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Bridge Standards Unit

Bridge Office Practice Manual

This manual is the predecessor to the current BDDM and BPPM. It is still referenced by portions of the BDDM and is also available for archive reference. 

Bridge Office Practices Manual (OPM)
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Bridge Pract. & Proced. Manual

This manual is adapted from the non-technical portions of the previous ODOT Bridge Office Practice Manual, September 2003. It primarily addresses internal office practices and procedures. 

Bridge Practices and Procedures Manual (BPPM), (this link goes to the ODOT ftp site) For ODOT Employees: internal links will only work after you have saved the pdf file to your local hard drive; internal links will NOTwork for Non-ODOT employees, please refer to disclaimer in introduction section of manual for more details. 
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Example Drawings  (FTP site of DGN bridge drawing examples for drafting different types of bridges)
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Technical Bulletins

Technical Bulletin Status- April 24, 2007 

Rescinded 11/14/06- Technical Bulletin BR 2005-01- Applicable AASHTO Bridge Design Specification for Permanent and Temporary Bridges. July 27, 2005 

Rescinded 11/14/06- Technical Bulletin BR06-01(B)- Bridge Document Standards and Process. April 12, 2006 
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Software Tools for Design

Files on ODOT FTP Server... 

Accelerated Bridge Construction files (Note: .net.framework is needed on computer to run program... 

ABC Decision Making Program 

Standard Bridge Rail Calculations (mathcad):
Summary of ODOT Standard Rail Capacities
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Bridge Scour Plans

For the local and state Bridge Scour Plans, ODOT FTP Server. 
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Standard Bridge Drawings

Standard Bridge Drawings are published on the ODOT Specifications Unit web pages and an Index of printable and downloadable Standard Drawings with a direct link for each drawing. 

Bridge Engineering Standard Drawing Series: 
File format 
The Bridge Standard Drawings and Bridge Standard Details are provided in the Acrobat Portable Document Format (.PDF) and MicroStation (. DGN) format. PDF's require the free Adobe Acrobat Reader software for viewing and printing.  (Adobe Acrobat Reader web site).  DGN's require MicroStation software to open. 
Opening and Saving files 
Generally bridge drawings are large files (mostly in the 200 KB to 800 KB range) that may take a long time to open via a modem.  If you encounter a blank white page, try clicking the Refresh or Reloadbutton.  Drawing files that are opened for viewing or printing by Acrobat Reader can be saved usingFile, Save As... from the menu.   Occasionally error messages appear when opening a drawing file.  You should be able to click on OK and ignore them. 
You can print a drawing directly from Acrobat Reader without saving the file.  If you have 11x17 printing capability, in the "Print" dialog, click the Properties or Setup button... and choose Paper Size as 11x17 and Orientation as Landscape.   For 8-1/2x11 printing (usually the default), in the "Print" dialog it is necessary to check the Shrink to Fit box (Acrobat version 3) or the Fit to Pagebox (Acrobat version 4 or higher). 
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ODOT Specifications

The 2015 Specifications are to be used in all ODOT project with a PS&E date on and after January 1, 2015.
Specific bridge-related specifications - 
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ODOT Research Reports

PDF files of ODOT Research Reports are available from ODOT's Transportation Development Branch Research Section
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