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Managing Bridges

Rising to the Challenge

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Course overview

Bridge managers are faced with the task of managing a network of structures that continue to age and deteriorate while the requirements of stakeholders and users increase in tune with a growing population and the demands of industry for bigger, heavier loads.
In the past there has been a focus on providing new bridge infrastructure, which in some cases has come at the cost of effectively managing existing structures. Bridge managers are forced to operate in a resource-constrained environment wherein a large network of structures must be managed with limited funding from council rates and other, more sporadic sources, including State and Federal Government grants. This workshop will provide guidance to bridge managers on how they can rise to this challenge. It also provides a practical awareness of this to asset managers, infrastructure planners and managers, transportation network managers, those in recurrent investment and strategy roles, as well as strategic directors and those in policy and budget roles.

Level: Foundation to Intermediate

One day



Event contact

  +61 3 9881 1555

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Nigel Powers

National Leader, Asset Performance
  • Learning outcomes
  • Table of Contents
  • Learning formats
  • Target Audience

Learning outcomes

LO1 – High-level understanding of the responsibilities of bridge managers regarding bridge management.

LO2 – Mid-level understanding the structure life cycle and the key considerations at each stage.

LO3 – High-level understanding of the fundamental principles of asset management relevant to the management of bridges and other road structures.

LO4 – High-level understanding of the performance, risk and cost trade-off that is fundamental to asset decision making.

LO5 – High-level understanding of the decision process to facilitate decision focus, consistency and value.

LO6 – Mid-level understanding of the scope and purpose of Levels 1, 2 and 3 structure inspections and their integration into bridge management .

LO7 – Mid-level understanding of the application of varying types of maintenance and differing maintenance strategies.

LO8 – High-level understanding of heavy vehicle access assessment and bridge assessment.

Table of Contents

Module 1 · Introducing bridge asset management · Responsibilities of local government regarding bridge management · Legal obligations and responsibilities · Key concepts of governance · Bridge management data systems

Module 2 · Purpose of bridges and road structures · Structure scope covered by guide · Key bridge and road structure terminology

Module 3 · Defining the life cycle of a structure · Key considerations for asset planning, delivery, operations and disposal/repurposing · Life cycle costing fundamentals

Module 4 · Bridge management context and purpose · Journey from maintenance management to asset management · Current industry practice – bridge management and inspection · Introduction to asset management decision making

Module 5 · Overview of bridge inspection levels · Inspector training requirements · Linking inspections to asset management · Procurement of inspection services

Module 6 · Overview of types of maintenance · Maintenance concepts · Defect decision making · Maintenance prioritisation and programming

Module 7 · Structure level of service considerations · Heavy vehicle access assessment vs. bridge assessment · Tiers of assessment · Structural evaluation decision making

Module 8 · Key considerations for each of the key principles of performance, risk and cost

Learning formats

  1. Interactive workshop-style presentation with on-going discussion to facilitate discussion, including extended learning opportunities to meet individual needs.
  2. Online quiz to confirm learning outcomes achieved.

Target Audience

Road and transport agencies

  • Asset management roles
  • Bridge management roles
  • Infrastructure planning and management roles
  • Transportation network managers
  • Recurrent investment and strategic roles
  • Strategic directors, policy and budget roles