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Periodic Report Summary 1 - BRIDGE SMS (Intelligent Bridge Assessment Maintenance and Management System)


BRIDGE SMS EU/FP7 project couples state-of-the art scientific and industrial expertise in: Hydraulics and hydrology, structural and geotechnical engineering, materials and infrastructure management. Bridge SMS main objectives are:
• Development of standardised methods for bridge scour inspection.
• Development of standards for bridge assessment and management.
• Calculation of the risks and management procedure for potential effects of flood events.
• Development of a database framework which is designed for intuitive use and encourages participation by personnel at all levels within management authorities.
• Development of a system that:
o Collects, integrates and processes real-time data at regular intervals from weather and hydrologic sources, meters and gauges, and other sensing devices.
o will rapidly notify (based on in-built intelligence and decision-making processes), relevant personnel of possible maintenance and failure issues.
o will advise in relation to current Scour Risk at bridge structures and prompt an appropriate Plan of Action (POA) which may involve various levels of maintenance and repair.
o which will prioritize and optimize the operational and maintenance budget spend for infrastructure companies.
• Maximum use of new Information and Communications Technology (ICT) hardware such as tablets and cloud-based systems for on-site rapid communications, data collection and analysis.

The objectives are achieved through completion of the following Work Packages:

WP 1 Management
WP 2 Technical Research
WP 3 Development of Bridge Scour Management System
WP 4 Knowledge Transfer and Training
WP 5 Dissemination and Commercialisation

The following deliverables from WP 1, WP 2 and WP 5 are completed and delivered:

D.1.1 Website Design & Maintenance
D.1.2 Consortium Agreement
D.1.3 Quality Assurance Manual
D.2.1 Identification of input bridge and scour data sets
D.2.2 Development of Methodologies and tools for Bridge Scour Management System
D.2.3 Development of specifications for Intelligent DSS
D.5.1 Dissemination Plan

The Website is live and is regularly updated by the project partners. The Consortium Agreement and Quality Assurance Manual were completed and circulated to partners. Dissemination plan is completed and in operation. The WP 2 is completed and the main technical deliverables: D.2.1, D.2.2 and D.2.3 are used for the software development.

Work on Work Package 3 is now well under way. The components for structural and scour inspections have been developed for general and detailed bridge inspection. A general and detailed bridge scour inspection module has been developed in Excel, and for mobile devices (general inspection) using the Offline Survey Android Application.

As part of a new Flood Early Warning System (FEWS), two monitoring systems are under development: Weather Information Logging Device (WILD) and Bridge Information Recording Device (BIRD).

Main results achieved so far:

• The selected Pilot study includes total of 6 pilot bridges in Co. Cork, Ireland at Bandon Catchment. The total catchment area is 598km2.
• Locations for new rainfall gauges identified. Rainfall data is collected from one existing rainfall gauge at Dunmanway and two more sites are going to be implemented in March 2016 (WILD installation). Water level data is collected from the three OPW hydro gauges and with two more gauges installed on Bridge site as part of BIRD development. To see an example of Bridge SMS data, go to ARCTIS real time data (WILD) via link:
• Guidelines for structural and scour inspection of bridges were developed and handed to Cork CoCo. for further testing and implementation
• Office and field training manuals for Guidelines for Scour Inspection of Bridges have been established and with two training sessions held with Cork CoCo. staff to date.
• The ARCHIBUS Platform has been selected for the presentation of general stream data, site data, flood-event data, external data, detailed scour measurements.
• The WILD prototype one was developed and tested on site. The system is estimated to lower the cost of data loggers and telemetry systems by more than 50%. The innovation received the Silver Medal award at the 14th International Exhibition of Inventions ARCA 2016.
• Bridge SMS has gained access to weather forecasts and results to be used as part of a new FEWS:
o Flood Early Warning System for the Bandon River
o European Flood Awareness System (EFAS)
• Organisation of Bridge SMS Seminar series
• 40 secondment and research months completed to date.
• More than a dozen technical meetings and workshops organised more than 15 training events and workshops attended
• Membership of 13 professional bodies
• Two journal papers submitted for publication and three conference proceedings published. Numerous of abstracts for conferences applied.
• Established collaboration with Regional bodies (Dublin City Council, South Dublin City Council), National bodies (Icelandic Transport Authority, DOT Ireland, EPA Ireland, OPW Ireland, MetEireann), Higher Education bodies (Deltares Netherlands; University of Glasgow, University College Dublin, University of Minho), Membership of 4 COST Actions

Expected final results, their potential impact and use:

• The consortium members involved in bridge asset management will benefit from the use of the system, free of royalties relating specifically to the Bridge-SMS project.
• IP needs to be considered in relation to software development. It is the intention to fully explore the possibility of an Open Source Software approach.
• Opportunities will arise to develop National /International Standards for Bridge/Bridge scour inspections.

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