A bridge management software tool called 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, scheduled for delivery in 2004, will add flexibility in labeling and the ability to analyze the bridge network needs at specified performance targets. [Pontis Modeling Approach Overview Presentation]
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 Force.
Currently our effort includes working with our customers to implement Pontis Version 4.4. The FHWA offers a of a training course for the latest version of Pontis. The training will be designed to reach a diverse audience of individuals involved in bridge management, including those from bridge maintenance, inspection, planning and programming. More information about Pontis Bridge Management Course #134056A is available at the National Highway Institute (NHI) Homepage.
States and Actions - Pontis Bridge Management Newsletter and General Pontis Information.
The NBI Translator program is embedded in the Pontis software, and can convert the AASHTO CoRe Structural Elements information to the NBI condition codes, Items 58, 59, 60 and 62. The FHWA will accept the results of the translator into the National Bridge Inventory. Using the translator eliminates the need to perform dual inspections.