An Expert System for the Esthetic Rating of Bridges

Report No: 90-R13

Published in 1990

About the report:

The expert system presented should facilitate the in-depth analysis of bridge esthetics and encourage high standards for the appearance of bridges. The procedure described systematically evaluates features of a target bridge in relation to a similar comparator bridge, guided by a set of 177 rules established by experts. The rules, however, require some interpretation by the evaluator because of the subjective nature of the material. Nevertheless, the process leads to a numerical esthetic rating index for any type of highway girder bridge, with ratings falling between 0, the lowest, and 10, the highest.

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.


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William Zuk

Last updated: December 27, 2023

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