COST Action TU1406: main outcomes from the first training school


Matos, José C.

Roadway; Bridges; Performance; Indicators; Standardization

During the implementation of asset management strategies, maintenance actions are required inorder to retain assets at a desired performance level. In case of roadway bridges, specificperformance indicators are established for their components. These indicators can be qualitative orquantitative based, and they can be obtained during principal inspections, through visualexamination, non-destructive testing or temporary or permanent monitoring system. Then,obtained indicators are compared with performance goals, in order to evaluate if the quality controlplan is accomplished. It is verified that there is a large disparity in Europe regarding the way theseindicators are quantified and how such goals are specified. Therefore, COST Action TU1406 aims tobring together, for the first time, both research and practicing communities in order to acceleratethe establishment of a European guideline in this subject.