Integrated bridge maintenance: evaluation of a pilot project and future perspectives

The trend in many countries is to outsource maintenance with competitive tendering. The design of the tender is then a crucial issue. A new type of tendering contract, called "Integrated Bridge Maintenance", was introduced in one experimental area in Sweden. In this case the preventive bridge maintenance is separated from the standard road maintenance contract. The ideas behind these changes are that the new approach can increase efficiency through a combination of increased specialization, economies of scale and through giving the private contractor a greater degree of freedom concerning exactly what to do and exactly when to do it. The experiences and lessons from a pilot project are presented in this thesis together with guidelines on how to procure Integrated Bridge Maintenance in the future. A model for procurement of bridge maintenance has been developed. The contractor has developed more effective methods for bridge maintenance. The doctoral project has been a step closer to the end goal of reducing the society's costs for bridge maintenance in the future. The bridges should be functional to the lowest possible cost during its expected service life (LCC). The doctoral project has also contributed with new knowledge in the area of bridge maintenance, the actual development of a bridge stock over time, real service life for road bridges in Sweden and survival analysis.

Language

  • English

Media Info

  • Pagination: 149p
  • Serial:
    • Issue Number: 95

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01383884
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: ARRB
  • Files: ATRI
  • Created Date: Aug 22 2012 3:59PM