As part of a system-wide bridge inventory, inspection, rating and rehabilitation program, Parsons Brinckerhoff (PB) developed a computerized bridge management system (BMS) for the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA). Over 400 transit, highway, and railroad bridges were inspected and rated by six other consultants. PB specified a 486 PC computer and developed a user friendly customized BMS. Integral with the development of the BMS was the creation of unique bridge field inspection forms for transit and railroad bridges patterned after the AASHTO highway inspection forms and bridge load rating specifications for transit bridges. The BMS is based on dBASE IV Version 4.1 running on a 386 computer with a VGA color monitor and dot matrix or laser printer. The database structure was broken down by information type and then by bridge type. The user interface uses several pull down windows. This loose-leaf report is a users manual for the BMS. It is organized in four sections and 5 appendices. Section 1.0, Introduction, covers the system overview, development background, and organization of the database. Section 2.0 covers bridge information. Section 3.0 discusses the database management system. Section 4.0 covers the menu system. Appendices are as follows: (1) Typical Bridge Reports; (2) Planning and Management Reports; (3) Master Schedule; (4) System Tools; and (5) Structure of Database - .DBF files.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Parsons Brinckerhoff Quade and Douglas, Incorporated

    One Penn Plaza
    New York, NY  United States  10119

    Cambridge Systematics, Incorporated

    100 Cambridge Park Drive, Suite 400
    Cambridge, MA  United States  02140
  • Publication Date: 1996-3


  • English

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  • Features: Appendices; Figures; Tables;
  • Pagination: v.p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00778917
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Nov 22 1999 12:00AM