The Highways Department of South Australia is currently developing a computerised bridge inventory system which will be used by the Bridge Inspection Section to rationalise the approach to the inspection of bridges. It will also be used by the Planning Branch to provide a basis for economic comparison of alternatives in the replacement and strengthening of bridges, by the Construction Branch for the rational allocation of maintenance funds and to provide information to the National Association of Australian State Road Authorities (NAASRA) proposed data bank. One of the most important functions of a bridge inventory is to provide a complete and accurate record of each bridge on a highway system. Maintenance of bridges requires complete records in usable form including history of the structure, all repairs, widening, strengthening or reconstruction, or other actions which have been taken, subsequent to inspections. Information should be easily accessible and readily updated; factors which today are made possible by computerisation. However, conflicting requirements must be dealt with. On the one hand data handling facilities should be large enough to provide sufficient information for managing inspection maintenance, but flexible enough to be used for planning functions both at the regional and national level; yet the system developed should not become cumbersome and difficult to use. /Author/

Media Info

  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: Figures; Photos; References;
  • Pagination: pp 1-6
  • Monograph Title: Bridge Engineering. Volume 1
  • Serial:

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00183740
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 0309026962
  • Files: TRIS, TRB
  • Created Date: Dec 3 1978 12:00AM