Center for the Aging Infrastructure: Steel Bridge Research, Inspection, Training and Education Engineering Center - SBRITE

The objective is to develop the Steel Bridge Research, Inspection, Training, and Education Engineering Center (S-BRITE) focused on existing steel highway bridges. This National Center will be the first of its kind and will become the leading education, training, research, and engineering center related to all aspects affecting the existing aging steel bridge and structure inventory. Although the Center will be focused on highway bridges, it will also support stakeholders of steel railroad bridges as well as steel ancillary structures, such as lighting towers and sign supports. The Center will contribute to improved asset management decisions for Departments of Transportation's (DOTs,) Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), and other partners relative to existing steel bridge inventory. This impact will be realized by ensuring existence of the following: (1) High quality inspection data; (2) Advanced predictive models; (3) Improved management decisions; and (4) Timely and effective execution. This will be accomplished by providing solutions to the following: (a) inspection reliability issues; (b) inadequate technical expertise; (c) training and education opportunities for students and professionals; and (d) short-term and long-term research needs. Once the center is successfully operational, other materials and systems, such as concrete, prestressed, and post-tensioned structures may be added.


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  • Accession Number: 01567112
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Federal Highway Administration
  • Contract Numbers: TPF-5(281)
  • Created Date: Jun 24 2015 1:01AM