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Field Vehicle

The capabilities of the S-BRITE Center are enhanced considerably because of its field vehicle.  The Dodge Sprinter 3500 provides a mobile lab equipped with all of the data acquisition equipment, tools, and materials needed for S-BRITE Center Researchers to respond to every need of bridge owners and their consultants.  Some projects have been well planned in advance, while others have required mobilization within hours of notification.  Researchers at S-BRITE Center have experience with both and a key part of that ability to respond is the field vehicle.  A sampling of those projects are included below, as well as some interesting facts about the field vehicle.    

2008 Dodge Sprinter 3500 (Purdue Vehicle 909)

 

Quick Response Mobile Field Office & Workshop

  • Uncommon fast-response capability;
  • Equipped with tools, materials, and instrumentation for remote field applications

I-465 bridge exposed to propane tanker explosion. Team was mobilized
the same night of the accident to inspect the bridge structure to ensure
public safety. A more thorough investigation ensued.

The Milton-Madison Bridge over the Ohio River experienced a bearing failure
during construction of the new span. S-BRITE Center Team was onsite
within 12 hours of the request by the EOR.

Mobile office provides space for planning, deliberation, discussion, preparation,
preliminary analysis, etc. at the site of the investigation. The lights and reflective
tape help ensure roadside safety, day or night.
 

Workshop area for instrumentation preparation
 
 

States Visited by the Field Research Vehicle

Sample projects that required the Sprinter Field Research Vehicle

  • Investigation of I-465 bridge exposed to propane tanker explosion and fire
  • Evaluation of member and structural redundancy on the US-421 bridge (Milton-Madison) over the Ohio River
  • Guidelines for rating, inspection, and acquisition of railroad flatcar bridges
  • Development of fatigue loading and design methodology for high-mast light poles
  • Field instrumentation for the evaluation of I-64 Sherman Minton Bridge
  • Evaluation of effects of super-heavy loading on the US-41 bridge over the White River
  • Field monitoring of vibrations in tower assembly (SAT 2010), Valmont Industries, Inc.
  • Development and verification of web-based bridge monitoring interface: Virginia Ave. Bridge over I-65
  • Field instrumentation for the evaluation of SR 79 Matthew Welch (Maukport) Bridge
  • Evaluation of SR 69 Bob Cummings (Cannelton) Bridge
  • Monitoring of the Milton-Madison Bridge during jacking operations following bearing failure

Field instrumentation for the evaluation of I-64 Sherman Minton Bridge over the Ohio River

Evaluation of effects of super-heavy loading on the US-41 bridge over the Ohio River

 

Additional photos from Field Operations


NCHRP 10-74: Development of Fatigue Loading and Design Methodology for High-Mast Light Poles

Evaluation of Member and Structural Redundancy on the US-421 Bridge Over the Ohio River (Milton Madison Bridge)

Evaluation of Member and Structural Redundancy on the US-421 Bridge Over the Ohio River (Milton Madison Bridge)

Field Monitoring of Vibrations in Tower Assembly (SAT 2010), Valmont Industries, Inc.

Field Monitoring of Railroad Flatcar Bridge