The Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21), among other legislation, prompted U.S. state departments of transportation (DOTs) to change their bridge inspection and management procedures. Nevada DOT retained HDR to inspect its bridges statewide, recommend best practices, and implement software to improve the overall inspection process.
HDR collaborated with Bentley to enhance InspectTech for application in Nevada. The solution enables inspectors to access the system from the field via a secure connection, collect information on different parts of a bridge, merge data into a single report, and link inspection photos to their locations on each asset.
As Nevada DOT’s one-stop bridge information portal, InspectTech reduces inspection time by at least 30% and enhances safety by making bridge condition information immediately available. The system supports legislative changes affecting bridge inspection and management, including the need for greater performance measures and risk-based management. InspectTech helped NDOT obtain a “fully compliant” status in the Federal Highway Administration’s annual audit of 23 key metrics.
InspectTech not only makes inspections more efficient but also makes maintenance and safety data instantly available, reducing repair costs and enhancing safety. Simplified reporting and management task generation help to avoid the costly mistakes that happen when information is scattered across data silos. As a result, cost savings accrue to the state DOT.