Complex Network Perspectives Towards Accelerated Bridge Construction (ABC)

Despite the fact that accelerated bridge construction (ABC) reduces many uncertainties associated with construction processes and performance during service life, ABC related activities can create impacts on the road network carrying regular traffic. The problem may get escalated during a major hurricane in coastal areas while a number of people trying to evacuate from the vulnerable area several days ahead of landfall. As such, network positions or credentials of bridges based on their topography or connectivity need to be assessed to prioritize or stage ABC activities. There have been limited investigations by many states to monitor the cascading effects of traffic due to ABC related activities and to identify more efficient strategies to pursue such activities while reducing overall system-wide impact. ABC-UTC is planning to embark on coordinated and extensive network experiments at different geographic scales to apply complex network science principles to the study of bridge networks and ABC related activities. This research will use geographic information systems (GIS) modeling along with Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) bridge and road network data to run network experiments and prioritize certain bridges based on their network credentials.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Contract to a Performing Organization has not yet been awarded.


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  • Status: Completed
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  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Florida International University

    10555 West Flagler Street
    Miami, FL  United States  33174

    Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology

    University Transportation Centers Program
    Department of Transportation
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Start Date: 20191201
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 20210701

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01727181
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Accelerated Bridge Construction University Transportation Center (ABC-UTC)
  • Contract Numbers: 69A3551747121
  • Files: UTC, RIP
  • Created Date: Jan 6 2020 1:51PM