Identification mapping and evaluation of timber bridges in the Wide Bay District

Barney, Debra Kaye (2004) Identification mapping and evaluation of timber bridges in the Wide Bay District. [USQ Project] (Unpublished)

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Main Roads bridge stocks are crucial components of Queensland's state-controlled road network. Any deficiency in or failure of a bridge may have serious consequences for the safety of people and property and can restrict, or prevent, the traffic flow over a large part of the road network. The Wide Bay District is responsible for 2000 kilometres of state-controlled roads and 193 bridge crossings over both streams and railway lines. The district presently has 99 timber bridge crossings and this is the highest number of timber bridges for any Main Roads district in the state. The study area chosen for this project was the local government authority of Kilkivan Shire that has 21 timber bridge crossings. Managing the data associated with timber bridges is a complex task ideally suited to a computerised system. The risk based asset management objectives of Main Roads can be met by the outcomes from computer storage and the manipulation of data. It is important that relevant district staff have easy access to the latest timber bridge inspection and analysis data and information. It is unreasonable to expect these staff to be proficient in using all the various computer systems and software that provide this data and information. The development of the geographically based Timber Bridge Information System has achieved an improvement in the effective management of the timber bridge data and information required for planning and decision-making in the Wide Bay District. The user-friendly interface of the Timber Bridge Information System will allow the non-specialist GIS users to access, view, use and interrogate spatial and non-spatial information. The GIS interface will also provide the tools infrastructure managers need to map, analyse, plan and deal with the complexity of the issues involved in upgrading, replacing and maintaining the district's timber bridge structures. The future deliverables of the Timber Bridge Information System will include enhancement to the existing system to keep providing a simple, automated process for data management, data analysis and data visualisation in order to keep meeting the risk based asset management strategies of the Wide Bay District and Main Roads.


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Item Type: USQ Project
Refereed: No
Item Status: Live Archive
Depositing User: epEditor USQ
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Engineering and Surveying - Department of Surveying and Land Information
Date Deposited: 11 Oct 2007 00:12
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2013 22:30
Uncontrolled Keywords: bridges, timber bridge information system, Geographic Information System (GIS), Wide Bay District
Fields of Research (FOR2008): 09 Engineering > 0909 Geomatic Engineering > 090903 Geospatial Information Systems
09 Engineering > 0909 Geomatic Engineering > 090901 Cartography
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/44

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