A Risk-Based Framework for Optimizing Inspection Planning of Utah Culverts

Management of culvert assets is an issue important to all state departments of transportation. Given the number of culverts and the potential risk of roadway disruption and property damage due to poorly maintained culverts, a systematic method to assess the condition and perform needed maintenance should be the goal of a culvert management system. In this project, the research team will develop a robust system to monitor culverts' condition, and the team will provide a risk-based framework for life cycle analysis. Culverts can be tracked based on the current condition and risk of failure. Most of the important life cycle risk factors are linked to the culvert and can be monitored to predict potential failures in the future. Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) staff can repair/replace the culvert in advance and prevent high costs.


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  • Status: Completed
  • Funding: $72000
  • Contract Numbers:


  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology

    University Transportation Centers Program
    Department of Transportation
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Managing Organizations:

    Mountain-Plains Consortium

    North Dakota State University
    Fargo, ND  United States  58108
  • Project Managers:

    Tolliver, Denver

  • Performing Organizations:

    Dept. of Civil and Environmental Engineering

    University of Utah
    Salt Lake City, UT  United States 
  • Principal Investigators:

    Rashidi, Abbas

  • Start Date: 20220629
  • Expected Completion Date: 20240731
  • Actual Completion Date: 20230808
  • USDOT Program: University Transportation Centers Program
  • Source Data: MPC-692

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01851108
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Mountain-Plains Consortium
  • Contract Numbers: 69A3551747108
  • Files: UTC, RIP
  • Created Date: Jul 7 2022 1:37PM