Pontis Training: It's Interactive
Coming soon...an interactive Pontis training CD. The Pontis program, which
is part of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation
Officials' (AASHTO) BRIDGEWare line of software, can be used by highway
agencies to organize their bridge data and analyze complex engineering and
economic factors. The initial versions of Pontis were designed and
developed by FHWA in cooperation with the California Department of
Transportation, under a joint venture between Cambridge Systematics and
Optima. The most recent version, 4.1, was released in 2002.
|Pontis can be used by highway agencies to organize their bridge data.
The CD will serve as an introduction to Pontis for those not familiar with
the program and a refresher for those who have taken the National Highway
Institute (NHI) training course, Pontis Bridge Management (Course No.
134056A). The CD will include 2-D animation illustrating the principles of
the Pontis program and presentations featuring the Pontis user interface in
action. "This product will be a great marketing tool for Pontis," says
George Romack, FHWA's Senior Bridge Management Engineer. "We expect the CD to be
available this spring on the Asset Management Community of Practice Web site
[assetmanagement.transportation.org], which is sponsored
by AASHTO, with support from FHWA and the Transportation Research Board."
Since July 2002, nine NHI training sessions have been held
as part of FHWA's effort to promote the use of Pontis and its full
implementation by States. The 2 1/2-day course, developed by FHWA in
partnership with AASHTO, offers a hands-on learning experience.
Participants use the Pontis database and the program's analysis tools to
develop goals, strategies, and projects. Participants also learn about
performance measures and how the program's reporting capabilities can be
used to define goals and track results. The course is taught by engineers
from the FHWA Resource Centers and Office of Asset Management.
For more information about the forthcoming CD or the NHI training course, contact George Romack at FHWA, 202-366-4606 (email: firstname.lastname@example.org). To schedule the course, contact Danielle Mathis-Lee at NHI, 703-235-0528 (email: email@example.com). The Pontis license structure provides for several levels of technical support from the Pontis Support Center at 617-354-0167 (fax: 617-354-1542; email: firstname.lastname@example.org; Web: aashtoware.camsys.com). To obtain information on licensing Pontis, contact Angelique Williams at AASHTO, 202-624-5808 (email: email@example.com).
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