By M. J. Ryall

Because the emphasis in development strikes from development new bridges to upkeep and rehabilitation of present inventory, bridge administration is changing into an more and more very important topic. 'Bridge administration' is a accomplished, unmarried quantity ebook for execs and postgraduates on bridge administration. It makes a speciality of inspection, evaluation, trying out, review, fix, in addition to monetary facets akin to complete existence costing. hugely illustrated with color, and together with examples of perform and strategies drawn from worldwide, the ebook could be worthwhile to the bridge engineer. offers finished insurance of this crucial topic COVERS not just checking out, review and so forth but additionally the financial/management matters hugely illustrated with line drawings and pictures together with color

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Pontis is also being used to calculate the expected annual maintenance costs for alternative bridge designs for new crossings, which are then combined with the initial capitol construction costs to obtain the full life cycle costs of each bridge, and thus to enable a final selection to be made on economic grounds. 7 Engineering judgement With all Bridge Management Systems there is always the temptation to believe that the input and output information is unquestionably correct. This is not, nor ever will be, true.

This reflects a substantial body of opinion among bridge engineers that the existing code is unduly conservative. McIntyre (1997) concludes that ‘lorries are being diverted from many bridges by weight limits well below their actual safe load bearing capacity. If this is happening it is a nonsense, and whatever changes are needed to the code and its implementation must be progressed as a matter of urgency’. 9 Conclusions To protect the investment that we make in our bridges it is essential that they are properly managed and that adequate funding is made available for continued maintenance.

38–46. Palmer, J and Cogswell, G. (1990) Management of the bridge stock of a UK county for the 1990s, First International Conference on Bridge Management, Elsevier, London, pp. 39–50. Petroski, H. (1995) Engineers of Dreams, Allfred A. Knopf, New York. Shirley-Smith, H. (1964) The World’s Great Bridges, Phoenix House, London. Bridge management systems Thompson, P. D. (1993) PONTIS: the maturing of bridge management systems in the USA Second International Conference on Bridge Management, pp. 971–978, Thomas Telford, London.

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