Union Government Launched Indian Bridge Management System
- On October 4, 2016, the Indian Bridge Management System (IBMS) was launched to create an inventory of all bridges in the country and rate their structural condition so that timely repair and rehabilitation work can be carried out based on the criticality of the structure.
- IBMS is the largest platform in the world owned by a single owner,with database that could exceed 150000 bridge structures. So far 115000 bridges have been inventorized, of which 85000 are culverts and the rest are bridges.
- During inventory creation each bridge is assigned a unique identification number or National Identity Number based on the State, RTO zone and whether it is situated on an National Highway, State Highway or is a district road.
- Then the precise location of the bridge in terms of latitude-longitude is collected through GPS and based on this, the bridge is assigned a Bridge Location Number.
- Thereafter, engineering characteristics like the design, materials, type of bridge, its age, loading, traffic lane, length, width of carriage way etc are collected and are used to assign a Bridge Classification Number to the structure.
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