The weBridge software, together with the regulations, the Numerical Evaluation Method (NEM) and the Manuale per la Valutazione dello Stato dei Ponti (Bridge Inspection Handbook), is one of the cornerstones for a comprehensive automated bridge management system.
The weBridge structure management software, based on the Citrix platform, can be accessed from any Internet-enabled device.
This recent development allows Administrations that use the Bridge Method to store their own data securely on protected 4 EMME Service S.p.A. servers, which are backed-up daily.
Through an intuitive interface, the home screen offers users search functionality with which to access the data of every single asset. Having called up an asset, which is reflected in the main photographs, the software displays all the information needed to perform the check, including the key data, kilometric data, structure length and type, as well as the values recorded following inspections, statutory expiry dates and upcoming scheduled inspections.
Archive data can be accessed by clicking on the icons. The identification screen displays detailed information about the asset, including the owner, concessionaire, the name and the obstacle crossed (bridges), as well as specifications of the construction elements, including foundations, abutments, arches or girders, joints, supports, etc.
An important feature of the weBridge software is that it provides Administrations with the necessary information to monitor its infrastructure assets, including statutory test validity expiry dates and deadlines imposed by technicians for upcoming inspections, as well as the regulations category applicable to each bridge.
With the Exceptional Loads module of the weBridge software, you can ascertain whether a special vehicle can use a certain road or railway line that features a number of bridges.
For administrations that are responsible for the care and upkeep of numerous prized infrastructure assets, exceptional loads are a cause for concern, both in terms of road safety as well as preserving the infrastructure asset in question, particularly those structures that have been designed with different loads and regulations over the years.
The computerised assessment of exceptional transport uses an automatic calculation process to analyse the maximum shear stress and bending moment acting on a structure, to compare them with the legal requirements. It also assesses all obstacles on a road or railway line, including narrow roads, height restrictions and radius of curvature, etc.
The system uses Google Maps to identify the bridges along the route for which exceptional loads require authorisation. Bridges on the route are marked by a coloured “drop” icon so that potential obstacles arising from the stress analysis when compared to legal requirements can be identified at a glance.
Example route of an oversize load
Check of the bridges along the route