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BRIDGE MAINTENANCE, SAFETY, MANAGEMENT, LIFE-CYCLE PERFORMANCE AND COST

 BRIDGE MAINTENANCE, SAFETY, MANAGEMENT, LIFE-CYCLE PERFORMANCE AND COST

BRIDGE MAINTENANCE, SAFETY, MANAGEMENT, LIFE-CYCLE PERFORMANCE AND COST



The number of deteriorating bridges is increasing worldwide. Costs of maintenance, repair and rehabilitation of these bridges far exceed available budgets. Maintaining the safety of existing bridges by making better use of available resources is a major concern for bridge management.

Internationally, the bridge engineering profession has taken positive steps to develop more comprehensive bridge performance measures, conduct better maintenance activities, and provide new forms of bridge management. It was therefore considered appropriate to bring together all of the very best work that has been done in the field of bridge maintenance, safety, management, lifecycle performance and cost at the Third International Conference on Bridge Maintenance, Safety and Management (IABMAS’06), held in Porto, Portugal from July 16 to 19, 2006. The First (IAB-MAS’02) and Second (IABMAS’04) International Conferences on Bridge Maintenance, Safety and Management were held in Barcelona, Spain, July 14–17, 2002, and Kyoto, Japan, October 18–22, 2004, respectively.

The International Association for Bridge Maintenance and Safety (IABMAS), which serves as the organizing association of IABMAS’06, 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 and economic and other implications. The objective of IABMAS is to promote international cooperation in the fields of bridge maintenance, safety, management, life-cycle performance and cost for the purpose of enhancing the welfare of society. The interest of the international bridge community in all these fields has been confirmed by the high response to the call for papers. In fact, more than 500 abstracts were received at the Conference Secretariat. About 80% of them were selected
for final publication as full-papers and presentation at the Conference within four plenary sessions and 72 technical sessions. Compared to IABMAS’04 the total of number of papers scheduled for presentation has increased from 347 to 421.

IABMAS’06 covered all major aspects of bridge maintenance, safety, management, life-cycle performance and cost including advanced materials, ageing of bridges, assessment and evaluation, bridge codes, bridge diagnostics, bridge management systems, composites, design for durability, deterioration modelling, emerging technologies, fatigue, field testing, financial planning, health monitoring, high performance materials, innovations, inspection, life-cycle performance, load capacity assessment, loads, maintenance strategies, new technical and material concepts, non-
destructive testing, optimization strategies, prediction of future traffic demands, rehabilitation, reliability and risk management, repair, replacement, residual service life, safety and serviceability, service life prediction, strengthening, sustainable materials for bridges, sustainable bridges, and whole-life costing, among others.


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