John Bennetts

Associate, WSP

John is WSP’s structures asset management lead. His work sits at the intersection of civil engineering, data science and asset management. He is regularly commissioned to provide expert advice to infrastructure owners on the management of their structural assets at tactical and strategic levels.

He’s a chartered civil engineer with over ten years’ experience in the design and assessment of bridge structures and the development of associated DMRB standards. John has focused his career on the strategic asset management of structures including development of structures policy, decision support tools and lifecycle planning.

During his doctorate he studied how techniques from the systems, management and data science disciplines can be applied to transform infrastructure asset management. His doctorate included one of the biggest ever studies into the reliability of visual inspection data for bridges. He applied cutting-edge data science techniques to deliver new insights from National Highways on assets data.

My Speaker Sessions

Thursday 14 March 2024


Incorporating the Digital into Bridge Asset Management

14:00 - 15:00
  • The transition from paper based bridge asset management to Excel was considered to be a major breakthrough, when it occurred over 30 years ago.
  • With developments in computing power, digital twins and artificial intelligence, we should be in a utopia of digital asset management.
  • Unfortunately there are still horror stories of millions being wasted on clunky digital “solutions” are still occurring.
  • This workshop session will present an overview of the opportunities and challenges relating to the implementation of a digital bridge asset management system, asset owners experiences, introducing digital twin maturity levels, and examples of successful development and implementations of fit for purpose solutions using proprietary software packages.
  • The workshop will also have breakout sessions for the attendees to discuss and consider the different topics, with the aim to better understand the benefits of incorporating digital solutions within a bridge asset management context.