AI/ML-assisted Analysis of the IABSE Bridge Collapse Database

Güner, Ismail; Proske, Dirk (9 July 2023). AI/ML-assisted Analysis of the IABSE Bridge Collapse Database In: 14th International Conference on Applications of Statistics and Probability in Civil Engineering, ICASP14 (pp. 1-8). Trinity College Dublin

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Former statistical analyses of bridge collapse data show that concrete bridges collapse significantly less frequently than bridges made of steel or wood. Since the main causes of bridge collapses worldwide are floods and associated fluvial processes, such as scouring, debris flows, etc. and impacts, it is reasonable to assume that the high dead load of concrete bridges leads to an overall more robust behavior in these events. This paper will examine whether the IABSE collapse database confirms this hypothesis and whether indications of further causes can be identified. For this purpose, the IABSE collapse database is examined using artificial intelligence and machine learning (AI/ML) methods. However, the AI/ML analysis does not confirm the previous thesis. Possible reasons for the rejection of the thesis, such as the representativeness of the data, are also discussed. An extension of the database for events with large numbers of collapses is recommended.

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School of Architecture, Wood and Civil Engineering
School of Architecture, Wood and Civil Engineering > AHB Teaching


Güner, Ismail and
Proske, Dirk


T Technology > TA Engineering (General). Civil engineering (General)
T Technology > TG Bridge engineering


Trinity College Dublin




Dirk Proske

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25 Jul 2023 13:51

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25 Jul 2023 13:51




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