The US Bridge Portal -Visualization Analytics Applications for the National Bridge Inventory (NBI) Database

SSRG International Journal of Civil Engineering (SSRG-IJCE)
© 2015 by SSRG - IJCE Journal
Volume-2 Issue-10
Year of Publication : 2015
Authors : Matija Radovic, Dr. Offei Adarkwa
  10.14445/23488352/IJCE-V2I10P101
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Citation:
      Matija Radovic, Dr. Offei Adarkwa "The US Bridge Portal -Visualization Analytics Applications for the National Bridge Inventory (NBI) Database", SSRG International Journal of Civil Engineering (SSRG - IJCE), V2(10),1-5 October 2015. ISSN:2348 – 8352. www.internationaljournalssrg.org/IJCE/index.html. Published by : Seventh Sense Research Group.
Abstract:
      For decades, the National Bridge Inventory (NBI) has served as an extensive resource used by bridge engineers and managers to study bridge deterioration patterns and plan funding allocations for repairs and rehabilitation. Data visualization in the form of static graphs and charts are used often to summarize findings. This approach may be limited considering the fact that the NBI database is multidimensional. In order to gain valuable information and insight from the NBI database, there is the need for interactive and dynamic visual data exploration tools. This paper discusses the US Bridge Portal (USBP), a visualization data mining web application used to explore the NBI data. The USBP is a data exploration tool which generates interactive maps from the NBI database to provide an overview of bridge conditions, attributes and needs in US states. Using a combination of cross-filters and spatial outputs, the dynamic maps generated have the potential to provide a greater level of insight into the NBI data which will lead to improved bridge management.
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Key Words:
      Data mining, Visualization, Bridges, Infrastructure management, US Bridge Portal.