Deterioration Model for Ports in the Republic of Korea using Markov Chain Monte Carlo with Multiple Imputation

  • Juncheol Jeon

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy


Condition of infrastructure is deteriorated over time as it gets older. It is the deterioration model that predicts how and when facilities will deteriorate over time. In most infrastructure management system, the deterioration model is a crucial element. Using the deterioration model, it is very helpful to estimate when repair will be carried out, how much will be needed for the maintenance of the entire facilities, and what maintenance costs will be required during the life cycle of the facility. However, the study of deterioration model for civil infrastructures of ports is still in its infancy. In particular, there is almost no related research in South Korea. Thus, this study aims to develop a deterioration model for civil infrastructure of ports in South Korea.

There are various methods such as Deterministic, Stochastic, and Artificial Intelligence to develop deterioration model. In this research, Markov model using Markov chain theory, one of the Stochastic methods, is used to develop deterioration model for ports in South Korea. Markov chain is a probabilistic process among states. i.e., in Markov chain, transition among states follows some probability which is called as the transition probability. The key process of developing Markov model is to find this transition probability. This process is called calibration. In this study, the existing methods, Optimization method and Markov Chain Monte Carlo (MCMC), are reviewed, and methods to improve for these are presented. In addition, in this study, only a small amount of data are used, which causes distortion of the model. Thus, supplement techniques are presented to overcome the small size of data. In order to address the problem of the existing methods and the lack of data, the deterioration model developed by the four calibration methods: Optimization, Optimization with Bootstrap, MCMC (Markov Chain Monte Carlo), and MCMC with Multiple imputation, are finally proposed in this study. In addition, comparison between four models are carried out and good performance model is proposed.

This research provides deterioration model for port in South Korea, and more accurate calibration technique is suggested. Furthermore, the method of supplementing insufficient data has been combined with existing calibration techniques.
Date of Award2019
Original languageEnglish
SupervisorYong Sung Park (Supervisor)


  • MCMC
  • Markov chain monte carlo
  • deterioration model for ports

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