450+ delegates - See who attended Bridges 2019


Over 450 delegates attended Bridges 2019 - the leading event in the Bridges calendar. We would like to thank all our sponsors, exhibitors, partners and participating delegates for making the Bridges conference and sold out exhibition such a great success. 

Date for your Diary - Bridges 2020, The Ricoh Arena, 12 March 2020.  Click here to add the event to your outlook calendar.  You can also view the 2019 photo gallery.

For 27 years, the Bridges conference has driven technical knowledge, debate and discussion at the heart of Europe's bridge community.

The 2019 conference delivered up-to-date information through a number of technical sessions and case studies. The annual event brought together some of the sharpest minds in the bridge sector to debate and discuss all the latest challenges and opportunities for bridge engineers and managers.

With recent shocking events in the bridge industry, the issues of safety and the importance of effective inspection and maintenance regimes were high on the agenda, alongside a timely consideration of the impact that new developments in data management and machine learning are likely to have on the industry in the near future.

2019 Speakers included:

* Richard Fish, Bridge Owners’ Forum * Ewan Angus, Amey * Neil Loudon, Highways England * Keith Harwood, Hertfordshire County Council * Kevin Dentith, Devon County Council * Graham Cole, Independent Consultant and Lead BICS Assessor * Dr Lee Canning, Jacobs * Martin Halpin, APB Group * Mark Wheel, Network Rail * Mark Maynard, Highways England * Frederic Turlier, VSL UK * Hamish Harvey, Bill Harvey Associates * David Hester, Queens University Belfast * Rick Lormans, Dura Vermeer Infra * Thijs van Roosbroeck, Ney & Partners * Jason Worrall, Taziker Industrial * Ed Morton, Ed Morton Partnership, Dr Paul McNulty, Structural Safety

Finalised 2019 programme highlights included:    

  • Bridge collapses – inevitable or unacceptable? Learning lessons from catastrophe 
  • Structures standards – an update on the DMRB review
  • Pecha Kucha innovation in bridge management
  • Bridge Inspector Certification Scheme – an update on its introduction
  • Photogrammetry for masonry condition recording and inspection
  • Advanced sensors and modelling for next-generation bridge management
  • Suicide prevention and the role of bridge engineering
  • The importance of bridge inspections – we don’t know what we don’t know!
  • Assuring the whole-life safety of bridge infrastructure
  • The conservation of the world-famous Iron Bridge in Telford 


2019 Exhibitors included 

Download the Bridges 2019 onsite brochure for your programme, speaker and exhibitor details