At the outset of the BMS Pilot Study, it was recognised that implementation of any "Bridge Management System" must first concentrate on the instituttional issues in order to provide an effective organisation for collecting the inventory and inspection data required by BMS software. The "system" must be people-centred. Development of a viable system must begin with identifying capabilities and available resources, then designing the system to operate within those constraints. The development of a bridge management cycle and a study of the weaknesses in the existing organisational arrangements helped to define a new bridge management organisation. A review of skills and experience of public sector engineers led to the introduction of private sector involvement, especially for bridge inventory and inspections. Design of repairs could subsequently be carried out either by the private sector or, in some states that already possess suitable bridge engineering skills, by the respective Public Works Departments. An appropriate computer BMS programme was selected, aimed at supporting the new organisation; the new organisation was not designed to work around a given software package. It is considered that, with appropriate budgetary support, this system will prove viable and sustainable. (A) For the covering abstract see ITRD E106406.


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  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: p. 20-9

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  • Accession Number: 00801536
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • ISBN: 0-7277-2854-7
  • Files: ITRD
  • Created Date: Nov 8 2000 12:00AM