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Bridge Assessment: A comparison of approaches by bridge engineers and the Performance Based Standards Scheme
This document describes the discrepancy between the tiers of bridge assessment documented in the Heavy Vehicle National Law’s Performance Based Standards (PBS) scheme and the tiers of assessment Austroads bridge engineers adopt when conducting…
Higher Order Bridge Assessment in Australia
This report documents the options and methodologies available to conduct higher order assessments of existing bridges which are encouraged by but not currently defined by the new AS 5100.7. This was achieved by investigating the current…
Webinar: Geopolymer Concrete and its Applications
This webinar, presented on 1 May 2018, outlines the findings of an Austroads geopolymer concrete project and a current update of the use, monitoring and specification of geopolymer concrete by VicRoads over the past nine years. The webinar was…
Implementation of a Nationally Consistent Framework for the Assessment of Bridges in Australia
This report extends on the work previously conducted by Austroads in investigating the development and implementation of a national automated bridge assessment framework. The work outlines the ongoing validation works and recommends a set of…
Guide to Bridge Technology Part 6: Bridge Construction
To ensure that bridges are properly constructed in accordance with the design drawings and specifications, engineers need to be well-informed on all aspects of their design and construction, including awareness of the problems that may arise and the…
Specification and Use of Geopolymer Concrete in the Manufacture of Structural and Non-Structural Components: Experimental Work

This report details the experimental phase of an Austroads project to review the specifications and use of geopolymer concrete. The findings indicate that acceptable grades of structural geopolymer concrete can be made for field applications.

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Fabrication and Erection of Structural Steelwork - The New AS/NZS 5131 and Engineers Risk Mitigation
This paper examines the initiative by the Australian Steel Institute to underwrite development of the new Australian Standard AS/NZS 5131 ‘Structural Steelwork – Fabrication and Erection’, the new ‘National Structural Steelwork Specification (NSSS)…
Galvanic Protection of Steel
  • ABC2017-106-17
  • 26 Apr 2017
  • Bridges
Across the globe, a huge sum is spent each year in maintaining and protecting steel infrastructure assets against corrosion. Most of the steel assets are protected using protective coatings or coating systems.
Management of Heavy Vehicle Access to Bridges
Australia has regularly reviewed access to the road and bridge network with a view to increasing transport productivity. The current access regime for heavy vehicles has evolved over time with access now controlled by a range of regulations, notices,…
The Challenges Faced in Assessing the Durability Risks of Reinforced Concrete Bridges in Aggressive Environments
Durability assessment is increasingly becoming an integral part of infrastructure design projects in Australia. One of the key drivers for this is the requirement by asset owners for optimum whole of life cost, minimum construction period and…