AASHTOWare Bridge Management Product Update

March 15, 2019

The following AASHTOWare Bridge 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.

BrM 6

With the release of BrM 6.0 in calendar year 2018, BrM migrated to a ‘patch-update’ process. When updating to future versions of BrM, the typical scenario will be to simply patch certain files, rather than to perform a full un-install and re-install. To date, one patch has been released to BrM 6.0. The second patch is planned to be released in Spring 2019.

Patch 1 Release – December 2018 (6.1):

  • New Benefits Group Page – The existing benefits group page was revisited to maximize an agency’s efficiency when creating and modifying benefit groups within BrM.
  • Various Bug Fixes/Minor Enhancements – Please refer to the Release announcement email on December 12, 2018 for a detailed breakdown.

Patch 2 Release – Planned for Spring 2019 (6.2):

  • Program Comparison Tool – This tool allows users to compare programs and to analyze the differences between the programs. Users will have more visibility and analysis capabilities on the results and inputs of the programs, ultimately allowing more control towards shaping the target metrics and performance measures.
  • Automated Testing – BrM releases will now have a suite of automated tests run against them during every iteration of development. These automated tests will cover a wide range of scenarios and use cases with the end result of reducing testing time and time to release of future versions of BrM.
  • Comprehensive BrDR Integration – BrM has historically had simple integration with BrDR. With this release, a comprehensive amount of information will be made available via purpose-built web services to BrDR. This will result in a much more robust data set being fluidly transferred between the programs. BrDR will consume this information in a later release of BrDR.
  • Miscellaneous Enhancements – While creating automated tests within the software, minor enhancements were made to the software to increase the overall feel and flow of the site (e.g. new login page, faster load-times, etc.).
  • Miscellaneous Bug-fixes – As bugs are reported by the users they are slated for a future release, this version of BrM will continue to proceed down the path of ‘resetting’ the bug counter.

BrM Contractor Transition

Effective January 1, 2019, the AASHTOWare Bridge Management contractor was transitioned to Mayvue Solutions. All key personnel remain affiliated with the new company. BrM support can be reached at: BrM@mayvue.com, 1-888-44SUPPORT (447-8776). The new sharefile location for all BrM installs has been relocated to https://mayvue.sharefile.com/. All other addresses and locations remain the same (Facebook user group meeting, YouTube URL, and http://www.aashtowarebridge.com)

BrM Technical Manual

The Task Force has received significant feedback from the user community regarding their desire for the contractor to develop a technical manual, specifically to provide support
for the BrM modeling functions. The BrM technical manual has been released and is available to member agency licensees. Information on how to access the BrM Technical Manual was forwarded to the Member Agency End User Designees in October 2018. Questions on access to the technical manual should be directed to Judy Skeen Tarwater, AASHTO project manager.

JIRA Process Escalation

If you or your agency disagree with the final status of a submitted ticket, please reach out to Judy Skeen Tarwater or Eric Christie with any questions or to raise any additional awareness of the priority of the ticket.

BrM Training

Informational videos that closely follow the walk-through presented during the 2016 BrMUG meeting, are posted in the training section of the BrM website aashtowarebridge.com. Additionally, several videos covering a wide-range of topics are also available on the website. Requests for additional topics to be considered for video instruction should be submitted to BrM@mayvue.com. Your input is always appreciated.

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

BrM Technical Advisory Groups (TAGs)

The AASHTOWare Bridge Task Force is working to develop a list of BrM enhancement requests to be reviewed and ranked by the BrM End User Designees prior to the 2019 BrMUG meeting. The information captured will be used as the starting point for user discussion during the BrMUG.

Testing TAG

The BrM Beta Testing TAG performs beta testing on new versions of BrM prior to release. The Testing TAG reports all bugs found; however, for a variety of reasons all issues identified may not be addressed in that release. During the beta testing activities, the Testing TAG members typically identify items where the software is not working as expected as well as opportunities for potential enhancements outside the scope of the current development effort. The Task Force forwards all TAG-identified issues not addressed in the release to the user group for possible consideration for inclusion in the work plan(s) for future releases.

SAVE THE DATE – 2019 BrMUG Meeting

The Task Force would like to remind all licensees that our annual Bridge Management User Group Meeting (BrMUG) will be held in Louisville, KY, September 17 – 18, 2019, at the Seelbach Hilton. Registration information can be found on the conference registration website. Make plans to attend!

Sincerely,

The AASHTOWare Bridge Task Force

Eric Christie, P.E.
Deputy State Maintenance Engineer
1409 Coliseum Boulevard
Montgomery, AL 36110
(334) 242
6281