AASHTOWare Bridge Management Product Update

August 2020

The AASHTOWare Bridge Task Force product update is provided to keep all AASHTOWare Bridge Management (BrM) Software users apprised of recent activity related to the development of the software. The Task Force is committed to providing quarterly updates to help improve communication between the Task Force and those interested in the product.

Development Update: Multimedia and LCCA Enhancements

As previously communicated to the user community, the Task Force has authorized multiple development efforts to occur concurrently. Both projects include significant product enhancements and are well underway. Mayvue is providing frequent updates to the Testing TAG and Task Force, ensuring the multimedia and life-cycle cost analysis enhancements deliver exactly what BrM users need. Below is a progress update on both development efforts:

  • BrM Version 6.4 / Multimedia Enhancements: Mayvue is working very hard to complete the development of a detailed demo of the new multimedia functionality for presentation during the BrMUG meeting in early September. The enhancements include the improved organization of the current user interface, development of a widget for easier access to multimedia files, and a foundation for integrating with other multimedia platforms. The 6.4 release also includes other minor enhancements and dozens of updates and software fixes. Work completed to date is already being tested by the TAG to lessen the load for the complete beta testing period. The Task Force looks forward to the all-encompassing beta testing period to occur this Fall and a release to the user community shortly thereafter.
  • LCCA Enhancement Updates: Mayvue has completed hundreds of development and alpha testing hours in support of the LCCA enhancements to date. Recently, Mayvue surpassed the half-way point for development; however, this project still has a way to go before its ready for release. Mayvue is currently implementing much of the backend functionality with the UI already created. The next significant step is to work on the cost calculation and the optimizer portion of the updates. It is worth noting that the Testing TAG is closely involved in this project and testing is occurring along the way to streamline the testing and release cycle when ready. If you’re interested in checking on the status of this project, please remember that the Task Force is making the LCCA walk-through videos available on the BrM YouTube channel.

2020 BrMUG Meeting Update

While the 2020 BrMUG is not an in-person event, the modified agenda and training topics are shaping up to offer an exciting and productive meeting for all attendees. The robust agenda includes both Mayvue guided training and first-hand state experience presentations that offer users a diverse look at the software, in addition to providing insight into the BrM product roadmap. The virtual nature of the BrMUG will be a great opportunity for additional staff from your organization to attend the Webinars and training sessions that would typically not be able to participate. Complete information on the 2020 Virtual BrMUG Meeting, including links to register for the webinars, is available here.

The yearly user survey was forwarded to the BrM user community in early August to solicit customer feedback and provide the Task Force with critical information to advance product support and improve interactions with the Task Force and Contractor. A high-level summary of the survey results will be included in the AASHTOWare Overview presentation during the 2020 Virtual BrMUG meeting.

The Task Force is looking forward to an exciting and productive meeting and seeing everyone’s faces again in 2021!

2019 User Priority #2: Sub-divide Funding by Project Category Update

The Task Force plans to send out an update email on each of the top ten (10) user priorities identified during the 2019 BrMUG. In support of this direction, the Task Force recently authorized Mayvue to draft a functional requirement document (FDS) for the second-highest user priority voted by the BrM community in 2019: Subdivide Funding by Project Category. This enhancement would give an agency the ability to dedicate a certain portion of their funding to Preservation or Replacement project categories and those funds would be optimized in series. It is a workflow that can be accomplished manually in BrM now; however, the manual process requires several rounds of manual optimization. The goal of this enhancement is to automate that process.

Mayvue will assist interested agencies in the formulation of complete requirements. To support this effort, the Task Force is funding the FDS development phase through the annual Maintenance, Support, and Enhancement (MSE) contract with Mayvue. Mayvue started this effort in late July and plans to have the FDS completed for agency review before the User Group meeting in September. The second phase (development of the functional requirements) will then be funded by state contributions and added to a future work plan for implementation into the core software. If your agency is interested in providing funding to support the development of this enhancement, please reach out to Mayvue or any Task Force member.

Microsoft Teams – Improved Method for User-to-User Communication

The Task Force recently completed a trial of Microsoft Teams to evaluate the applicability of the use of the tool to improve user-to-user communication as well as communication with the Task Force. The Task Force trial was initiated based on feedback from the user community conveying their interest in identifying a platform other than typical social media outlets (i.e. Facebook, email chains) serving as the primary mechanism for BrM user communication with one another. Microsoft Teams provides many benefits for user-to-user communication as well as for general correspondence with the Task Force. Please note, this will not replace official communication from the Task Force or Mayvue such as release announcements. Here are some of the benefits:

  • Microsoft Teams enables users to communicate in a central, persistent location.
  • Users can be easily added or removed to reduce noise.
  • Conversations are organized in channels and available for anyone to follow/review/respond.
  • Microsoft Teams allows users to follow certain channels, so alerts are provided when a post is made.
  • Microsoft Teams can be installed locally with a Microsoft license or accessed via a web browser.
  • Search is available to recall past conversations.

The Task Force plans to roll out an AASHTOWare BrM Community Team in the coming weeks. Please note, additional channels can be created and/or removed based on user feedback and growing needs. Here are a few of the planned channels that will be available from the start.

  • BrM Quarterly Updates
  • BrMUG
  • FAQs
  • Optimizer Discussion
  • BrM General

If you’re interested in participating in the AASHTOWare BrM Community Teams channels, please email BrM@Mayvue.com to be added to the Teams community.

Solicitation to Remain Compliant with the Proposed Changes to the National Bridge Inspection Standards (NBIS) as well as the new Specifications for the National Bridge Inventory (SNBI) 

BrM is synonymous with compliance. The changes to the BrM software because of the planned coding guide changes are expected to be significant. The Task Force and Mayvue have been planning for the release of the proposed changes for many months. This includes planning the necessary steps to ensure the software remains federally compliant and the mandated changes are implemented as fast as possible. The goal is for BrM agencies to focus their energy on internal/organization changes needed to remain compliant. As a result, AASHTO plans to issue a solicitation to help fund the significant improvements and modifications in the coming year. The amount of the solicitation request will depend on the extent of the required changes but is expected to be around $300,000 per agency. 

An initial announcement was sent by Eric Christie in May 2020, identifying a forthcoming solicitation and how solicitations are strategically used at times to pool funds to achieve defined large-scale objectives through work plans with the Contractor while keeping license costs economical. This announcement also detailed options to help ease the impact on agency budgets, especially due to COVID-19 implications. Additional communication will be sent to the BrM end-user designees as the release of the coding guide changes get closer and becomes official. 

Agencies interested in supporting the upcoming solicitation, or agencies who may have questions about the process, should reach out to Judy Tarwater to discuss further. The Task Force asks that each agency consider participating in this important undertaking.

Reminder – BrM Training Videos Available

The Task Force authorized the creation of numerous BrM training videos focused on frequently asked questions and available functionalities/modules added to the software. These videos contain useful information for all levels of users and are readily available on the BrM YouTube channel located here. Be sure to subscribe and click the bell icon to receive notifications whenever a video is released. Requests for additional topics to be considered for video instruction should be submitted to BrM@mayvue.com. Your input is always appreciated.

Sincerely,
The AASHTOWare Bridge Task Force

2020 AASHTOWare Bridge Product Newsletter

The annual AASHTOWare Bridge product newsletter is now available for download.

In this issue we discuss:

  • BrDR
    • New Contractor: ProMiles
    • Version 6.8.4 – Last Legacy Release
    • BrDR Modernization Work Plan
    • Automated Testing
  • BrM
    • Multimedia Module Enhancements
    • Life Cycle Cost Analysis
    • BrM Technical Advisory Groups (TAGs)
    • Solicitation to Remain Compliant with Changes to Federal Regulations
    • Mobile Applications
    • New and Improved Website

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AASHTOWare Bridge Management Product Update

May 2020

The AASHTOWare Bridge Task Force product update is provided to keep all AASHTOWare Bridge Management (BrM) Software users apprised of recent activity related to the development of the software. The Task Force is committed to providing quarterly updates to help improve communication between the Task Force and those interested in the product.

Save the Date – 2020 BrMUG Meeting

The 2020 annual Bridge Management User Group Meeting (BrMUG) will be held in Minneapolis, MN, on September 1-2, 2020. Complete information on the 2020 BrMUG Meeting can be found here.

COVID-19 Implications

Although all AASHTO meetings through July 31, 2020 have been cancelled, we are hopeful that things will be back to some form of pre-pandemic normal between now and early September. The conference is about four months away, so we are moving forward with conference planning activities. We realize that social distancing restrictions may continue and could result in the conference being cancelled; however, should that occur, we plan to pull the most substantive material from the planned agenda and look for opportunities to make these presentations available through virtual presentations.

In the Meantime

If you plan to attend the meeting, COVID-19 permitting, please register for the conference and make your hotel reservations. Information on conference registration and the hotel room block can be found on the 2020 BrMUG Website. The deadline for hotel reservations is August 1, 2020. If the conference ends up being cancelled, all sleeping room reservations made under our group reservation room block will also be cancelled by the hotel.

Please DO NOT purchase your airline ticket at this time. With the uncertainty of the COVID-19 situation and the varying airline policies on compensating travelers for unused airfare, airline tickets should not be purchased until we get closer to the conference dates.

BrM Version 6.4 Highlight

The AASHTOWare Bridge Task Force is pleased to announce that the BrM 6.4 development work plan and contract have been approved and executed. The BrM 6.4 Project includes multimedia module enhancements (a highly ranked priority for several years) and various other enhancements that will improve the BrM user experience. The Task Force chose multimedia as the key enhancement for this next major release given the fact that the user requirements are well defined, the functional design specifications have been completed, and there is a low probability that the proposed federal changes will impact or cause rework within this area of the application.

The multimedia enhancements consist of four major categories:

  • Better organization of the current user interface fields and adding new fields and features.
  • Development of a widget to more easily access multimedia files from within specific tasks to eliminate the need to navigate to the multimedia module to view/access files.
  • Security improvements to provide more control.
  • A foundation for integrating BrM multimedia with other multimedia platforms (e.g. ProjectWise).

Additionally, BrM version 6.4 will offer other improvements including:

  • Addition of the remaining FHWA validation checks and associated software changes.
  • Addition of a “Date Entered” and “Entered By” fields on the Tunnel Inspection page.
  • Tunnel data import into the sample database and associated testing.
  • Various bug fixes, usability enhancements, and maintenance improvements identified by the user community.
  • Integration of approved service unit customizations into core including policy rule weighted element condition states and the availability of an improved Optimizer log.

The Task Force will keep the user community apprised of the development and testing progress as well as our schedule for release as work progresses. Special thanks to the Alabama Department of Transportation and the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet for their financial commitment to this enhancement via service unit contributions.

Life Cycle Cost Analysis (LCCA) Work Plan Update

Screenshot of the LCCA module user interface

Since the release of version 6.3 in January 2020, Mayvue has been hard at work building the enhanced functionality of the LCCA module. As previously communicated, this was the highest priority enhancement voted by the user community during the 2018 BrMUG. The LCCA module will enable agencies to create life cycle plans for each bridge and profiles to be used as part of the network analysis in terms of a refined life cycle cost for any given number of bridges.

Mayvue is periodically demonstrating the new LCCA UI framework and backend functionalities to Testing and Optimizer TAG members. This is a new approach for BrM development projects and is a step towards adopting the Agile software development methodology. Traditionally, TAGs are involved in reviewing and testing near the end of the development phase. The Task Force is excited to move forward a more agile development approach to support earlier involvement and feedback from end-users.

The Task Force and Mayvue plan to hold Testing and Optimizer TAG walk-through webinars at significant development milestones. Please check out the BrM YouTube channel for recordings of these webinars in the near future. 

BrM Solicitation and License Fee Announcement

The Task Force recently forwarded an announcement to AASHTO member agency end user designees to make them aware of the forthcoming BrM solicitation to support BrM compliance with the proposed changes to the National Bridge Inspection Standards (NBIS) and Specifications for the National Bridge Inventory (SNBI) and the BrM license fee increase for FY2021. Please send any questions or concerns regarding this announcement to Judy Tarwater (jtarwater@aashto.org).

AASHTO and the Task Force are keenly aware of the potential financial impact that the COVID-19 pandemic will have on transportation funding. As an active and valued member of the AASHTOWare BrM community, we hope you understand the need for a license fee increase to support the long-term health of the product and the future solicitation to support the proposed changes to the NBIS.

To support the necessary funding needs the Task Force is “thinking outside the box” to remind licensees that, if needed, funding that members have banked with AASHTO as BrM service units can be used by agencies to support BrM license fee payments or participation in the upcoming solicitation. In addition, when the planned solicitation described below is formally issued, AASHTO will reach out to FHWA to request approval for members to use their State Planning and Research (SP&R) funds at 100% federal participation.

aashtowarebridge.com – New and Improved Website

The aashtowarebridge.com website was recently updated to serve as a single point of reference for all modules within the AASHTOWare Bridge product suite (Bridge Management, Bridge Rating and Bridge Design). Users can quickly navigate between the modules in the site’s header. This effort was undertaken to consolidate the AASHTOWare Bridge modules into a single site and to bring the site in alignment with AASHTOWare website standards.

The relevant content has been migrated from the old website with new content added. Information available on our website includes:

  • Support related information
  • Training material and options
  • Links to other BrM related information & sites

As always, if you have any suggestions on how to improve our website or have recommendations for additional content to be added please let Mayvue know by emailing BrM@mayvue.com.

Mayvue’s Free Multimedia Mobile App Now Available

Mayvue is actively developing a full-featured BrM mobile inspection application to be released in the near future; however, through feedback received from the user community, Mayvue has learned that many agencies need a more efficient way to collect multimedia today. As a result, Mayvue built a separate mobile application that focuses solely on simplifying the multimedia capture and BrM upload process.

Today, this application is available for all BrM agencies to use for FREE indefinitely! The application works across all iOS, Android, and desktop devices. Watch the video.

If you want to learn more, or join the BrM agencies already trying it out, please email Mayvue at mobile@mayvue.com.

Reminder – BrM Training Videos Available

The Task Force authorized the creation of numerous BrM training videos focused on frequently asked questions and available functionalities/modules added to the software. These videos contain useful information for all levels of users and are readily available on the BrM YouTube channel located here. Be sure to subscribe and click the bell icon to receive notifications whenever a video is released. Requests for additional topics to be considered for video instruction should be submitted to BrM@mayvue.com. Your input is always appreciated.

Sincerely,
The AASHTOWare Bridge Task Force

AASHTOWare Bridge Management Product Update

March 2020

The AASHTOWare Bridge Task Force product update is provided to keep all AASHTOWare Bridge Management (BrM) Software users apprised of recent activity related to the development of the software. The Task Force is committed to providing quarterly updates to help improve communication between the Task Force and those interested in the product.

BrM Version 6.3 Released

The AASHTOWare Bridge Task Force is pleased to announce the release of BrM version 6.3. This release was made available to the user community on February 3, 2020. Here are some of the major enhancements and fixes.

Updated and added functionality for NBI deterioration profiles. Changes include renaming the page to “GCR Deterioration Profiles” (that’s ‘General Condition Ratings’ for those not familiar with the term), allowing multiple profiles per component, updates to the network NBI distribution estimates, and the creation of a new page, GCR Deterioration Profile Assignment, for assigning GCR deterioration profiles to the components of specific bridges (for example concrete and metal culverts using different NBI deterioration curves).

  • Added two new pages, “Admin > Modeling Config > Multi Asset Action Defs” and “Tunnels > Tunnel Work Candidates” to allow the creation and assignment of work candidates for non-bridge assets.
  • Added a universal session time out pop up to allow users to extend their BrM session after a specified period of time on a single page.
  • Added the “Bridges > Inspection Assignment” task that allows users to manage all aspects of their inspection assignments including groups, teams, and bridges.
  • Added the “Admin > General Config > Scheduled Tasks” feature to allow scheduling to automate processes such as bridge validations, sufficiency ratings, and report generations.
  • Added a Projects Map grouping to the Program Optimizer results that will display a map view of the bridges with valid location data within the projects returned in the optimizer results.
  • Added a “Financial” chart type to the “Admin > Modeling Config > Executive Summary” task that can display a year by year break down of total program cost, cost by project category, and cost by project category as a percentage.
  • Added new features and updated other aspects of the Visual Form Editor including:
    • the ability to create custom grids.
    • the ability to create additional custom user tables.
    • additional customization options for control settings and positioning.
    • updated the form controls to allow the Label field for controls to be left empty.
    • updated the Short Label field on the “Admin > General Config > Parameters” task and in the Visual Form Editor to allow the field to be left empty.
  • Added SAML2 configuration to the web.config form to allow for single sign-on to BrM.
  • Updated the user interface of the “Bridges > Manage Layouts” and “Projects > Manage Layouts” tasks to match new BrM design standards.
  • Here is the BrM 6.3 release video that shows off the updates in this version.

Agencies interested in upgrading to version 6.3 can find the installation files, release notes/instructions, and software documentation here.

As always, please contact Mayvue by emailing BrM@mayvue.com with your questions, installation support, or to report issues.

BrM’s Life Cycle Cost Analysis (LCCA) Enhancement Project Has Started

The Task Force recently approved the start on the Enhanced Functionality of the Life Cycle Cost Analysis (LCCA) Module project. This enhancement was the highest priority of the user group at the 2018 BrM User Group meeting. This project includes significant enhancements to the LCCA module which will assist agencies in creating life cycle plans for each bridge and will enable profiles to be used as part of a network analysis in terms of a refined life cycle cost for any given number of bridges. The incorporation of these features will enable agencies to create bridge level life cycle plans that fit their specific practices and policies for any given bridge. This functionality is useful whether a user is programming work scheduled for the short-term (5 years or less) or developing a long-term program (e.g. 10, 20, 50 years).

The LCCA enhancements are anticipated to take approximately 18 months to fully develop, test, and implement due to the complexities. While the Task Force does not have a release schedule at this time, updates on the progress of this project will be communicated to the user community as they are available.

NBIS and SNBI Solicitation

A substantial portion of the January 2020 Task Force meeting focused on identifying and planning for changes to BrM that must be implemented to support the proposed National Bridge Inspection Standards (NBIS) and coding guide changes (Specifications for the National Bridge Inventory or SNBI). Specifically, the Task Force and Mayvue are in the process of determining how these new requirements will affect the core BrM software as well as understanding the financial impact of those changes. The Task Force remains fully committed to being in a position to quickly move forward once the rule making is finalized to ensure our users have the best solution implemented well in advance of the required due dates.
The Task Force plans to send information regarding a forthcoming project solicitation to serve as the funding mechanism to properly implement these critical software changes. The Task Force asks that member agencies begin to think about and plan how they can contribute to this important effort.

In the meantime, if you have any questions, please feel free to send these to the Task Force. More information will be forthcoming as the FHWA comment period comes to an end and timelines and next steps are formalized.

BrM Version 6.4 Work Plan

The Task Force and Mayvue are working on drafting the version 6.4 work plan which will include numerous maintenance improvements and potentially a multimedia enhancement effort. Multimedia has been a higher priority enhancement within the user community for several years. This feature would allow inspectors and asset managers to provide and access all required bridge documents and inspection photos. More planning, estimating, and Functional Design Specification (FDS) finalization are required before the Task Force can fully commit to the multimedia enhancement in version 6.4; however, it is on the shortlist. More information on version 6.4 to follow in future updates. For a detailed description, please request the current FDS from Mayvue. If your agency would need additional functionality, please contact Mayvue with your comments and suggestions and consider participating to provide this enhancement with service units.

FHWA NBE Validation Rules Checks Within in BrM

BrM version 6.3 provides additional FHWA NBE validation checks that previously did not exist. While it was our intent to include all validation rules in version 6.3, due to significant changes required within the BrM engine, all validation rules were not able to be incorporated in version 6.3. As a result, Mayvue has been tasked to complete the necessary work to incorporate the remaining validation rules into the next BrM release (version 6.4).

Optimizer TAG – Members Wanted

Our pooled fund software contains a powerful engine – the Optimizer – that allows for top down, bottom-up, or middle-out analysis and multi-objective prioritization to help an owner agency prioritize the potential work for an individual bridge up to a network of thousands of structures. The Task Force is preparing to further enhance this engine and the module that supports it and is looking for volunteers that want to have an active voice in the development. An Optimizer Testing and Acceptance Group (TAG) has been established to gather this feedback. This TAG, led by Beckie Curtis of the Michigan Department of Transportation, will be an integral part to ensure the Optimizer meets and exceeds the needs of BrM agencies across the country by continuing to refine the BrM Optimizer.

An email was recently sent by Beckie looking for interested people. If you, or someone within your agency, are interested in participating in this important group, please email Beckie at CurtisR4@michigan.gov to receive additional information about the group, next steps, and future plans.

Improved BrM User to User Communication via Microsoft Teams

For years, the user community has been looking for an efficient way to communicate with one another, the Task Force, and Mayvue. Social media outlets such as Facebook and Twitter have proven to not be a suitable method and email chains can become long-winded and eventually turn into noise.

Mayvue has been studying solutions and is investigating Microsoft Teams as a possible solution. Here are some high-level details:

  • Microsoft Teams enables users to communicate in a central, persistent location.
  • Conversations are organized into channels and available for all to see and participate.
  • Microsoft Teams can be installed locally with a Microsoft Office license or accessed via a web browser.
  • Mayvue can add or remove a user by entering or removing their email address. Users simply let Mayvue know by emailing BrM@mayvue.com.
  • Notifications can be enabled to make you aware of conversations occurring in specific channels (e.g. 2020 BrMUG or the release channel).
  • Search is available to recall past conversations.

Mayvue and the Task Force are currently trying it out and will notify the user community if/when it’s implemented as our outreach tool.

Free Mobile Multimedia Application – Pilot

Based on Mayvue’s recent conversations with members of the BrM user community, some agencies have expressed a desire to postpone adopting a full-blown mobile bridge inspection solution until after the coding guide changes are released. Those conversations revealed that the steps necessary for capturing multimedia during an inspection (file naming, organization, uploading, etc.) are a significant pain point that should be addressed today!

As a result, Mayvue created a new mobile application to streamline the process of capturing and uploading inspection photos to BrM. This free mobile app allows users to take photos in the field via their phones or tablets (with or without internet connectivity), add additional details, and sync to a specific bridge or inspection within BrM. Through this app, agencies will have the opportunity to add a mobile application to their toolkit without having to make a long-term commitment to a mobile solution.

The full-blown mobile bridge inspection application presented at the 2019 BrMUG meeting is still actively being developed and will soon be available to all interested agencies. If your agency is interested in either mobile solution, email mobile@mayvue.com and Mayvue will be in touch.

Note: This product is not supported by AASHTO, but instead is offered as a free solution by Mayvue.

Reminder – BrM Training Videos Available

The Task Force authorized the creation of numerous BrM training videos focused on frequently asked questions and available functionalities/modules added to the software. These videos contain useful information for all levels of users and are readily available on the BrM YouTube channel located here. Requests for additional topics to be considered for video instruction should be submitted to BrM@mayvue.com. Your input is always appreciated.

Save the Date – 2020 BrMUG Meeting

The 2020 annual Bridge Management User Group Meeting (BrMUG) will be held in Minneapolis, MN, on September 1-2, 2020. Complete information on the 2020 BrMUG Meeting can be found here.

Sincerely,
The AASHTOWare Bridge Task Force

AASHTOWare Bridge Management 6.3 Release Announcement

The AASHTOWare Bridge Task Force is pleased to announce the release of AASHTOWare Bridge Management version 6.3. As you are aware, with the move to BrM 6, BrM has become ‘patchable’. The goal of patches is to ultimately ease the upgrade process. The patch files have been posted to ShareFile. Please email brm@mayvue.com with any questions or concerns, or if any issues during the patch process.

Please make sure to read the Release Notes prior to installing BrM 6.3.

What’s New in BrM 6.3

  • Updated and added functionality for NBI deterioration profiles. Changes include renaming the page to “GCR Deterioration Profiles”, allowing multiple profiles per component, updates to the network NBI distribution estimates, and the creation of a new page, GCR Deterioration Profile Assignment, for assigning GCR deterioration profiles to the components of specific bridges.
  • Added two new pages, “Admin > Modeling Config > Multi Asset Action Defs” and “Tunnels > Tunnel Work Candidates” to allow the creation and assignment of work candidates for non-bridge assets.
  • Added a universal session time out pop up to allow users to extend their BrM session after a specified period of time on a single page.
  • Added the “Bridges > Inspection Assignment” task that allows users to manage all aspects of their inspection assignments including groups, teams, and bridges.
  • Added new features and updated other aspects of the Visual Form Editor.
    • Added the ability to create custom grids.
    • Added the ability to create additional custom user tables.
    • Added additional customization options for control settings and positioning.
    • Updated the form controls to allow the Label field for controls to be left empty.
    • Updated the Short Label field on the “Admin > General Config > Parameters” task and in the Visual Form Editor to allow the field to be left empty.
  • Added SAML2 configuration to the web.config form to allow for single sign-on to BrM.
  • Added the “Admin > General Config > Scheduled Tasks” feature to allow scheduling to automate processes such as bridge validations, sufficiency ratings, and report generations.
  • Added a Projects Map grouping to the Program Optimizer results that displays a map view of the bridges with valid location data within the projects returned in the optimizer results.
  • Added a “Financial” chart type to the “Admin > Modeling Config > Executive Summary” task that can display a year by year break down of total program cost, cost by project category, and cost by project category as a percentage.
  • Updated the user interface of the “Bridges > Manage Layouts” and “Projects > Manage Layouts” tasks to match new BrM design standards.
  • Various bug fixes and improvements (see attached for a full list).

BrM 6.3 is now available for download at the link below: bit.ly/DownloadBrM63

BrM 6.3 Release Notes

  • If you do not have access to the download folder, please reach out to us at brm@mayvue.com.
  • The install is designed to upgrade any version of BrM 6. You will need to have BrM 6.0 or later installed to run this update.
  • There is only one 6.3 install, it will ask you which version you wish to update. Please make sure you select the correct install for your environment.
  • Changes were made to web.config which will require it to be updated in this release. If you have made any customizations to web.config you will need to make a backup before you run this update and add the changes back into the new web.config. Do not overwrite the new config file with your old config file.
  • The scripts are included with the install but also posted on the Share File site.
    • These are the same scripts. You do not need to download them from Share File if you download the installs.
    • The scripts are located in the install directory at
      • Oracle – “~\DB\Oracle\Database Script”
      • SQL Server – “~\DB\Microsoft SQL Server\Database Scripts”
  • Please enter any questions or issues in Jira or send an email to brm@mayvue.com.

BrM 6.3 Documentation

The documentation is posted to Share File. Also, a release video is available at the link below which highlights the changes made to version 6.3:

Sincerely,
The AASHTOWare Bridge Task Force

AASHTOWare Bridge Management Product Update

December 2019

The AASHTOWare Bridge Task Force product update is provided to keep all AASHTOWare Bridge Management (BrM) Software users apprised of recent activity related to the development of the software. The Task Force is committed to providing quarterly updates to help improve communication between the Task Force and those interested in the product.

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AASHTOWare Bridge Management Product Update

August 2019

The following AASHTOWare Bridge Task Force product update is provided to keep all AASHTOWare Bridge Management (BrM) Software users apprised of recent activity related to the development of the software. The Task Force is committed to providing quarterly updates to help improve communication between the Task Force and those interested in the product.

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