For nearly 30 years, AASHTOWare Bridge Management (BrM) has been widely used as the primary bridge management software for transportation agencies across the United States and internationally. The software is owned and maintained by AASHTO, a nonprofit, nonpartisan association representing highway and transportation departments in the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico.
The BrM software is a key product in the AASHTOWare software suite and has seen dramatic improvements since its initial release by Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) in 1990. As with all products in the AASHTOWare software suite, BrM is an enterprise software solution designed by transportation professionals for transportation professionals.
Today, the latest version (pending release) of the web-based software, BrM 6.3:
- fully incorporates AASHTO’s National Bridge Elements
- provides the means to collect and store multi-assets (bridges and tunnels) inspection and inventory data for Federal reporting purposes
- allows users to track bridge preservation and maintenance
- allows users to perform bridge deterioration modeling
- analyzes performance, budgets, and guides the decision-making process toward the most cost-effective choices for bridge preservation, rehabilitation, and replacement
- provides a full suite of out-of-the-box reports designed specifically for bridge management needs
Top 5 Things BrM Users Should Know
- BrM works off the shelf. Import your NBI/NBE files and go.
- Invest the time in setting up BrM correctly. Your agency will have meaningful and useful projects if time and resources are dedicated to setting up BrM properly.
- Support and training. Mayvue, the product’s consulting agency, can provide training courses, setup, and configuration of BrM, and assist in the installation of BrM.
- Validate often. Be sure to run validation on subsets of bridges throughout the year so that issues can be addressed before the submittal season.
- Help is always available! With a comprehensive user guide, technical manual, YouTube Channel, active user community, and growing knowledge base of articles, the answer is always just a click away.
BrM Management and Oversight
AASHTO’s efforts are headed by a Task Force comprised of state bridge engineering and information technology professionals. This Task Force, partnered with Mayvue, manages the product on behalf of AASHTO and the user community in order to ensure that the continued development, maintenance, and support of the software meets the needs and requirements of state and local agencies, governmental organizations, and private consultants.
The objectives of the Task Force include:
- Strategic planning for the continuous evolution of the product
- Soliciting and facilitating the collection of feedback from the user community
- Grooming and incorporating the user community’s feedback into product features
- Creating yearly operating plans that identify specific deliverables in a given year
- Overseeing the product development life cycle for feature releases
- Ongoing collaboration with Mayvue across all phases of the product’s lifecycle
Active User Community
The continued success of the BrM product can be largely contributed to the ongoing involvement of its active user community. Licensed members of the BrM product participate in different committees that ensure the product remains innovative and high quality.
Annual User Group Meeting
AASHTO hosts an annual user group (BrMUG) meeting with the purpose of promoting the software through presentations, training sessions, and forums. Members represent their respective agencies by guiding and supporting the AASHTOWare BrM product. Member feedback is collected, organized, and provided back to the community enabling them to vote on future enhancements, ultimately steering the continued growth and development of the product.