Database and Bridges{Comments Off on Database and Bridges}

The article that I read explains how database is applied in the assessment of bridge condition. Basically the author explains how increasing traffic is leading to structural damage along with growing age, and with the modern economy, it is to expensive to repair a bridge and it would actually be cheaper to just rebuild a new one. The problem is that building a new bridge is very expensive still and the absence of a bridge for an extended period of time could completely collapse the local economy and driving on a damaged bridge is extremely unsafe and could threaten lives. The solution regarding this problem of how to make use of limited maintenance funds to improve the serviceability and safety of the bridge is a lot easier with the implementation of a database. The national bridge management system can record the relevant bridge information, as well as, combine the project-level and network-level bridge management in a integrated system. It can apply the contemporary technologies to decision making and also support all the work flows and tables of bridge management. Finally, it provides data to relevant functional departments.

I found this article interesting because it shows real a real world application of database technology and doesn’t just talk about theory. It expresses a genuine use of this great technology and brings an interest to me while I’m learning about this technology. During school it has become increasingly hard for me to gain a great level of interest in some of the topics and this article has helped to become more interested in the topic of database technology.

This article is relevant to class because it shows how data can be transformed into useful information that can be applied to solve a real-world problem.

Deshan Shan; Chunyu Fu; Qiao Li; , “Application of Database Technology in Bridge Condition Assessment,” Intelligent System Design and Engineering Application (ISDEA), 2010 International Conference on , vol.1, no., pp.331-334, 13-14 Oct. 2010
doi: 10.1109/ISDEA.2010.264 URL: