Computer data base assessment of masonry bridges.
This thesis is concerned about the development of computer data base management
system for the assessment of masonry bridges.
The various techniques of assessment and remedial measures of masonry bridges are
outlined, their shortcomings described. A justification for an alternative method of
assessment is given.
A review of computer data base management systems is carried out. The reasons for
adopting data base management systems is given as well as the reasons for choosing a
particular type of data base management system.
The common faults associated with masonry structures are described and the problems
of identifying these faults are described. The part played by the individual components
of a masonry arch bridge is given and the significance of faults on the individual components
of the structure is described.
A detailed description of the type, in general of the data base system chosen is given
followed by a detailed description of a special case of the type chosen, which is the system
that was used for the project.
A description of how the system was developed is given followed by the way the system
A detailed description of how the system can be used is then put forward and the problems
associated with the development of the system are outlined.
Finally, a description of the implications of the system to the practising engineer is