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An Australian railway bridge management framework

journal contribution
posted on 06.12.2017, 00:00 by Dwayne Nielsen, Gopinath Chattopadhyay, Dhamodharan Raman
A large number of Australian railway bridges were constructed over 80 years ago and have become increasingly costly to maintain. Infrastructure managers are under pressure to maintain bridge structures to a specified performance level with less maintenance funding and fewer resources.Currently, some rail operators maintain bridges through generic assetmanagement systems which are simplistic and only address immediateoperational issues. This is despite the fact that a life cycle cost analysis is proven to strategically maintain bridge assets and reduce costs over their operational life. A new bridge management system (BMS) framework which consists of a life cycle cost analysis and strategy model is proposed in this paper. The model can provide solutions at the element, bridge and network levels. A brief background is provided on Australian railway bridge operational history. Finally, a new maintenance cycle is proposed and its components are discussed.

Funding

Category 4 - CRC Research Income

History

Volume

1

Issue

3

Start Page

301

End Page

315

Number of Pages

15

ISSN

1759-9733

Location

United Kingdom

Publisher

Inderscience

Language

en-aus

Peer Reviewed

Yes

Open Access

No

External Author Affiliations

Centre for Railway Engineering; Institute for Resource Industries and Sustainability (IRIS);

Era Eligible

Yes

Journal

International journal of strategic engineering asset management.