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Registration is now open for the Bridges 2020 conference and workshop.  We are pleased to announce that Bridges 2020 will incorporate a post event workshop on Friday 13th March. 

Over 450 delegates attended Bridges 2019 - the leading event in the Bridges calendar. 

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 conference programme for Bridges 2020 will serve a wide variety of challenging case studies, cutting-edge technologies as well as the latest developments in bridge construction, inspection, maintenance and structural health monitoring. 

Highlights of the main conference programme include a presentation on the offshore mega project nearing completion in Reunion Island, 900km east of Madagascar. There have been several innovations during the construction of the 5.4km-long offshore viaduct that is part of the Nouvelle Rue du Littoral project, including the installation of massive precast sections as well as the specially designed scour-protection system.

Also back on the conference agenda will be the popular Pecha Kucha-style series of quick-fire presentations focussed on bridge innovations.

Post event workshop

The Grand Challenges New to Bridges 2020 is a day of workshops that are being organised in partnership with the Bridge Owners’ Forum. Maintaining the country’s crossings in a safe and serviceable state is of paramount importance for the surrounding communities as well as for the economic prosperity of the country as a whole. However, local authorities, bridge owners and bridge engineers are facing significant challenges that range from evolving transport demands and increasingly adverse climatic events to economic and environmental pressures.

During the Bridges 2020 Workshops the five Grand Challenges will be identified and some of the priority areas for development discussed in a series of themed sessions.  

Speakers include:

  • Sustainability and the carbon footprint: what can bridge engineers do?
    Lee Franck, Realtyimpact
  • Bridge maintenance
    John Collins, principal engineer, Roughan & O’Donovan
  • BD 54/15 Management of post-tensioned concrete bridges
    Donald Pearson Kirk, WSP
  • The world’s first biobridge
    Sjoerd Vrieswijk, Friesland Province, The Netherlands
  • 3D-printed bridges, longevity and sustainability
    Bart-Jan Van Der Graag, Royal HaskoningDHV
  • Introducing the Five Grand Challenges for bridge owners, including key facts and priority areas for development
    Richard Fish, Bridge Owners’ Forum
  • Design for operation and maintenance of steel bridges: best practice and worst culprits
    Andrew Hodgkinson, Hewson Consulting
  • Wool Old Bridge project: a model for historic reconstruction projects
    David Clegg and Richard Parfitt, Dorset County Council

2020 programme highlights include:    

  • Hear a wide variety of challenging UK focussed case studies and cutting-edge technologies  
  • What are the latest developments in bridge construction, inspection, maintenance and structural health monitoring?
  • Updates on Pecha Kucha innovation in bridge management
  • What technological innovations were used on the offshore mega project in Reunion Island, 900km east of Madagascar?
  • The world’s first biobridge currently at its final stages of construction in the Netherlands
  • Bridges 2020 showcases digital technologies that enable reduced costs through increased offsite manufacturing and faster construction
  • Participate in the post event workshop in partnership with the Bridge Owners Forum