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Highway Bridge Management

Author(s): Edited by Graham Cole and Richard Fish

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Publication date: 12 December 2022
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Highway Bridge Management provides the bridge maintenance engineer and bridge manager with key information necessary to effectively manage highway bridges and other structures. The appropriate maintenance of highway bridge structures is vital to the safe and economic transport of goods and people. The bridge maintenance engineer has to have a skill

Highway Bridge Management provides bridge maintenance engineers and bridge managers with key information necessary to effectively manage highway bridges and structures. The appropriate maintenance of highway bridges is vital to the safe and economic transport of goods and people. Bridge maintenance engineers need a skill set of asset management; inspection and assessment techniques; value engineering and prioritisation methods; repair techniques; legal and safety matters; as well as stakeholder engagement. This book contains all the necessary information required to manage a highway bridge stock effectively. Written by subject-matter experts with many decades of experience, this book covers

  • asset management
  • bridge inspection
  • strength assessment
  • testing and monitoring
  • scour
  • maintenance interventions of masonry, concrete and metallic bridges
  • specialist highway structures. 

Featuring many relevant case studies, Highway Bridge Management is an invaluable reference for all those responsible for managing and maintaining highway bridges, including maintenance engineers, supervising engineers, bridge managers, client organisations and graduate engineers. It should help to ensure that bridge structures will be fit for purpose for future generations.

Book reviews

The authors have a wealth of asset management knowledge and this is vividly apparent in the clear and practical way this book sets out the challenges of managing bridge structures on our aging transport networks. The book examines a wide range of asset management indicators, including a number of useful case studies identifying successes and failures. I would consider this an indispensable guide to any professional involved in the highway bridge management.

Daniel Healy, Dfl Roads

For so long the focus of attention for engineers has been on new construction, however, the majority of our national road networks have thousands of bridges and other structures which already exist, and require inspection, maintenance and management to ensure that they remain safe and fit for service. Richard and Graham are highly experienced bridge engineers with a lifetime of experience and knowledge - this publication is a welcome addition to guide the future generation of engineers and share the latest asset management knowledge with current practitioners.

Neil Loudon, Structures Technical Lead, Safety Engineering and Standards, National Highways

Highway bridges have delivered enormous social and economic benefits to the country, with all but the most iconic of bridges being largely taken for granted until they have to be taken out of service. This comprehensive book sets out how risks with the ageing bridges stock can be robustly and sustainably managed to ensure our bridge assets remain safe and fit for the future in the context of the climate emergency.

 Jason Hibbert, Head of Structures, Welsh Government

Richard J Fish is Director of Richard Fish Consultancy Ltd, an independent civil engineering consultant working for and with public and private sector clients specialising in strategic bridge asset management, and bridge maintenance and operation. 

Graham Cole is a Chartered Civil Engineer and Director of Graham Cole Consultancy Ltd. He provides specialist advice on bridge management, asset management and related transportation matters.

Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9780727765543
Number of pages: 296
Product code: 9780727765543
Page size: 234 x 156mm
Publication status: Published
Publisher: ICE Publishing



About the editors

About the contributors

1. Introduction

2. Carbon and sustainability

3. Management of bridges

4. Life-cycle management

5. Operational management

6. Bridge inspection

7. Assessment of load capacity of existing highway bridges

8. Testing and monitoring

9. Post-tensioned bridges: special inspections

10. Structural health monitoring

11. Scour

12. Masonry arch bridges

13. Concrete highway bridges

14. Metal bridges

15. Maintenance of specialist highway structures

16. Maintenance of highway bridge elements


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