Risk based bridge asset management

There are approximately 33,500 road bridges in Australia managed by more than 800 national, state and local authorities. Each of these authorities is required to provide an effective approach to bridge management. Approximately 10,000 bridges are managed by state road authorities, leaving a very much higher number of structures to be managed by local authorities where, arguably, the availability of funds for maintenance and bridge replacements is extremely limited. The challenge for all involved in bridge management is generally to ensure that all bridges on a road, or rail, network remain fit for their intended purpose over long periods of time at a minimum lifecycle cost. Comprehensive and effective asset management processes and systems are essential to allow the authority to meet this challenge by ensuring: reliability, safety, retained value of the asset. The processes for delivering bridge asset management should be documented in a bridge management plan outlining bridge management strategies and policies of an authority. It will also forms the basis of a policy defence in managing civil liability.


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Media Info

  • Pagination: 12p
  • Monograph Title: The Australian small bridges conference 2005: conference proceedings: October 12-13, 2005, Powerhouse Museum, Sydney

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01387733
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: ARRB
  • Files: ATRI
  • Created Date: Aug 23 2012 12:22AM