The AASHTOWare Bridge Task Force is pleased to deliver version 7.0 of the AASHTOWare Bridge Design (BrD) and AASHTOWare Bridge Rating (BrR) products and the combined Design and Rating product (BrDR). Version 7.0 signifies the completion of the BrDR Modernization Project. The modernized system significantly upgraded the core technology to a modern software architecture that utilizes current and future hardware, and the latest software development technologies. The modernized AASHTO analytical engines improve on the analysis runtime performance of all structure types and paves the groundwork for future performance optimization. The modernized user interface provides an improved and simplified user experience design that is easier to use for beginners and without losing modeling flexibility and robustness for advanced users. In addition to the modernized system, this release adds the following capabilities and features:
- AASHTO LRFD Bridge Design Specifications updates (9th Edition);
- AASHTO Manual for Bridge Evaluation updates (3rd Edition with 2020 Interim Revisions);
- Load Rating Tool enhancements: LFR analysis of floor systems, multi-cell box beams, and culverts; and
- Ability to specify vehicle increment in lane and lane increment for floorbeam and floortruss transverse live load analysis.
The appropriate system download package, with Bridge Design, Bridge Rating, or both, is provided in accordance with your AASHTO license agreement. Installation instructions are provided within the AASHTOWare Bridge Startup Guide in the download package.
Software distribution is handled based on the information the organization provides when the software is licensed. The system download package is distributed to the organization’s shipping designee. If no shipping designee is provided, the download package is distributed to the end user designee. Please direct any questions to AASHTOWare Bridge Design and Rating Technical Support at BrDR@promiles.com.