An Expert System as Applied to Bridges: Software Development Phase

Report No: 90-R1

Published in 1989

About the report:

This report describes the results of the third of a four-part study dealing with the use of a computerized expert system to assist bridge engineers in their structures management program. In this phase of the study, software (called DOBES) was written incorporating the knowledge base presented in the second phase of the study (VTRC Report No. 88-R6, November 1987) relating to the disposition of old bridges. DOBES provides recommendations as to whether a bridge should be rehabilitated, improved, replaced, abandoned, or simply maintained. A future study will test, evaluate, and refine this program for eventual operational use.

Disclaimer Statement:The contents of this report reflect the views of the author(s), who is responsible for the facts and the accuracy of the data presented herein. The contents do not necessarily reflect the official views or policies of the Virginia Department of Transportation, the Commonwealth Transportation Board, or the Federal Highway Administration. This report does not constitute a standard, specification, or regulation. Any inclusion of manufacturer names, trade names, or trademarks is for identification purposes only and is not to be considered an endorsement.


Other Authors

William Zuk, Jonathan Newbrough

Last updated: December 27, 2023

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