Highway Bridge Management

  • John W. S. Maxwell


Managerial, administrative, financial and technical information must be effectively translated into ‘marketing’ language to persuade client organisations to allocate adequate finance for bridges on the required time schedule.

Clients must produce policies and objectives for maintenance, improvement and replacement. Programmes of work and priorities will evolve from inspection and assessment information. Expenditure estimates will then enable programme revision as per financial constraints using relevant database and information systems.

Validity of traffic predictions must be checked and quality assurance systems applied to design, specifications and construction. Behaviour monitoring information has an important role to play, hence the urgent need to improve instrumentation and techniques.

If bridge management is a coin, ‘heads’ is the marketing dealt with in this paper and ‘tails’ is the production or inspection, assessment, maintenance and repair work (Fig. 1).


Replacement Cost Quality Assurance System Highway Network Arch Bridge Road Bridge 
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    Maxwell, J. W. S., A micro-computer database and information system for engineering management. Civil-Comp 85, Proceedings Second International Conference Civil and Structural Engineering Computing, Vol. 1. Civil-Comp Press, Edinburgh, pp. 115–22.Google Scholar
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    British Road Federation Ltd, Fact, London.Google Scholar
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    Maxwell, J. W. S. and Fyffe, S., Essential monitoring for essential repairs—Tay Road Bridge, Dundee. Civil-Comp 87, Proceedings Third International Conference Civil and Structural Engineering Computing, Vol. 2. Civil-Comp Press, Edinburgh, pp. 253–9.Google Scholar

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© Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 1990

Authors and Affiliations

  • John W. S. Maxwell
    • 1
  1. 1.Grampian Regional CouncilAberdeenUK

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