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FHWA Awards Long-Term Bridge Performance Contract

Thursday, December 21, 2017

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The Federal Highway Administration has awarded a $50 million, five-year contract to the HDR/AVS Group to provide technical support for the agency’s Long-Term Bridge Performance Program, which will gather data geared toward better understanding bridge performance.

The 20-year research program will also focus on improving deterioration prediction modeling and capital expenditure decision-making.

Long-Term Bridge Performance Program

The objective of the Long-Term Bridge Performance Program is to collect high-quality bridge data from bridges across the nation that will help experts better understand bridge performance. Products of the program will be composed of a suite of data-driven tools, including predictive and forecasting models.

Data collection goals will also focus on improving the knowledge of bridge performance, applying cost analysis effectively and improving condition information through structural health monitoring.

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The 20-year research program will also focus on improving deterioration prediction modeling and capital expenditure decision-making.

For field data collection the HDR/AVS Group, which is a joint venture composed of HDR Engineering Inc. and Alta Vista Solutions, will use a number of tools, such as the FHWA Robotics-Assisted Bridge Inspection Tool (RABIT); modern non-destructive evaluation and testing techniques; and traditional bridge inspection.

HDR’s Duncan Paterson will act as project manager, with Alta Vista’s Mazen Wahbeh serving as principal investigator.

Long-Term Bridge Performance Program

“This extensive, dedicated program focused on providing high-quality performance data will help create new ways of thinking about how we evaluate our nation’s bridges and apply that information to reduce long-term asset life-cycle costs,” said Paterson.

Both Paterson and Wahbeh noted they are looking forward to working on the project.

“This program is bringing us to a new level in data collection and analysis. It aligns with our commitment to integrate aerial and ground-based sensor platforms into our infrastructure inspection programs,” Wahbeh noted. “We look forward to working with HDR to optimize future funding, life extension and maintenance interventions on our bridges.”

HDR was ranked No. 1 among Top Bridge Design Firms of 2017 by Engineering News-Record. HDR is also the lead designer on the Pennsylvania Rapid Bridge Replacement Program, Bayonne Bridge navigational clearance project and the Governor Mario M. Cuomo Bridge, replacing the Tappan Zee Bridge.

Alta Vista’s track record includes a 10-year period providing source inspection and engineering services for the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge. The company is also providing construction oversight on the new Cuomo Bridge.


Tagged categories: Bridges; Contracts; Federal Highway Administration (FHWA); Government; NA; North America; Program/Project Management

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