validation of the model demonstrate its ability to accurately estimate inspection duration and cost. The developed model can assist bridge authorities and contractors in planning this process, measure the traffic disorder due to inspection activities, and compare different scenarios for conducting inspection.

Original languageEnglish
Article number103337
JournalAutomation in Construction
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2020


  • Agent-based simulation
  • Concrete bridge deck
  • Discrete event simulation
  • Hybrid simulation
  • Inspection
  • Non-destructive technologies
  • Planning

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Building and Construction


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