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A Computer-Aided Conceptual Cost Estimating System for Pre-Stressed Concrete Road Bridges


  • Nikolaos Fragkakis

    (National Technical University of Athens, Athens, Greece)

  • Sergios Lambropoulos

    (National Technical University of Athens, Athens, Greece)

  • John-Paris Pantouvakis

    (National Technical University of Athens, Athens, Greece)


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.

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  • Nikolaos Fragkakis & Sergios Lambropoulos & John-Paris Pantouvakis, 2014. "A Computer-Aided Conceptual Cost Estimating System for Pre-Stressed Concrete Road Bridges," International Journal of Information Technology Project Management (IJITPM), IGI Global, vol. 5(1), pages 1-13, January.
  • Handle: RePEc:igg:jitpm0:v:5:y:2014:i:1:p:1-13

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