AASHTOWare Bridge Design and Rating 7.1 Release Announcement

The AASHTOWare Bridge Task Force is pleased to deliver version 7.1 of the AASHTOWare Bridge Design (BrD) and AASHTOWare Bridge Rating (BrR) products and the combined Design and Rating product (BrDR).  This release brings you exciting improvements and features that built on top of the version 7.0 modernized platform.  This release adds the following capabilities and features:

  1. Advanced concrete beams for girder system and girder line
    • Wide variety of cross sections can be modeled including non-symmetric and precast shapes
    • Regions of post-tensioning and regions of reinforced concrete within the same member
    • Overlapping post-tensioning tendons
    • Select stage of post-tensioning application
    • Hinges can be present in select construction stages
  2. Multi-cell box beam enhancements
    • Ability to specify standalone and connected structure models for live load distribution factors computation
    • Ability to consider exterior web as interior web for live load distribution factors computation
    • Ability to distribute post-tensioning forces to individual webs by percentages
    • Ability to enter loads on an individual web
    • Ability to specify percent of dead load flexure and shear for individual webs
  3. Ability to specify LRFD resistance factors for tension-controlled post-tensioned concrete sections with bonded strands or tendons
  4. LRFD live load distribution factor applicability ranges enhancements
    • Limit single lane lever rule to multi-lane equation
    • Limit live load distribution factor values to lever rule value
    • Difference in skew angle between adjacent supports override
    • Range of applicability for slabs
    • Live load distribution factor equations for one and two cell multi-cell box structures
  5. 3D analysis for reinforced concrete and steel superstructures with in-span hinges
  6. AASHTOWare Bridge Management (BrM) web service integration
  7. Load Rating Tool enhancements
    • Ability to specify permit analysis settings
    • Addition of slab system LFR
  8. Simplified Analysis API for LRFR permit load analysis
  9. Ability to specify user-defined file paths for various output
  10. Analysis Results Comparison Tool
  11. Support Active Directory authentication
  12. Support Oracle container database architecture
  13. License enforcement mechanism improvement
  14. Application Program Interface documentation updates

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 will be distributed to the organization’s shipping designee.  If no shipping designee is provided, the download package will be distributed to the end user designee.

Please direct any questions to AASHTOWare Bridge Design and Rating Technical Support at BrDR@promiles.com.

AASHTOWare Bridge Management 6.5 Release Announcement

The AASHTOWare Bridge Task Force is pleased to announce the release of AASHTOWare Bridge Management (BrM) version 6.5. The primary focus of this release is to enhance the functionality of the Life Cycle Cost Analysis (LCCA) module. Agencies can now 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 that is scheduled to be done in the short term (5 years or less), or is developing a long-term program (e.g. 10, 15, 20, 50 years, etc.).

What’s New in BrM 6.5

  • Implemented a new LCCA Optimization module to generate optimal Life Cycle Plans. The module analyzes different alternatives and recursively selects the alternatives with the least life cycle costs.
  • The new LCCA recursive module leverages the current Network Policies and LCCA Policies pages, however, the policies are used in a new context. The Network Policies are used to generate the alternatives that the module will optimize, and the LCCA Policies are used to prevent the bridge from falling below a certain threshold.
  • The new algorithm generates Life Cycle Plans from alternative actions (defined by Network Policies), condition-based actions (defined by LCCA Policies), and manually added actions (defined by users selecting from Actions, Projects, Network Policies, or Work Candidates).
  • Users can now visually compare up to three Plans via Performance, Timing, and Life Cycle Cost charts.
  • Added optimization queues to the Programs > Program Planning and Analysis > LCCA tasks. Users can now easily queue optimizations and observe which optimization is currently running.
  • Added an option to the optimizer to allow you to recalculate the structure weight for each year of the optimization period.
  • Added Utility without LCC type to rule builder in Admin > Modeling Config > Network Policies and Admin > Modeling Config > LCCA Policy Rules tasks.
  • Added Action User Cost as an associated benefit groups option for actions on the Admin > Modeling Config > Actions Defs task.
  • Added a User Cost section to the Projects > Create/Edit Projects tasks.
  • Added UserCost context and example formulas to the Admin > Modeling Config > Advanced Formulas task.
  • Added NBI Element Conversions report that shows how the conversion profiles are interacting with the inspection data.
  • Added the Time in State report that shows how long bridges have been in their rating condition.
  • Various bug fixes and improvements (full list supplied with the release notes).

The changes included in the latest release, AASHTOWare BrM 6.5, are also highlighted in this release video:

Download BrM 6.5 Now

AASHTOWare BrM 6.5 and supporting documentation are now available for download from ShareFile:
https://mayvue.sharefile.com/d-s52bfb431bd3347698410abea943578c9

Please make sure to read the Release Notes prior to installing BrM 6.5. Email brm@mayvue.com with any questions or concerns, or if any issues during the installation process.

Sincerely,
The AASHTOWare Bridge Task Force

AASHTOWare Bridge Management Product Update

May 2021

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 software development. The Task Force is committed to providing quarterly updates to improve communication between the Task Force and those interested in the product.

BrM 6.4 Released

The AASHTOWare Bridge Task Force is pleased to announce the release of BrM version 6.4. This release was made available to the user community on January 8, 2021. Here is the release video that summarizes the new enhancements included in the release. Below are some of the key highlights:

  • Redesigned Multimedia Module
    • Updated the Inspection > Multimedia task to use the redesigned Multimedia module.
    • Added the Admin > Security > Multimedia task to manage the role-based permission for multimedia contexts and subfolders.
    • Added the Admin > General Config > Multimedia task to configure various settings for the Multimedia module.
    • Added a Multimedia widget that can be added to any new or existing task from the Visual Forms Editor.
  • Updated the Program Optimizer to allow for multi-year, manually funded (funding allocated) projects.
  • Updated the Programs > Assign Projects task to allow for the assignment of projects to specific program scenarios.
  • Added the ability to enable/disable the optimizer log files, control the number of alternative logs maintained in the system, and set the number of rows of data permitted in each alternative log.
  • Added the ability to download optimizer log files, including the web output log and the alternative log, on the Programs > Program Planning task.
  • Added a Weighted option to the Percent Condition State field for the Element Condition State action type on the Admin > Modeling Config > Network Policies task.
  • Added the Bridges > Mapping > Enhanced Mapping task that allows you to view the surrounding bridges on a map within a particular area of the selected bridge. You can also draw your own area from which to view surrounding bridges.
  • Various bug fixes and improvements (full list supplied with the release announcement).

Note: There are some new considerations when adding multimedia file links to custom Crystal Reports. Please see the attached document for more details about what’s changed: Adding Multimedia to Custom Reports in 6.4.pdf

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

BrM 6.4.1 Patch Release

Shortly after the release of version 6.4, the Task Force authorized Mayvue to complete a patch release to address a potential security vulnerability discovered in one of the application frameworks used to build BrM. Upon identification, Mayvue contacted all agencies that downloaded version 6.4 to explain the situation and suggested delaying their 6.4 implementations until the patch release was made available. 

The 6.4.1 patch was released to the user community on February 4, 2021. While this patch is optional and may not impact your agency, it is Mayvue’s recommendation for agencies to install this version when upgrading their BrM instance. 

Agencies interested in upgrading to version 6.4.1 can find the installation files, release notes/instructions, and software documentation here. Please reach out to Mayvue if you have any questions.

BrM 6.5 – Life Cycle Cost Analysis (LCCA) Update

Mayvue hit the 100% development completion milestone at the end of March 2021 and held a demonstration of the functionalities for the Beta Testing TAG, Optimizer TAG, Database TAG, and Task Force on April 22, 2021. The Beta Testing TAG is continuing to test the LCCA functionality to ensure all components of the enhancement are functioning as expected, on both the Mayvue hosted site and in their local environments. 

Due to the large number of enhancements included in the LCCA project, and the long-awaited nature of this release by many agencies, the Task Force has decided to release the LCCA enhancements to the BrM community in the summer of 2021 as BrM 6.5. This release will also include maintenance fixes that Mayvue is able to include through the end of beta testing. The Task Force will continue to update the user community on the delivery of the LCCA enhancements as development and testing progresses.

BrM 6.6 Work Plan

The Task Force finalized the BrM 6.6 work plan during their April Task Force meeting. The high-level enhancements included in the scope of this project (planned for delivery in early calendar year 2022) are listed below:

  • Sub-divide Funding by Project Category (#2 user voted priority)
  • Critical Findings / Request for Action Module
  • User Certification Module
  • Analytical Tools
    • STIP Project Import Tool
    • Time in State Report (for NBI items)
    • NBI Conversion Report   

The BrM 6.6 Project work plan was approved by the Standing Committee on AASHTOWare (SCOA) on May 3, 2021 and the contract is expected to be executed in early May. 

The Task Force is also evaluating the possibility of including a Signs Module enhancement and/or the Suppression Rule enhancement (formerly known as the Optimizer Look Ahead rule) in the 6.6 release via a work plan/contract modification in June 2021. The inclusion of these enhancements is dependent on funding availability and individual state funding contributions / service unit donations to support the development activities. 

Please reach out to the Task Force or Mayvue with any questions related to the BrM 6.6 work plan.

Update – Proposed Changes to the National Bridge Inspection Standards (NBIS) as well as the new Specifications for the National Bridge Inventory (SNBI)

The Task Force continues to monitor the proposed changes to the NBIS and SNBI. A date has not yet been established for the official release of these proposed changes; however, the Task Force remains vigilant to ensure we are ready to respond without delay. We have previously communicated that a project solicitation will be issued to secure sufficient funding to ensure BrM’s compliance with the new regulations. Please note, the Task Force has prioritized maintaining BrM’s compliance with national standards as its highest objective for the future. We will continue to monitor the timing of the release and continue to make you aware as we learn new information.

We ask that all agencies strongly consider supporting this important undertaking through participation in the upcoming project solicitation. 

When/How Can AASHTO Accept Funding Commitments?

Based on feedback received from several AASHTO Member Agencies interested in participating in the upcoming project solicitation, we have learned that some agencies have “earmarked” funding in their current fiscal year budgets to commit funding towards the NBIS/SNBI BrM project.  

The solicitation commitment process cannot commence until the work plan is finalized and the work plan cannot be finalized until the requirements have been published. Therefore, for those agencies interested in committing funding to this important initiative prior to the publication of the NBIS/SNBI changes and issuance of the project solicitation, an alternate mechanism has been established to commit funding for the project.

Funding for the NBIS/SNBI BrM project can be committed to AASHTO via the FY2022 Member Software Request Form: Additional Enhancement Funding.  All funding contributed in this manner will be reserved to support the project solicitation. Questions about the project solicitation process should be directed to Judy Tarwater. 

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.

The 2021 BrMUG Meeting is Going Virtual (Again)!

Based on responses to the recent BrM user community agenda planning survey, it was determined that agency travel approval for a majority of the BrM user community will not be supported for the 2021 BrMUG meeting scheduled for this September. Please save the date for the 2021 VIRTUAL Bridge Management User Group Meeting (BrMUG) which will be held September 14 – 16, 2021. 

The User Group Officers are working hard on agenda development, using input received from their recent survey. Registration for the event will not be opened until the agenda is in final form. Please watch for 2021 VIRTUAL BrMUG meeting emails for additional information.

Sincerely,
The AASHTOWare Bridge Task Force

AASHTOWare Bridge Design and Rating 7.0 Release Announcement

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.

AASHTOWare Bridge Management 6.4 Release Announcement

The AASHTOWare Bridge Task Force is pleased to announce the release of AASHTOWare Bridge Management version 6.4. 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 Install Notes below and the release notes prior to installing BrM 6.4.

What’s New in BrM 6.4 

  • Redesigned the Multimedia Module.
    • Updated the Inspection > Multimedia task to use the redesigned Multimedia module.
    • Added the Admin > Security > Multimedia task to manage the role-based permission for multimedia contexts and subfolders.
    • Added the Admin > General Config > Multimedia task to configure various settings for the Multimedia module.
    • Added a Multimedia widget that can be added to any new or existing task from the Visual Forms Editor.
  • Updated the Program Optimizer to allow for multi-year, manually funded (funding allocated) projects.
  • Updated the Programs > Assign Projects task to allow for the assignment of projects to specific program scenarios.
  • Added the ability to enable/disable the optimizer log files, control the number of alternative logs maintained in the system, and set the number of rows of data permitted in each alternative log.
  • Added the ability to download optimizer log files, including the web output log and the alternative log, on the Programs > Program Planning task.
  • Added a Weighted option to the Percent Condition State field for the Element Condition State action type on the Admin > Modeling Config > Network Policies task.
  • Added the Bridges > Mapping > Enhanced Mapping task that allows you to view the surrounding bridges on a map within a particular area of the selected bridge. You can also draw your own area from which to view surrounding bridges.
  • Various bug fixes and improvements (see the release notes for a full list).

BrM 6.4 is now available for download at the link below:
https://mayvue.sharefile.com/home/shared/fobda07d-fe41-409b-833c-55b94d76d0f2

BrM 6.4 Install Notes

  • If you do not have access to the download folder, please reach out to 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 6.4 install, it will ask you which version you wish to update. Please make sure you select the correct install for your environment.
  • The scripts are included with the install but also posted on the ShareFile site. 
  • These are the same scripts. You do not need to download them from ShareFile if you download the installs.
    • The scripts are located in the install directory atOracle  – “~\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.

Note: There are some new considerations when adding multimedia file links to custom Crystal Reports. Please see the attached document for more details about what’s changed: Adding Multimedia to Custom Reports in 6.4.pdf

BrM 6.4 Documentation

The full documentation is posted to ShareFile.  Also, a release video is available below which highlights the changes made to version 6.4. 

Sincerely,
The AASHTOWare Bridge Task Force

AASHTOWare Bridge Management Product Update

November 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 6.4 Project Update

BrM Version 6.4 is currently in full beta testing and is progressing nicely. The Testing TAG is meeting weekly and thoroughly testing the multimedia enhancements as well as other fixes and minor enhancements within their networks. It is the Task Force’s goal to release version 6.4 by late 2020 or early 2021. In addition to the various enhancements that were demonstrated during the User Group Meeting, the Task Force recently authorized mapping enhancements to be added into version 6.4. While this was not originally planned for this release, the Task Force recognized that improved mapping would result in an enhanced user experience and Mayvue had the additional capacity to include these features in short order. As a result, two significant mapping improvements will be included in version 6.4 along with some other minor mapping features: 

  1. When a bridge is selected (blue pin), the map will now have the option to show surrounding bridges (yellow pins) to allow quick selection of close/nearby bridges by the user. This feature can be toggled on and off by using the surrounding bridges toggle at the top of the page.
  2. Users will be able to draw a polygon on a map and the application will automatically select those bridges and provide details in a table below the map. This allows the user to capture information about multiple surrounding bridges very quickly and without having to build another filter to view their information.
The blue pin shows the selected bridge. Surrounding bridges are indicated by yellow pins.
Users can draw a polygon directly on the map to select specific bridges.
Details about the bridges in the polygon are displayed in the table beneath the map.

The Task Force will continue to keep the user community aware of the status of the 6.4 release. If you have any questions, please feel free to send them to brm@mayvue.com.

Internet Explorer (IE) 11 End of Life Support – Early Notification

Microsoft recently announced that it will be ending support for IE11 in August 2021 across all Microsoft applications and services. In response, the Task Force has determined that it will no longer support IE11 beyond the version 6.5 release which is not yet planned but is likely to occur sometime in the calendar year 2021. As a result, future versions of BrM would require the use of other major browsers such as Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, and Microsoft Edge as IE11 will no longer be supported. 

Life Cycle Cost Analysis (LCCA) Update

Mayvue is approaching the 75% development completion mark for LCCA enhancements in December 2020. Upon approval of the version 6.4 release (discussed above), Mayvue will complete a demonstration walk-through of the LCCA enhancements to both the Testing TAG and Optimizer TAG. This will occur after the 6.4 release is approved to allow the TAG to fully focus their testing efforts on the LCCA enhancements. 

Between the 75% and 100% LCCA enhancement development completion milestones, Mayvue will focus on refining the Optimizer and addressing feedback from the Testing and Optimizer TAGs. The Task Force is evaluating options for the release of the LCCA enhancements which include potentially including it in the 6.5 release planned for 2021. The Task Force will continue to update the user community on the delivery of the LCCA enhancements as development and testing progress.

Update: Proposed Changes to the National Bridge Inspection Standards (NBIS) as well as the new Specifications for the National Bridge Inventory (SNBI)

The Task Force continues to monitor the proposed changes to the NBIS and SNBI. A date has not yet been established for the official release of these proposed changes; however, the Task Force remains vigilant to ensure we’re ready to respond without delay. We have previously communicated that a project solicitation will be issued to secure sufficient funding to ensure BrM’s compliance with the new regulations. Please note, the Task Force has prioritized maintaining BrM’s compliance with national standards as its highest objective for the future. We will continue to monitor the timing of the release and continue to make you aware as we learn new information.

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. We ask that all agencies strongly consider supporting this important undertaking through participation in the upcoming project solicitation.

User Priority: Sub-divide Funding by Project Category Update

In the last quarterly update (August 2020), the Task Force advised that Mayvue was authorized to draft a functional design specification (FDS) for the second-highest user priority enhancement (from the 2019 BrMUG meeting voting): Subdivide Funding by Project Category. This enhancement provides an agency with the ability to dedicate a certain portion of their funding to Preservation or Replacement project categories and those funds would be optimized in series. This workflow can currently be accomplished manually in BrM; however, the manual process requires several rounds of manual optimization. The Subdivide Funding by Project Category enhancement will fully automate the current manual, iterative process, resulting in significant time savings. 

The Task Force is pleased to announce that the Subdivide Funding by Project Category FDS was reviewed and approved in October 2020 and the functionality will be included in the BrM 6.5 project work plan which should be finalized in January 2021. 

The Task Force would like to thank the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) for donating service units to fund the development of this enhancement for inclusion in the core BrM product, benefiting all member agencies. The Task Force will provide a complete summary of the BrM version 6.5 work plan enhancements in the next quarterly update in the February 2021 timeframe.

2020 BrMUG Follow up

The Task Force would again like to thank all who participated and presented during the virtual 2020 BrMUG in September 2020. While we missed seeing everyone in person, the virtual meeting was a success and allowed for more technical presentations than in previous years, including an entire day of training focused on the Optimizer given by Zac Boyle of Mayvue.

The Task Force would like to remind everyone that video recordings of the BrMUG and speaker PowerPoint presentations are available on the AASHTOWare Bridge website here. If you would like a recording of the Optimizer Training session, please reach out to Mayvue separately for a link to this training. Due to proprietary reasons, we have not made this training publicly available.

Sincerely,
The AASHTOWare Bridge Task Force

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 Design, AASHTOWare Bridge Rating and AASHTOWare Bridge Design and Rating Version 6.8.4 Update

Maintenance Release 1 for AASHTOWare Bridge Design, AASHTOWare Bridge Rating and AASHTOWare Bridge Design and Rating Version 6.8.4 is available to download from the Downloads page.  Download the maintenance release that corresponds to the license that you have.  For licenses sponsored by agency, check with the agency before applying the maintenance release.

Please refer to the Readme file for installation instructions and the BrDR Support Service Desk (BSSD) issues that have been addressed in the maintenance release.

If you have questions about the maintenance release, contact us at BrDR@promiles.com.