Probability of Detection Study for Bridge Inspection Related to Steel Bridges
To evaluate the current performance of inspectors with the industry's present standards of training, a comprehensive Probability of Detection (POD) study is underway to determine the likelihood of inspectors finding cracks of various sizes and surface corrosion on a bridge structure. This study will test an inspector's ability to identify different defects under various environmental conditions on a bridge structure.
The study will provide state transportation agencies, as well as private inspection agencies, invaluable information regarding typical inspector performance. The outcomes will be used to establish procedures to improve visual inspection reliability and develop inspector performance-based certification criteria and procedures.
Sponsor: Indiana Department of Transportation
Faculty Investigator: Dr. Robert J. Connor
Graduate Students: Luke Snyder and Julie Whitehead
Research Engineer: Jason B. Lloyd