Prediction and Mitigation of Scour for Vermont Bridges

The majority of bridge failures in the United States and elsewhere are caused by scour, which was also observed in Vermont following the tropical storm Irene. Successfully mitigating such scour related problems associated with bridges is dependent on engineers' ability to reliably estimate scour potential, design effective scour prevention and countermeasures, design safe and economical foundation elements accounting for scour potential, and design reliable and economically feasible monitoring systems. The outcomes of this research project will enable the Agency of Transportation to holistically address the scour problem - predict the anticipated scour at a given site using modern numerical techniques such as artificial neural networks that employ the stream geomorphic data assembled by the Agency of Natural Resources; develop design and/or countermeasures techniques for bridge abutments that are appropriate for Vermont; and develop relatively low-cost passive sensors that will actively yet remotely communicate excessive scour.


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  • Status: Completed
  • Funding: $37012.00
  • Contract Numbers:



  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Research and Innovative Technology Administration

    University Transportation Centers Program
    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Project Managers:

    Troy, Austin

    Aultman-Hall, Lisa

  • Performing Organizations:

    UVM Transportation Center

    University of Vermont
    210 Colchester Avenue
    Burlington, VT  United States  05405
  • Principal Investigators:

    Frolik, Jeff

    Huston, Dryver

    Rizzo, Donna

    Dewoolkar, Mandar

  • Start Date: 20120601
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 20141231
  • Source Data: RiP Project 32172

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01566188
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: UVM Transportation Center
  • Contract Numbers: DTRT06-G-0018, 027398
  • Files: UTC, RIP
  • Created Date: Jun 12 2015 1:01AM