A computer-aided conceptual cost estimating system for pre- stressed concrete road bridges

Nikolaos Fragkakis, Sergios Lambropoulos, John Paris Pantouvakis

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The need for an environmentally friendly design of modern motorways increases the construction of bridges, which has exhibited substantial overruns above estimated costs. Therefore, easy to use, inexpensive and accurate methods for conceptual cost estimating are needed. This paper presents a computer-aided cost estimating system for pre-stressed concrete road bridges that provides estimates of the material quantities and cost of all bridge elements. It relies on a database incorporating actual data collected from recently constructed bridges and exploits material estimating models developed with statistical analysis. Different configurations are devised from short to long-span bridges, accounting for the major deck construction methods and foundation systems. The system can be easily used to provide different cost estimates to the owner, designer and contractor during the project's early stages. By allowing reliable cost estimates in a short time, the proposed computer-aided system represents a useful decision making tool.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCivil and Environmental Engineering: Concepts, Methodologies, Tools, and Applications
PublisherIGI Global
Number of pages13
ISBN (Electronic)9781466696204
ISBN (Print)1466696192, 9781466696198
Publication statusPublished - Jan 31 2016
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering(all)
  • Environmental Science(all)


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