In 1996, the Land Transport Authority (LTA) of SINGAPORE,ore began to develop a bridge management system (BMS) to provide a systematic method of bridge inspection, develop an objective, effective condition rating of bridges to rank their order of maintenance, and achieve cost-effective bridge repairs by optimising maintenance operations. This paper presents the contractual terms of reference and the implementation of the BMS. The terms of reference list the BMS's functions and specify its parts: (1) a complete database of all bridges in SINGAPORE,ore; (2) bridge inspection procedures; (3) development of an optimal maintenance strategy for all the bridges; (4) formulation of budget estimates and fund allocations; (5) evaluation of load-carrying capacity for each bridge and culvert; and (6) mathematical tools. The implementation was divided into two phases. The first phase consisted of system specification, organisation building, hardware purchase and installation, programming and testing, and inventory recording and principal inspection of 50 bridges. The second phase consisted of further programming and testing, and training. The BMS runs under Windows NT, and is a very user-friendly, versatile, and stable system. It provides a cost-effective approach for maintaining highway structures. For the covering abstract see IRRD E104152.

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    Thomas Telford Limited

    London,   United Kingdom 
  • Publication Date: 1999


  • English

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  • Accession Number: 00788374
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • ISBN: 0-7277-2841-5
  • Files: ITRD
  • Created Date: Mar 3 2000 12:00AM