Rapid Assessment Tool

The Strategic Local Government Asset Assessment Project (SLGAAP) commissioned the Australian Road Research Board (ARRB) to develop a Rapid Assessment Tool (RAT) for bridges and culverts. This prototype tool provides an equivalent outcome to a Tier 1 Asset Assessment, comparing a reference vehicle to the specific vehicle configuration requesting access. Not only does the tool deliver a value-for-money assessment, it also provides a result within minutes that can be used as an input for heavy vehicle access decisions. The intention is for this tool to be available to both industry (applying for heavy vehicle access) and road managers (assessing heavy vehicle access) via the NHVR Portal in the 2021/22 financial year.