Bridge Asset Management


Bridges are a critical and vital link in transportation infrastructure. Two major cohorts of bridges, those built before WW2 and those in the three decades thereafter are rapidly reaching the end of their service life and need replacement or are in need of significant rehabilitation. Current levels of infrastructure funding are inadequate to cope with the needs. Effective bridge asset management practises are required to obtain the best value from limited resources. This course will provide participants meaningfully guidance to quantify their bridge infrastructure deficit and prioritize bridge investment.

The objective of this course is to:

  • Better understand the Parameters that impact the Life-Cycle Cost of bridge ownership.
  • Appreciate the Value of a bridge and how this Value should influence Investment in the bridge.
  • Learn how to detect & screen Vulnerable Bridges.
  • Identify best Bridge Asset Management practises.
  • Critically examine Bridge Asset Management tools.

Who should attend

This course will be of interest to:

  • Public Works Officials
  • Bridge Engineers & Technologists
  • Bridge Asset Managers
  • Municipal & Provincial Directors of Infrastructure
  • Bridge Maintenance Managers
  • Bridge Inspection Consultants


Day 1 - registration/check-in will start at 8:00 a.m. with sessions to begin at 8:30 a.m. and adjourn at 4:00 p.m. Day 2 will commence at 8:30 a.m. and adjourn at 4:00 p.m. There will be 15 minute mid-morning and afternoon breaks. A light lunch is included from 12 noon to 1:00 pm.

Program outline

Day 1

8:30 Registration
8:40 Welcome & Introduction
  Introducing Bridge Asset Management
Defining Asset Management
A conceptual model of Bridge Value
Bridge Life Cycle
Understanding Bridges as a Perpetual Asset
The basic information requirements for a Bridge Asset Management System
  Discussion and Questions
12:00 Lunch
1:00 Applied Bridge Management
Bridge Failures - Historical & Recent Perspective
Identifying & Assessing Bridge Vulnerabilities
Evaluating & Quantifying Risks associated with Bridge ownership
Exercise in Risk Management
  Discussion and Questions
4:30 Adjournment

Day 2

8:30 Bridge Economics
Valuating a Bridge and its needs
PSAB 3150 (Public Sector Accounting Board for Tangible Capital Assets & General
Accounting Standards Bureau (GASB) 34
Most Viable Rehabilitation Options
Life Cycle Costing
The importance of "Get in Get Out Stay Out"
The Challenge of Forecasting Bridge Deterioration
Public-Private Partnerships
Why Benchmark?
CalTrans Health Index
Depreciation Damage & Defects Method
12:00 Lunch
1:00 Bridge Management Systems
Existing Bridge Management Systems - Ontario & US experience
Challenges associated with various bridge component rating methods
Assessing a bridge in terms of Depreciation, Damage & Defects
Implementing a BMS
  Applying Bridge Asset Management
Optimal Bridge Rehabilitation Strategies
Lessons for New Bridge Design
Best Management Practises for Existing Bridges
Discussion and Questions
4:30 Adjournment


Harold Kleywegt, P.Eng., is principal and Managing Director of Keystone Bridge Management Corp. He is a graduate of the University of Waterloo (BASc 1976) and the University of Guelph (MSc 1978). Harold has 35 years full-time experience in the management, rehabilitation design, maintenance, construction and inspection of both highway and railway bridges. He was instrumental in the development of the Ontario Bridge Management System and is actively helping manage 1500 municipal bridges in Ontario. He has given numerous presentations on bridge management practises, has been a guest lecturer at Queen's University, Kingston and he was a presenting author at The International Association for Bridge Maintenance and Safety (IABMAS) conference in Seoul, Korea, July 2008.