The Pontis Bridge Management System

by Paul D. Thompson, Cambridge Systematics, Inc, Cambridge, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Pacific Rim TransTech Conference—Volume II: International Ties, Management Systems, Propulsion Technology, Strategic Highway Research Program


A committee of the Federal Highway Administration and six of the United States has completed a network-level bridge management system, called Pontis, to optimize budgets and programs for the maintenance and improvement of each state's full inventory of up to 47,000 structures. The system includes several important innovations in bridge inspection procedures, life-cycle cost estimation, economic optimization, and software engineering. It has a very high level of flexibility and adaptability to the needs of diverse agencies, and is designed to be continually enhanced over the years to add still more capabilities and to incorporate new technological developments. All fifty of the states, and numerous local, federal, and international agencies, have requested the package for evaluation. It is expected that most of the states will begin full-scale adoption of the system by 1995.

Subject Headings: Bridge management | Systems management | Aging (material) | Highway bridges | Highway and road management | Budgets | Inventories | Financial management

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