Bridge management through performance models

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Lake, N & Seskis, J 2013, Bridge management using performance models, Austroads, Sydney, New South Wales.

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There is significant pressure in Australia to improve freight productivity through the national reform agenda. A key component of the reform plan is to improve access to the road network for heavy vehicle operators. Assessment of bridge capacity is perceived to be critical to this aim. This project reviewed the current Australian Standard Bridge Design AS 5100.7: Rating of existing bridges (2004) and the BAG (Bridge Assessment Group) Guidelines for bridge load capacity assessment (1997) which are currently the principal documents for detailed bridge capacity assessment. With the current code review of AS 5100.7 underway, this report, and proposed code clauses, contributes to the code review as a direct input into the revision process.