Visualization requirements of engineers for risk assessment of embankment dams

Varun Kasireddy, Semiha Ergan, Burcu Akinci

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Abstract

Aging infrastructure in the US has gained quite a bit of attention in the past decade. Being one type of a critical infrastructure, embankment dams in the US require significant investment to upgrade the deteriorated parts. Due to limited budgets, understanding the behavior of structures over time through risk assessment is essential to prioritize dams. During the risk assessment for embankment dams, engineers utilize current and historical data from the design, construction, and operation phases of these structures. The challenge is that during risk assessment, various engineers from different disciplines (e.g., geotechnical, hydraulics) come together and how they would like to visualize the available data sets changes based on the discipline-specific analyses they need to perform. The objective of this research study is to understand the discipline specific visualization needs of engineers from US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) who are involved in risk assessment of embankment dams when they deal with large set of data accumulated since the inception of dams. The requirements were identified through a three-phased research approach including interviews with engineers who are regularly involved in risk assessment processes, a card game and review of standards and published work on risk assessment of embankment dams. The findings suggest that visualization of the dam layout, components and geometry within 3D settings overlaid with sensor data (which could be queried based on engineers' discipline specific needs) and data analytics results provide a better flexibility to engineers to understand the risk associated with potential failure modes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication31st International Symposium on Automation and Robotics in Construction and Mining, ISARC 2014 - Proceedings
EditorsQuang Ha, Ali Akbarnezhad, Xuesong Shen
PublisherUniversity of Technology Sydney
Pages746-753
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9780646597119
StatePublished - Jan 1 2014
Event31st International Symposium on Automation and Robotics in Construction and Mining, ISARC 2014 - Sydney, Australia
Duration: Jul 9 2014Jul 11 2014

Publication series

Name31st International Symposium on Automation and Robotics in Construction and Mining, ISARC 2014 - Proceedings

Other

Other31st International Symposium on Automation and Robotics in Construction and Mining, ISARC 2014
CountryAustralia
CitySydney
Period7/9/147/11/14

Keywords

  • 3D modelling
  • Built Infrastructure
  • Embankment Dams
  • Human Factors
  • Mining
  • Risk Assessment
  • Visualization

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Hardware and Architecture
  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Building and Construction

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    Kasireddy, V., Ergan, S., & Akinci, B. (2014). Visualization requirements of engineers for risk assessment of embankment dams. In Q. Ha, A. Akbarnezhad, & X. Shen (Eds.), 31st International Symposium on Automation and Robotics in Construction and Mining, ISARC 2014 - Proceedings (pp. 746-753). (31st International Symposium on Automation and Robotics in Construction and Mining, ISARC 2014 - Proceedings). University of Technology Sydney.