2018 Programme

8.30 - 9.25

Coffee, Registration, Exhibition

9.25 - 9.30


Speakers :
Adrian Tatum, Transport Network

9.30 - 10.00

Digital engineering to design, build, operate & maintain

Speakers :
Cam Middleton, Professor of Construction Engineering, Bridge Owners Forum (BOF) and University of Cambridge

10.00 - 10.25

Addressing innovation risk in a public authority context - a case in point; FRP in bridges

Speakers :
Remco Renting, senior project manager, Groeningen Province, The Netherlands

10.25 - 10.50

Virtual and remote inspection methods for bridges

  • UAV for inspection – an alternative to the traditional way of doing inspection
  • Data management – handling of large data sets from previous, current and future inspection
  • Innovative solutions – from autonomous flight to machine learning

Speakers :
Jesper Falk, market director & head of section, Cowi
Finn Raun Gottfredsen, project director, operations & maintenance, Cowi

10.50 - 11.20

Coffee, Exhibition

Stream A

11.20 - 12.10

Stream A

Innovation in bridge engineering – a Pecha Kucha of recent examples

  • Bridge management
  • Optimal maintenance strategies
  • Long term funding requirements

Speakers :
Keith Harwood, head of profession - bridges and structures, Adept/BOF

Stream A

12.10 - 12.35

Stream A

Ensuring steel bridges are competitive - efficient design, specification and construction

  • Best practice in writing steel specifications
  • Detailing for construction, durability and maintenance
  • Designing for maximum structural efficiency

Speakers :
Chris Hendy, technical director transportation, Atkins

Stream B

11.20 - 11.45

Stream B

The Skytrain cable-stayed bridge, Sydney Metro

  • Cable-stayed bridge
  • Erection methodologies
  • Value engineering

Speakers :
Chair - Richard Fish, independent consultant, technical secretary, Bridge Owners’ Forum
Sam Khan, director for bridges, Rendel

Stream B

11.45 - 12.10

Stream B

The secrets of Middleton Road Bridge - a detective story

  • Using Inspections, investigations and analysis together to fully diagnose the bridge defects
  • Understanding and controlling how the bridge moves
  • The re-design of the half joints and the central reserve to improve durability

Speakers :
Peter Clapham, associate, WSP

12.10 - 12.35

'Probably the best BCI in the world’: understanding PFI structures performance standards

  • Isle of Wight Highways PFI
  • Bridge Condition Index – Stock Modelling
  • BCI Improvement Scheme Case Studies

Speakers :
Joanne Huett, structures project manager, Ringway Island Roads
Ian Hodson, structures manager, Ringway Island Roads

12.35 - 13.55


Stream A

13.55 - 14.20

Stream A

Scour and hydrodynamic effects due to debris blockage at masonry bridges

  • A brief description of the laboratory experiments and numerical modelling that have been undertaken to understand the influence of debris on flow characteristics
  • Results illustrating influence of the elevation of debris relative to flow depth and the flow angle of attack on scour around masonry bridge piers
  • Comparison of research findings with existing approaches for predicting scour due to debris blockage, and a few recommendations for practice

Speakers :
Dr Prakash Kripakaran, senior lecturer, Exeter University

Stream A

14.20 -14.45

Stream A

Seeking out scour quickly and safely - trialling a new bridge inspection system in Cumbria

  • Overview of rainfall, river flow and bridge damage
  • Typical Case Studies of damage, back analysis and repair
  • Recommendations for maintenance, monitoring and emergency preparedness

Speakers :
Martin Hardman, bridges & structures manager, Cumbria County Council
Jenny Roberts, senior project manager, Gaist

Stream A

14.45 - 15.10

Stream A

Linton Bridge; from reactive modelling to proactive monitoring

  • Structural asset inspection
  • Integrated above and below water survey
  • Real-time monitoring

Speakers :
Tom Card, specialist survey manager, LandScope Engineering

Stream B

13.55 - 14.20

Stream B

Aerodynamic performance of the new Tintagel Footbridge

  • Bridge aerodynamics
  • Wind engineering
  • Designing for extreme climates 

Speakers :
Ender Ozkan, principal & regional manager, RWDI

Stream B

14.20 - 14.45

Stream B

The gravity-defying footbridge - improvements to Countess Wear Bridge in Exeter

  • Heritage, Flooding, Pollution and Traffic Jams; choosing the structural form
  • Sleight of Hand; designing for the past, present and future 
  • Site unseen; constructing details and hiding them

Speakers :
Luke Walker, senior engineer, Devon County Council
Matt Greenhalgh, Taziker Industrial

Stream B

14.45 - 15.10

Stream B

Bridges and climate change – carbon footprint and resilience

  • Climate change, carbon footprint and resilience

Speakers :
David Collings, technical director, Arcadis

15.10 - 15.40

Tea, Exhibition

15.40 - 16.05

Management of safety critical fixings – new CIRIA guidance

  • What is a safety critical fixing
  • New process to manage safety critical fixings (inspection, maintenance and repair)
  • Implications for design of safety critical fixings

Speakers :
Stephen Pottle, highways sector lead, WSP
Neil Loudon, head of structures policy, Highways England

16.05 - 16.30

Making composite bridges more sustainable - the advent of biocomposites

  • Bio-Composites
  • Moveable Bridges
  • Collaboration

Speakers :
Martin Halpin, innovation and development manager - UK and Ireland, Delft Infra Composites

16.05 - 16.55

Printed bridges - gimmick or game-changer?

  • 3D printing
  • 3D printed pedestrian bridge in The Netherlands

Speakers :
Theo Salet, professor structures design of concrete structures, Eindhoven University of Technology


Closing remarks and close of conference

Bridges 2018 exhibitors include