A critique of the “NCHRP Synthesis 397: Bridge Management System for transportation agencies Decision Making”

A critique of the “NCHRP Synthesis 397: Bridge Management System for transportation agencies Decision Making”

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During the period after the collapse of the I-35W BRIDGE in Minnesota, the National Cooperative Highway Reset Program(NCHRP) published a synthesis about bridge management system and decision making that need to be applied across the country. The collapse has awakened public and private agencies in charge so that they begun a new era characterized by paying much attention on their career. A synthesis made by The National Cooperative Highway Reset Program (NCHRP) and lead by Markow and Hyman showed programs and system that need to be put in place in order to reshape bridges management for the sake of program performance. The point at issue is to see why it were important to implement those programs and also analyze its content in order to see whether the report were informative enough to instruct the targeted people.
First, the United States is the first country worldwide to own a powerful transportation system the rest of the world takes as a model. This brought significant accomplishment on state level and nationwide and made sustainable development possible in United State. Second, this success is never a simple process but instead it is a result of a combination of many components in an engineering background that need to feet together in order to enable engineers to design such wonders (Ratay). Among those components the following seem to be the main pillars: good education in structural engineering, years or even decades of experience in analysis design, construction, testing, inspection, condition assessment and trouble shooting, an understanding of design construction processes, comprehension of legal implication, good communication skills, a knock of problem solving and positive attitude to teamwork (Ratay). By analyzi...


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... successful Design.
New York: First Vantage Books Edition.
Ratay, R. (2009). Forensic Structural Engineering Handbook.USA: Mc Graw-Hill Companies.



Main source
Markow, M.J & Hyman, W.A (2009). NCHRP Synthesis 397: Bridge Management System
for transportation agencies Decision Making. Washington D.C: Transportation
Research Board.
Other cited sources
Landis, B.A (2007). Studying Engineering: A Road Map to a Rewarding Career.
Los Angeles, CA: Discovery Press.
National Transportation Safety Board (2007, August 1). Highway Accident Report:
Collapse of I-35W Highway Bridge. Washington, D.C
Petroski, H. (1992, April).To Engineer is Human: The role of failure in successful Design.
New York: First Vantage Books Edition.
Ratay, R. (2009). Forensic Structural Engineering Handbook.USA: Mc Graw-Hill Companies.



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