How many municipal bridges are there in Manitoba? That is the million dollar question – well, not exactly a million dollars, but it is the question Pier Solutions is setting out to answer in the year 2020.
Pier Solutions is developing Manitoba's first municipal bridge and large culvert inventory (i.e. culverts greater than 3 m). The data collected
pertains to the location, geometry, materials and roadway type of bridges and large culverts. This inventory will allow Pier Solutions to support all levels of government in understanding appropriate levels of investments necessary to address Manitoba’s municipal bridge deficit. The data could also guide strategic infrastructure investments. (Note: Pier Solutions is undertaking this project without external financial support.)
Inventories are the first step to developing bridge management systems (i.e. asset management systems for bridges). It is interesting to note that Manitoba is surrounded by provinces and states where all local authorities utilize bridge inventories to inform investments. Potentially, this is an issue if Manitoba municipalities want to adequately address their bridge deficit.
This is a unique opportunity for Pier Solutions to provide work experience for students, during a time when work is difficult to find.
Pier Solutions is proposing to complete this project in 2020. This will include collecting, analyzing and reporting the data, providing an overview of the status of municipal bridges and large culverts.
Please do not hesitate to call or email Jeana if you would like to discuss this project: 204-998-7970 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Sending us a map of your bridges and large culverts will support the timely completion of this project.