ASSET MANAGEMENT SYSTEM:
Now being implemented by Government of India through Ministry of Road, Transport and Highways as Indian Bridge Management System.
Indian Bridge Management System (IBMS) is a National Bridge Management System that creates an inventory of all Bridge assets in our country and applies a technical
logic to manage the asset during its life cycle. It generates detailed inventory data and ratings of all bridges every year on bi-annual basis to ensure that the dynamics of
deterioration process are captured and attended to. This follows the dual principle of STICH IN TIME SAVES NINE and FIRST REPAIR WORST DAMAGE (FRWD).
IBMS was conceptualized in the form of IRC SP 35 way back in 1993 as a guideline to implement a bridge management system. Our Director Mr. Sachin Joshi has been
working on the research of compilation of complete manual for implementation of Bridge management system for the past 10 years and the same was published in July 2014 as Bridge
Asset Management Program (BAMP) at a round table held at Institute of Engineers Mumbai. The copyright for the same is with Mr. Sachin Joshi. Today's IBMS draws its inspiration
from the same document. IBMS has been developed indigenously and is being implemented by MORTH. Shri Nitin Gadkariji Minister for Road, Transport & Highways was presented with
this concept in August 2015. The Minister announced the same in the E-Year book 2015-16.
Development of the system posed its own challenge as the system to manage asset had to be developed in a manner where the field studies could be conducted with
minimum effort and in which maximum details could be collected. The volume of the database was also posing a challenge; it is anticipated that the overall data base will consist
of over 150,000 culverts and bridge data. This is a huge volume to handle for a management platform. No other platform in the world has this size of database. Most platforms
handle about few thousand bridges. The bridges had to given a unique identity number which was the first step of inventory creation. Then their precise location details in form of
Latitude and Longitude had to be collected in an Auto mode using the Ground Positioning system. Once these details are collected, the engineering properties of the bridge design,
material and other technical details of the bridge are being collected. These are essential components of inventory collection process. On completion of inventory data, the
structural component rating is done using a 0 to 9 scale to define the status of various bridge components like Foundation, Piers, Super structure, Deck, Scour rating, waterway
adequacy, structural status and also Socio- Economic parameter which decide the importance of the bridge in relation to its contribution to daily social and economic activity of
the area in its immediate vicinity.