The American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) has launched a powerful new analytic tool - BridgeDataPro - to help bridge owners, designers, builders and suppliers quickly identify critical information on nearly 610,000 U.S. bridges.
Federal law requires that most bridges be regularly inspected by the state departments of transportation for functionality and structural condition. The states report this information - and much more - annually on each bridge under their jurisdiction to the U.S. Department of Transportation for inclusion in the National Bridge Inventory (NBI). The 2012 NBI, released in September, provides detailed information on the 609,000 primary bridges across America. In total, it includes over 60 million data entries.
BridgeDataPro is a unique high-speed, web-based software solution that allows users to quickly and easily sort and organize all of that data for management, market research and policy applications.
It contains the basics about a bridge such as state and county location, the owner, deficiency status and sufficiency rating, length and width, inspection frequency, and last inspection date. It provides information about traffic safety features and conditions of the deck, superstructure, substructure, guard rails, and roadway alignment. It also identifies work and repair needed and an estimated cost for the improvements. Subscribers to BridgeDataPro will also be able to search for bridges based on the design load, historical status, deck protection and wearing surface, among other criteria.
BridgeDataPro will help publich agencies benchmark the conditions of a state's bridges against other states. Bridge builders and suppliers will be able to access valuable data about bridges in areas where they do business, which could lead to new market opportunities.
The annual subscription is $399 and data is available 24/7. Users can download information to a computer or mobile device as either a PDF file or an Excel spreadsheet for use in preparing custom reports. Access a trial subscription or purchase.