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SAMCO Final Report 2006 F09 Report on Bridge Management

Table 18. Condition rating in Poland

There is no catalogue of the defects approved for official use, so the evaluation of severity as well the influence on whole bridge safety must be done by experienced inspector. Every fatigue is documented with photocopy so consultants if necessary can reassess the defect. This documentation together with the whole structure report is being stored in the administrator archive to be used during next inspection.

This procedure is used in a matter of bridge constructions (bridges, viaducts, trestle bridges or footpath bridges) only. The other road structures are evaluated on behalf of inspector experience and knowledge in everyday practice. In special incidents, which usually means that the structure shows the first signs of poor behaviour (or even worse – calamity), research centres (technical universities or science institutes), which are not in the Polish Road Administration organisation, are asked to prepare the construction condition evaluation. This estimation is based on calculation and investigation but it is extraordinary practice.

The bridge management systems in Poland are CEDOM (road bridges) and SMOK (railway bridges). Both are elaborated by relevant administrations together with some leadings research centres in Poland. SMOK and CEDOM were created in the begin- ning of nineties, last century. Systems collect and process information regarding stock of structures, their location and ownership status as well as the condition of bridges.

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