2019 Draft Programme

Registration and exhibition hall open at 8.30am
Programme starts at 9.25am
Programme concludes at 4.55pm

Provisional programme includes:

Bridge collapses – are we learning the lessons?
•    Causes of collapses this century
•    Historic collapses and how they have improved our understanding
•    Investigation examples – good and bad
•    Safeguards against preventing collapses – theory and practice
•    Reality check – capacity, capability and competence
Richard Fish,
independent consultant and technical secretary, Bridge Owners’ Forum

Making assets smart.
•    How can we create assets which monitor themselves, raise the alarm when necessary, and learn from their own data?
•    Structural health monitoring and condition & defects database
•    Automation, machine-learning and artifical intelligence.
Ewan Angus,
major bridges director – Forth Bridges, Amey.

Structures standards - an update on the DMRB review.
•    Future Design Manual for Roads & Bridges: vision, practical implications, benefits, work programme.
•    Manual of Contract Documents for Highway Works review: consultation, key findings, next steps.
•    Structures standards – an update.
Neil Loudon –
Structures Group Manager, Highways England

Stream A (Main room)

Pecha Kucha innovation in bridge management.
 A series of timed presentations showcasing innovations from conference sponsors and exhibitors.
•    Reviewed and curated by a panel of independent bridge experts.
Keith Harwood,
head of profession - bridges & structures, Hertfordshire County Council.

The Bridge Inspector Certification Scheme – dispelling the myths.
 Developments of the scheme
•    How to prepare evidence
•    The key topics explained
Graham Cole,
independent consultant and lead BICS assessor.

Stream B (small room)

Bridge strike management & prevention; education, enablement, engineering & enforcement.
The consequences of bridge strikes
•    Why do bridge strikes occur and what can be done to reduce the frequency?
•    The role of the Bridge Strike Prevention Group
•    Network Rail initiative: Education, Engineering, Enablement & Enforcement.
Mark Wheel,
senior engineer (structures), Network Rail

Photogrammetry for masonry condition recording and inspection.
Hamish Harvey, Bill Harvey Associates

Advanced sensors and modelling for next-generation bridge management.
concept and     description of low cost acceleration sensing system
•    data collected from bridges in the field and results of data interpretation
•    conclusions and recommendations for future work
David Hester, Queens University Belfast.     

Stream A (main room)

The importance of bridge inspections – we don’t know what we don’t know!
 ‘Things aren’t always what they seem’ – a brief case study of a serious problem uncovered during a Principal Inspection
•    Review of the 2018 RAC Foundation survey into local authority inspections
•    The current position with post-tensioned bridges managed by local authorities
Kevin Dentith,
chief engineer (bridges & structures), Devon County Council

The safeguarding and strengthening of Exe Viaduct.
Exe Viaduct is an existing structure that carries the M5 over the River Exe, east of Exeter. It is 692m long, composed of two independent externally post tensioned concrete box girders. In 2016 during an inspection, a number of post-tensioning strands were found to have broken. Further investigations found significant defects. What followed was a series of safeguarding works, weight restrictions, and finally strengthening. The presentation will detail the investigations, decisions and works undertaken from 2016 to 2018.
Mark Maynard,
structures team leader for Highways England in Bristol and Frederic Turlier, technical director of VSL UK.

Stream B

Assuring the whole-life safety of bridge infrastructure.
   how can the industry reduce the prospect of future infrastructure failures
•    benefits of the Confidential Reporting on Structural Safety scheme
•    examples of CROSS reports related to bridges
Dr Paul McNulty,
senior engineer, Structural Safety.

Ormskirk is having identical twins; new FRP footbridges for Lancashire town.
   Design development and structure/material option selection
•    Best practice procurement
•    Collaboration and early supplier engagement
•    FRP footbridge dynamics and testing
Dr Lee Canning,
technical director, Jacobs and Martin Halpin, innovation & development manager, APB Group
Martin Halpin
, innovation & development manager, APB Group

From sketch to site in under a year – the need for integrated BIM design.
 How a quality driven procurement challenges contractors to innovative bids
•    A unique hybrid and geometrically-complex design; the need for an integrated design approach based on BIM
•    Using new techniques to bring BIM to the construction site; augmented reality tools for visualising the design on site
Rick Lormans, project manager, Dura Vermeer Infra
Thijs van Roosbroeck
, partner, Ney & Partners


If you would like to find out more about opportunities for participation, please contact Lisa Bentley today l.bentley@hgluk.com or call +44 (0) 20 7973 4698 and we will be in touch.

"Again the Bridges conference gave a great opportunity to network with colleagues across the profession and attend presentations from industry leaders" 
Principal Structure Engineer, Staffordshire County Council