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Forensic Investigation Modeling: A New Forensic tool

January 01, 2013


Francesca Brando, Alexandra Iannitelli, Liling Cao, Elisabeth Malsch, Gary Panariello, John Abruzzo and Marguerite J. Pinto


Civil Engineering Magazine, January 2013


The investigation into the causes of the collapse in Minneapolis in August 2007 of the I-35W bridge required sifting through a vast amount of design, retroft, and maintenance data prior to initiating the complicated work of analyzing the condition and loading of the bridge at the time of collapse. A new forensic tool—forensic information modeling—was created to store all of these data, as well as the geometry, as a three-dimensional visual database, enabling the engineers to pinpoint possible trouble areas in need of further inquiry.


I-35 W Bridge, collapse mechanism, forensic information model (FIM), 3-D visual database, collapse simulation