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Balogun, T B (2014) Towards a life cycle framework for bridge management systems in the UK: Insights from a critical review of international approaches and models. In: Raiden, A and Aboagye-Nimo, E (Eds.), Proceedings 30th Annual ARCOM Conference, 1-3 September 2014, Portsmouth, UK, Association of Researchers in Construction Management, 63–72.
- Type: Conference Proceedings
- Keywords: asset management; bridge management system; life cycle assessment; sustainability
- ISBN/ISSN: 978-0-9552390-8-3
- URL: http://www.arcom.ac.uk/-docs/proceedings/ar2014-0063-0072_Balogun.pdf
Effective Bridge Management Systems (BMS) are of paramount importance to bridge owners and bridge managers. BMS in the UK encompass an inventory of existing bridge stock, schedule of inspections, condition rating of structures, budget planning, deterioration modelling, bid for maintenance funds, and maintenance repair and rehabilitation, but fail to consider sustainability and long-term options. A Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) approach is currently being proposed to address this problem, which can be incorporated into a BMS. In order to achieve this, a critical analysis was performed on international literatures in the area of BMS study. This presents insights of previous approaches and models towards improving existing BMS functionalities, while responding to generic requirements. Findings revealed that the incremental improvement of BMS does not consider sustainability options to enable sustainable decisions to be made regarding bridge management activities. Therefore, systems should start considering sustainability optimization criteria which can be delivered through a life cycle approach.