Assessing the Suitability of Bridge Scour Monitoring Devices

Paul J Vardanega*, Gianna Gavriel, Maria Pregnolato

*Corresponding author for this work

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Bridge scour is a complex bridge management problem. It is also a difficult forensic engineering challenge as the greatest risk occurs during large flows and flood events, when visual inspection of the bridge piers is often not possible. This paper presents a review of scour prediction and modelling methods, whose results are used to determine the key parameters that scour monitoring systems need to capture. Then, a review of existing monitoring approaches and technologies for scour monitoring is presented. The paper concludes with the proposal of a novel rating system to evaluate different scour monitoring techniques. The new rating system is trialled ex-post for seven previously published bridge scour monitoring case studies to illustrate the use of the new methodology.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)105-117
Number of pages13
JournalProceedings of the ICE - Forensic Engineering
Issue number4
Early online date2 Mar 2021
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2021

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
The third author was supported by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (ESPRC) Living with Environmental Change (LWEC) Fellowship (EP/R00742X/2). Data Availability Statement

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  • Bridges
  • Foundations
  • Floods & floodworks


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