By M. J. Ryall
Because the emphasis in development strikes from construction 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 complete, unmarried quantity ebook for pros and postgraduates on bridge administration. It specializes in inspection, evaluate, trying out, overview, fix, in addition to monetary features akin to entire lifestyles costing. hugely illustrated with color, and together with examples of perform and strategies drawn from around the globe, the e-book might be beneficial to the bridge engineer. offers entire assurance of this significant topic COVERS not just checking out, review and so on but in addition the financial/management matters hugely illustrated with line drawings and pictures together with color
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COSMOS prioritizes on the basis of the road link, location, structural element and the importance of the link and the computer prints out the MPFs. The MPFs are then transferred to a Site Instruction (SI) module where they are processed ‘and a complete set of site instructions produced’ (Wootton 2000). What is actually in the SI module is not described. After the bridge inspector has read it and added any comments of his own and, presumably after authorization is given, the works are passed on to the maintenance contractor.
General inspection. This is a visual examination of representative parts of the bridge to ascertain condition and note items requiring attention. They are normally undertaken every two years. Inspection is from ground level, using binoculars if necessary, and information is recorded in the field using a checklist which has been jointly prepared for the particular type of bridge by the engineers responsible for both design and maintenance, or in the UK for example on form BE11 (Highways Agency 1990, 1994), though this allows only one entry for each type of structure element regardless of the number present or the range of defects.
Weighting factors are given to distinguish between items of importance such as main structural members, and relatively unimportant items such as kerbs, surfacing, drains and the like. The South African system rightly places emphasis on the value of personnel who should be properly trained and continually attend refresher courses, and also on the need for inspectors to pay attention to detail. The quality of the inspection and condition rating input is of paramount importance in determining the structural integrity and safety of the bridge.