Three-dimensional visualization and presentation of bridge deck condition based on multiple NDE data

Jinyoung Kim, Nenad Gucunski, Trung H. Duong, Kien Dinh

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A method is developed for presentation of a concrete bridge deck condition assessed by multiple nondestructive evaluation (NDE) technologies using a three-dimensional (3D) visualization program. Four types of NDE data are merged and visualized in the program: (1) impact echo for mapping and describing the severity level of concrete delamination; (2) ultrasonic surface wave for concrete quality (elastic modulus) assessment; (3) electrical resistivity for estimating the corrosion rate of steel reinforcement; and (4) high-resolution imaging of a bridge deck surface for documenting signs of deterioration, previous repairs, and surface wear. The developed visualization platform integrates the four NDE data types and visualizes in a 3D space in a very intuitive way. As such, the program assists in understanding of the complex relationships of bridge deck conditions assessed by multiple NDE techniques. In addition, a correlation between external (surface cracks, wear, and previous repairs) and internal deterioration (delamination, concrete degradation, and corrosion) can be studied and visually identified utilizing the developed 3D visualization program.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numberB4016012
JournalJournal of Infrastructure Systems
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 1 2017

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Civil and Structural Engineering


  • Bridge decks
  • Bridge inspection
  • Concrete
  • Data analysis
  • Nondestructive tests
  • Visual techniques


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