AASHTOWare Bridge Management Product Update

February 20, 2017

The following Task Force product update is provided to keep all AASHTOWare Bridge Management (BrM) Software users apprised of recent activity related to the development of the software. The Task Force is committed to providing quarterly updates to help improve communication between the Task Force and those interested in the product.

AASHTOWare Bridge Management 5.2.3

The December 5, 2016 release of BrM 5.2.3 marks the end of our very successful, multi‐year Pontis/BrM 5.2 project to develop the next generation of bridge management software. The Task Force is pleased with the resulting product and wishes to express their sincere appreciation to all the member agencies who made this product possible through their commitment and participation in the solicitation. The AASHTOWare Bridge Task Force is also indebted to the undying support of the many bridge community volunteers who supported the development effort through their active participation as Technical Review Team (TRT) and Technical Advisory Group (TAG) members. This project would not have been possible without this huge commitment from the AASHTO bridge community.

BrM 5.2.3 Training

Informational videos that closely follow the BrM 5.2.3 product walk‐through presented during the 2016 BrMUG meeting were posted to the aashtowarebridge.com website after the release of 5.2.3. The website serves as an online resource for information on AASHTOWare Bridge Management. Currently several videos are available on the website, covering a wide‐range of topics. Additional instructional videos are planned for the future. Requests for additional topics to be considered for video instruction should be submitted to BrM@Bentley.com. Your input is always appreciated.

In addition to the videos, step by step examples are included in the appendices to the BrM 5.2.3 User Manual. These step by step examples utilize the BrM 5.2.3 sample database.

AASHTOWare Bridge Management 5.2.3 Release 2

A Second Release of BrM 5.2.3 will be available soon. The following are the current list of bugs that would be addressed in BrM 5.2.3 Release 2:

  • PONWEB‐2434
  • PONWEB‐2471
  • PONWEB‐2478
  • PONWEB‐2480
  • PONWEB‐2490
  • PONWEB‐2508
  • PONWEB‐2524
  • PONWEB‐2540

In addition, the Tunnel TRT is considering revising the Tunnel Defects. Please see PONWEB‐2473.

FHWA TAM Rules

The Asset Management Plan Final Rule was published on 10/24/2016. The Pavement and Bridge Condition Performance Measures Final Rule was published on 1/18/2017, with the included effective date changed from February 17, 2017 to March 21, 2017 to allow for review by the new administration. Both can be found at: https://www.fhwa.dot.gov/tpm/rule.cfm. BrM 5.2.3 fulfills FHWA Asset Management Plan regulatory requirements for management systems, and supports plan development andperformance measure target setting and monitoring such as:

  • Collecting, processing, storing and updating data
  • Forecasting deterioration
  • Determining benefit‐cost over the life cycle of assets to evaluate alternative actions
  • Identifying short and long‐term budget needs
  • Determining strategies for identifying projects that maximize benefits
  • Recommending work programs and implementation schedules
  • Supports plan components such as investment strategy investigation, establishing performance measures, projecting outcomes, and setting targets, and provides the framework for risk management.
  • Fulfills FHWA’s NTI data collection and reporting requirements

AASHTOWare Bridge Management 5.3

The AASHTOWare Bridge Task Force has identified the following enhancements to be included in the next release based on priorities determined by the user community.

  • Error Check Pre‐Script (PONWEB‐2179) – Number 2 on the user group priority list
  • Default Data Separate Script (PONWEB‐2190) – Number 4 on the user group priority list
  • Load Ratings (PONWEB‐2234) – Number 9 on the user group priority list. The FDS for the Load Rating enhancement was updated per comments from the users.

It is anticipated that work on these enhancements will begin in early March and BrM 5.3 will be released prior to the 2017 BrMUG meeting

National Tunnel Inventory Data

Currently the tunnels module allows agencies to collect and report all the information required by FHWA per the SNTI. Agencies interested in participating in the funding of tunnel-related enhancements beyond the features included in BrM 5.2.3 should contact Judy Tarwater (jtarwater@asshto.org) or Eric Christie (christiee@dot.state.al.us) to discuss details on how to move forward with a ‘Crowd Funded’ tunnel enhancement to the product.

Interested in Joining the Reporting TAG?

The Reporting TAG has been re‐born to evaluate the default reports that currently exist within BrM and to determine which reports should be included in future software releases. Beckie Curtis (MDOT), AASHTOWare Task Force member, is leading this initiative. Anyone interested in becoming a part of this group should contact Beckie Curtis (CurtisR4@michigan.gov).

International Bridge and Structures Management Conference

The 11th International Bridge and Structures Management (BSM) Conference will cover a broad range of topics on bridge and transportation structures in all stages of implementation of asset management practices. Themes will include comprehensive implementation within and across organizations, establishing and monitoring asset management plans, performance measures for asset management, tools and technology to assist decision making, state of good repair, and adaptation of transportation to extreme weather events and climate change. This meeting will serve as the forum for moving MAP‐21 asset management initiatives into practice and will be the venue for a wide range of federal, state, MPO/local, and transit agencies, as well as private sector practitioners and university researchers to share knowledge, sponsor peer to peer learning, and work together.

  • Mesa, AZ, / April 25‐27, 2017 / Sheraton Mesa Hotel at Wrigleyville West
  • Organized by Bridge Management Committee (AHD35) of the Transportation Research Board and co‐sponsored by FHWA, TRB, and AASHTOWareConference Web Site: https://www.cm.wsu.edu/ehome/bridge‐structures.
  • Interested in Attending?
    • Individuals interested in participating in the Conference are invited to send an e‐mail to janet.mcloughlin@wsu.edu with “Interest in Attending” listed in the subject line.
    • Travel funding support is available for state DOT speakers and a limited number of state DOT attendees. Contact Bruce Johnson, 503‐986‐3344, Bruce.V.Johnson@odot.state.or.us to check availability.

Sincerely,

The AASHTOWare Bridge Task Force
Eric Christie, P.E.
Assistant State Maintenance Engineer ‐ Bridge
(334) 242‐6281