Implementation of AASHTOWare Bridge Management 5.2.3 to Meet Agency Policies and Objectives for Bridge Management and Address FHWA Requirements

Ensuring a functional, safe, and resilient transportation network is a vital objective of transportation agencies. Two major challenges that make it difficult to accomplish this goal are (1) limited resources, specifically funding, and (2) the increase in maintenance and preservation needs of bridges as they age. Additionally, construction and maintenance costs have continued to rise over the last decade and when combined with steady or declining revenue, this results in a reduction in purchasing power. To maximize the impact of maintenance and preservation work, bridge managers, planners, and decision-makers must have the data and tools available to determine the optimal allocation of resources between competing bridges in a transportation network. Furthermore, they must identify the optimum timing to do the work. Faced with this need for data-driven decision-making it is crucial that transportation agencies have effective decision-making processes, procedures, and tools, such as bridge management systems, to manage their network of bridges. While bridge managers recognize that aggregate information is advantageous for providing high-level executive reports and general estimates for funding requirements, they acknowledge the limits of bridge management practices that only use a single criterion to predict needs. Identifying several key bridge management criteria, with well-defined goals, enables decision-makers to clearly distinguish differences in the functionality and other attributes of bridges that may otherwise go unnoticed. Therefore, there is a clear need to pursue and develop supplemental bridge management practices that utilize multiple criteria and trade-off analyses. AASHTOWare Bridge Management (BrM) 5.2.3 is an excellent bridge management software solution that assists engineers, managers, and decision-makers in the selection and timing of preservation, rehabilitation, and replacement projects for their structures. BrM 5.2.3 provides a robust, data-driven approach to project selection and therefore, it is imperative that the software is configured to meet the specific needs, policies, and practices of the agency. These configurations include, but are not limited to, the utility tree, deterioration rates, benefits and actions performed, funding, and performance measures. This paper serves as a high-level guide of the functionality and bridge management modules in BrM 5.2.3


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  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Features: Figures; Tables;
  • Pagination: pp 188-212
  • Monograph Title: Eleventh International Bridge and Structures Management Conference
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  • Accession Number: 01672053
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, TRB, ATRI
  • Created Date: Jun 14 2018 9:56AM