Software agents in bridge management

Elhadi Shakshuki, George Morcous

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Abstract

Traditionally Bridge Management Systems (BMSs) have been developed as decision-support systems to assist bridge owners in maximizing the safety and the serviceability of bridge networks under budget constraints. Although the data stored in a BMS database can be of valuable use to other BMS users, most of these systems have been developed as independent stand-alone systems. Data accessing and transfer operations are performed manually. Towards this end, this paper presents an intelligent interface agent that facilitates the interactions between the BMSs and relief the users from being the controllers and the decision makers of these systems. This agent is autonomous, goal-driven, dynamic and collaborative, and acts as a mediator between the user and the bridge management environment. It builds modules of the BMS components and monitors their contents. This approach facilitates the reusability of this agent and offers the user a common, flexible and customizable interface that can be used for different BMSs. It monitors the contents of the BMS and provides the users with up-to-date information required for performance prediction and life-cycle cost analysis. The feasibility of the proposed approach is demonstrated using an example.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 2005 International Conference on Information and Knowledge Engineering, IKE'05
Pages85-90
Number of pages6
StatePublished - 2005
Event2005 International Conference on Information and Knowledge Engineering, IKE'05 - Las Vegas, NV, United States
Duration: Jun 20 2005Jun 23 2005

Publication series

NameProceedings of the 2005 International Conference on Information and Knowledge Engineering, IKE'05

Conference

Conference2005 International Conference on Information and Knowledge Engineering, IKE'05
CountryUnited States
CityLas Vegas, NV
Period6/20/056/23/05

Keywords

  • Agents
  • Bridge management

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Computational Theory and Mathematics
  • Information Systems

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