New tools for inspection of gusset plates

Higgins C., Turan O. T., Nguyen Q.

6th New York City Bridge Conference on Modern Techniques in Design, Inspection, Monitoring and Rehabilitation of Bridge Structures, New-York, United States Of America, 25 - 26 July 2011, pp.161-167 identifier

  • Publication Type: Conference Paper / Full Text
  • City: New-York
  • Country: United States Of America
  • Page Numbers: pp.161-167
  • Istanbul Technical University Affiliated: No


After the collapse of the I-35 W Bridge in Minneapolis, Minnesota, gusset plate connections now must be evaluated by transportation agencies. Connection evaluations require accurate as-built drawings. A new methodology has been developed that permits rapid collection of accurate field measurements of connection plate geometry. The method uses close-range photogrammetry techniques to rectify field-collected digital images. Consumer-grade cameras are used to produce scaled orthographic photographs (orthophotos) of the bridge connections. The approach enables rapid and accurate collection of field measurements and allows for direct assessment of the connection using the high fidelity results. Implementation of the techniques does not require specialized knowledge and it has been practicably employed under field conditions using current technology and personnel.