The Evolution of Structure Asset Management in Wisconsin: Practice and Research

Beginning in the early 2000s, the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (DOT) Bureau of Structures began a concerted effort to develop processes and tools to help manage the Wisconsin structures inventory. The first major step was the development of a data management tool, the Highway Structures Information System. This application provides Wisconsin DOT with a means to collect, store, and manage structure inventory, design, rating, and inspection data. A second step was aimed at documenting and standardizing bridge preservation practices across the state. Organizationally, Wisconsin DOT divides the state into five regions. Each has their own maintenance, planning, and scoping staff, with oversight from Wisconsin DOT central office. To promote consistency amongst the regions, Wisconsin DOT created the Bridge Preservation Policy Guide. This guide provides an inventory of preservation actions and also addresses goals, objectives, and performance measures. The aim is to lay the groundwork for more consistent bridge work activities (maintenance, rehabilitation, replacement) around the state. Most recently, Wisconsin DOT has focused on developing a tool to provide recommendations for current and future bridge work actions. The result of this work is the Wisconsin Structures Asset Management System (WiSAMS). WiSAMS relies heavily on the inventory data and inspection data stored in HSIS and uses a set of rules and deterioration modeling to determine current and future optimal work. The WiSAMS rules are a logical extension of policy in the Bridge Preservation Policy Guide. As a whole, WiSAMS and Wisconsin DOT’s structures asset management program represent a substantial step forward into better management of the Wisconsin structures inventory.


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  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: pp 3-18
  • Monograph Title: Eleventh International Bridge and Structures Management Conference
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  • Accession Number: 01658891
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, TRB, ATRI
  • Created Date: Feb 2 2018 2:27PM