Category: Graduate Student Seminar Critical Impacting Factors/Trends on Bridge Design, Construction, and Operation for Future Planning

January 28, 2022 1:00 pm

In this quarterly Research Seminar, Lu Zhang, Ph.D., Principal Investigator; and A.M.M. Muhaimin, M.S.C.M. Student, present work under the ABC-UTC research project entitled Understanding Critical Impacting Factors and Trends on Bridge Design, Construction, and Maintenance for Future Planning [ABC-UTC-2016-C2-FIU07], conducted at Florida International University.

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Description: Various impacting factors (e.g., technology advancement, climate change) may significantly impact bridge performance and asset management in the near future. This seminar presents a study that identifies the critical impacting factors and examines how these factors would impact bridge design, construction, and operation. Through in-depth interviews (N=21) and surveys (N=108) with bridge experts from transportation agencies, a total of 30 factors were identified. Among the factors, “Construction Cost,” “New Construction Materials or Structures,” “New Construction Techniques,” and “Extreme Events” were considered as the most impactful and trending factors. This study offers a holistic and deep understanding of the multifaceted factors that could affect bridges in the future, which is critical for introducing proactive and timely policies and strategies that address new challenges.




Lu Zhang, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Moss Department of Construction Management
Florida International University


A.M.M. Muhaimin, M.S.
(M.S., August 2021, FIU)
Moss Department of Construction Management
Florida International University

Presentation Graphics:

Figure 1. Research methods

Figure 2. Impacting factors on bridge design, construction, and operation

Figure 3. Mean indexing of impact ratings of all factors

Figure 4. Impact ratings and trend ratings of impacting factors

Question & Answer Period: Submit your questions when you register for the seminar and also in the question box during the seminar. (15 minutes)

Certificate of Attendance: Each site registered for this seminar will receive an email for your response. Just click the first link in the email to obtain a certificate. For multiple participants at a site, the point-of-contact registrant for that site also clicks the second link in the email, logs in, and clicks “Attendees” to provide first name, last name, and email address for each participant at that site; each participant will then receive an automatic email with link to print an individual certificate. Accessing the second link in the email will also allow participants to print certificates for past seminars that were attended by simply clicking the seminar title. Please let Dr. David Garber at FIU know if you have questions or need assistance with receiving your certificate. David’s email address is

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