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More about AASHTO Bridge Management

A bridge management software tool called AASHTOware Bridge Management1 (formerly known as Pontis) was developed under an FHWA contract with Cambridge Systematics and Optima, Inc. during the early 1990's. California DOT assisted in the development of the project. There were two DOS versions of the software furnished to the States in 1992 and 1993 respectively. In 1994, AASHTO incorporated the Pontis program into the AASHTOWARE program (this site is for Pontis licensees and requires a password from AASHTO to access information) and the first windows version was released as Pontis 3.0 during 1995, and version 3.4 during 1998. Pontis Version 4.0 and 4.1 were released in 2001 and 2002 respectively. Pontis 4.2 and 4.3 were issued to the licensees in 2003. Pontis now includes multimedia capability, supporting links to photos and drawings, entering data in either metric or English units, enhanced security, and the FHWA edit update program. Pontis Version 4.4, added flexibility in labeling and the ability to analyze the bridge network needs at specified performance targets.

Pontis is a bridge management software tool. It is a data application relying on collected cost data and condition data of bridge elements (beams, piers, railings, etc.). This data is analyzed to arrive at least cost (optimal) long term preservation and improvement policies for a network of bridges. The Pontis program development has been guided by a special AASHTOWare Task Force2 as well as Pontis Users2.

Pontis 5.1.2 improves the utility of agencies' bridge inspection data and lays the groundwork for the next generation of AASHTO's Bridge Management software requirements by ensuring data is in the correct format. Pontis 5.1.2 prepares agencies' inventory data for multi-objective, risk assessment, trade-off analysis, and deterioration modeling tools in Pontis 5.2 (that is under development).

For more information on AASHTOware refer to the AASHTOware Newsletter and General AASHTOware Bridge Management Information that is available at: http://aashtobr.org/attachments/File/AASHTO-NEWSLETTER_-_JUNE2012-DNB_-_FINAL.PDF. (.pdf, 2 mb)


  1. http://www.aashtoware.org/Bridge/Pages/Management.aspx?PID=2
  2. http://www.pontisusergroup.org/taskForce.aspx
  3. http://www.pontisusergroup.org/
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Updated: 06/19/2013
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