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Development of a Smart Timber Bridge-Phase V: Development of a Vehicle Characterization


Principal investigators:

Co-principal investigators:

Project status

In progress

Start date: 06/27/12
End date: 06/15/17


Sponsor(s): USDA Forest Products Laboratory

About the research


The purpose of the project is to develop automated techniques for determining vehicle characteristics as they cross the smart timber bridge. By determining vehicle characteristics--such as vehicle weight, axle weights, axle spacings, travel lane, speed, and so forth--it will be possible to enhance other algorithms for predicting usage and induced damage or deterioration.

Two different vehicle characterization approaches will be investigated: