Bridge Maintenance, Safety and Management
The number of deteriorating bridges is increasing worldwide. Costs of maintenance, repair and rehabilitation of these bridges far exceed available budgets. Maintaining the safety and serviceability of existing bridges by making better use of available resources is a major concern for bridge management. Internationally, the bridge engineering profession continues to take positive steps towards developing more comprehensive bridge management systems.
The International Association for Bridge Maintenance and Safety (IABMAS) which serves as the organizing association of IABMAS conferences in conjunction with Lehigh University's Advanced Technology for Large Structural Systems (ATLSS) Engineering Research Center, encompasses all aspects of bridge maintenance, safety and management. Specifically, it deals with:
- health monitoring and inspection of bridges
- bridge repair and rehabilitation issues
- bridge management systems
- needs of bridge owners
- financial planning
- whole life costing and investment for the future
- bridge related safety and risk issues
- economic and other implications
The book series Bridge Maintenance, Safety and Management contains the lectures and papers presented at IABMAS conferences, consisting of a book of abstracts and a CD-ROM containing full texts of the lectures presented. The Works provide an up-to-date overview of the field of bridge engineering and a significant contribution to the process of making more rational decisions in bridge maintenance, safety, management, life-cycle performance, and cost for the purpose of enhancing the welfare of society.