Improved efficiency of the bridge management system of the Spanish national road network

The Spanish national road network comprises approximately 28,000 km of carriageways and about 33,000 bridges. The magnitude of this important asset, combined with its diversity, considering that it comprises structures of different age, type, span and dimensions, as well as a wide variety of materials, brings along a considerable complexity in the management of its preservation. Moreover, it should be considered that the road asset preservation in each province of Spain is subdivided into 3 or 4 sectors, each of them responsible for the maintenance of between 150 and 220 km of the network. In total there are 160 maintenance sectors under the responsibility of one coordinator per province. Considering the above, it is necessary to implement an effective Bridge Management methodology, which makes it possible to successfully deal with the vast capital asset of the General Road Directorate and the diversity of the professionals involved in its preservation. The success of this methodology is based on the coordination and on the use of new technologies, which have proven to be fundamental for effective cooperation. Although the purpose of this article is not to describe a Bridge Management System (BMS), which is considered to be sufficiently well-known, the BMS implemented in the General Road Directorate will be briefly described in the following paragraph. Subsequently, certain efficiency measures that have contributed to a significant improvement of the Bridge Management System in use by the General Road Directorate will be presented in detail. These improvements have made the BMS more reliable, effective, homogeneous, cheaper and more adapted to the Spanish reality.


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Media Info

  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Features: Figures; Photos; References;
  • Pagination: 15p
  • Monograph Title: 24th World Road Congress Proceedings: Roads for a Better Life: Mobility, Sustainability and Development

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01520722
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 2840602679
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Mar 26 2014 9:00PM