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AASHTO and Bentley align to extend AASHTOWare Bridge Management software

PITTSBURGH — The American Association of State Highway & Transportation Officials (AASHTO) signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Bentley Systems Inc. that provides a framework for incorporating Bentley’s integrated InspectTech modules for advanced bridge inspections, mobile applications, and 3D models with AASHTOWare Bridge Management (BrM) software (formerly Pontis). The MOU also establishes Bentley as the contract developer of a substantially enhanced version of AASHTOWare BrM (Pontis 5.2), and lays the groundwork for Bentley’s further support of this new end-to-end transportation asset management system with options for training, customization, and software-as-a-service hosting.

According to Bentley, the new system will improve efficiency and risk-based decisions in sustaining transportation infrastructure while helping agencies to proactively address the requirements of the U.S. Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21) that went into effect Oct. 1, 2012. MAP-21 creates a performance-based surface transportation program designed to increase innovation and improve efficiency, effectiveness, and accountability in the planning, design, engineering, construction, and financing of transportation projects. It calls for the deployment and use of 3D information modeling, while also requiring significant new data requirements for bridge and tunnel inspection and asset management, at the level of structural and related elements. The comprehensive solution that AASHTO and Bentley are developing and configuring will enable transportation agencies to not only exceed these requirements, but also to adopt industry best practices in bridge inspection, management, and operations.

AASHTOWare BrM will continue to undergo a major upgrade through work being done via contract by Bentley under the direction of an AASHTO task force and committees comprising U.S. state department of transportation (DOT) representatives. With key inputs and guidance from DOT practitioners, AASHTOWare BrM will will provide a new Web-based architecture and new features for multi-objective analysis, risk-based decisions, improved deterioration models, interactive dashboards, lifecycle cost analysis, planning, enhanced reporting, and new technology enhancements to support XML and other interfaces.

For additional information about AASHTOWare BrM, visit www.aashtowarebridge.com.

As a result of work to be completed under this MOU, the InspectTech advanced inspection modules will now be available through AASHTOWare to enhance AASHTOWare BrM’s existing inspection interface. Users will be able to have functionality for complete inspection reviews and workflow, inspection scheduling and planning, email alerts, plans of action, records archive and management, credentialing, underwater details, fracture critical forms, and more. In addition:
• InspectTech’s new mobile applications will support AASHTOWare BrM and allow more efficient means for field-based data collection and review.
• InspectTech’s 3D/Complex bridge module will be integrated with AASHTOWare BrM to give transportation agencies the option to conduct detailed 3D-model-based inspection.
• InspectTech’s maintenance management module will be integrated with AASHTOWare BrM to provide transportation agencies the option of identifying and planning for needs, as well as assigning needed resources and tracking the work on those needs through to completion.
• With AASHTOWare BrM’s new Web-based architecture andInspectTech’s existing Web architecture, the combined solution can be offered reliably to entities around the world in a SaaS format.

For additional information about InspectTech, visit www.bentley.com/InspectTech.
 


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