2020 Programme

8:30 - 9.10

Registration and exhibition hall open

9:10 - 9.15

Introduction from chair

Speakers :
Jose Maria Sanchez de Muniain, Editor, Bridge design & engineering

9.15 - 9.50

Keynote 1: Sustainability and the carbon footprint: what can bridge engineers do?

• The magnitude of the structural engineer’s impact in the current climate crisis
• Is being structurally efficient enough? How ‘business as usual’ is no longer an appropriate response
• Widening the picture: a framework of questions and considerations at different stages of the design and construction process
• The bridge engineer of the future

Speakers :
Lee Franck, Chartered Structural Engineer and Founder, RealtyImpact
David Knight, Chartered structural engineer , Cake Industries

9.50 - 10.25

Nouvelle Route du Littoral, building France's longest offshore viaduct in the Indian Ocean

Speakers :
Francis Guinchard, Vinci Construction Grands Projets

10.25 - 10.50

Bridge Scour Assessments – focussing on debris-induced scour at bridge piers: applications and case studies

  • Debris accumulations at bridges may exacerbate scour depth
  • A methodology based on experimental studies estimates size of debris and effects on scour
  • Applications of the methodology show that scour risk can be significantly increased
  • Low risk sites can be identified to reduce need for post-flood inspections

Speakers :
Kevin Dentith, Chairman ADEPT Bridges Group and Bridge Owner's Forum, Chief Engineer (Bridges & Structures) Devon County Council
Dr Diego Panici, Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Exeter

10.50 - 11.20

Morning Coffee break & Exhibition Viewing

Stream A

11.20 - 12.10

Stream A

Pecha Kucha innovation in bridge management

  • A series of timed presentations showcasing innovations from conference sponsors and exhibitors as well as local authorities
  • Reviewed and curated by a panel of independent bridge experts

Speakers :
Keith Harwood, Head of Profession - Bridges and Structures, Hertfordshire County Council

Stream A

12.10 - 12.35

Stream A

A SAVI tool for bridge decision-making

  • The Structures Asset Valuation and Investment support tool is a multi-functional, condition-based decision support tool that facilitates effective management of local authority bridge stock and provides short-term plans, long-term analysis (120 years) of funding, risk and condition
  • SAVI supports strategic priorities and models whole life cost against performance
  • SAVI is freely available via UKRLG and CIPFA

Speakers :
Keith Harwood, Head of Profession - Bridges and Structures, Hertfordshire County Council
Michael Smith, Infrastructure Advisory, Arup

Stream B

11.20 - 11.45

Stream B

Identification and management of high-risk post-tensioned bridges – the benefits of BD 54/15

  • Unexpected deterioration of post-tensioned concrete structures is a major concern, with inadequate design detailing and construction practices contributing to the deterioration of certain post-tensioned elements
  • Safety critical defects in post-tensioned concrete are typically hidden and deterioration can progress with no outward signs of distress right up to the point of structural failure
  • BD 54/15 Management of post-tensioned concrete bridges details a process of risk review, risk assessment and risk management and identifies activities that may be needed for the successful risk management of those bridges
  • Case studies will demonstrate the improved processes of identifying high risk post-tensioned bridges, prioritising them for any further needed works and the resulting benefits

Speakers :
Dr Donald Pearson Kirk, Technical Director, WSP

Stream B

11.45 - 12.10

Stream B

ICE Proceedings Bridge Engineering: understanding maintenance

  • Common themes in papers and case studies published in a special issue on bridge maintenance by ICE Proceedings Bridge Engineering are revealed
  • What does the research show about current practice and the role of all parties in designing, constructing and maintaining bridges?

Speakers :
John Collins, Principal Engineer, Roughan O'Donovan

Stream B

12.10 - 12.35

Stream B

Design for operation and maintenance of steel bridges: best practice and worst culprits

  • The bridge operation and maintenance issues that are causing owners the greatest problems have been highlighted by recent industry surveys by the SCI’s Steel Bridges Group
  • Excellent guidance is already available from the SCI on the subject – and more is to come
  • What measures can be taken in preparing new steel bridge designs to minimise the costs to owners of future operation and maintenance?

Speakers :
Andrew Hodgkinson, Director, Hewson Consulting Engineers

12.35 - 13.55


13.55 - 14.20

Managing our bridges: the Grand Challenges

  • The Bridge Owners Forum and bridge management
  • The problems facing bridge owners
  • The Grand Challenges
  • The need for change
  • Raising awareness

Speakers :
Richard Fish, Technical Secretary, Bridge Owners’ Forum

Stream A

14.20 - 14.45

Stream A

Building the biobridge – a journey into the unknown world of large-scale infrastructure using bio-based materials

• Engineers, manufacturers, contractors and academics have together successfully constructed a bridge that combines flax fibres and a bio-based resin
• Continuing the journey of using more bio-based materials – all are welcome to join
• Implementation of a multi-project infrastructural programme to enable Friesland Province become a leading European development region in the circular economy in 2025

Speakers :
Sjoerd Vrieswijk, Friesland Province
Ir Rinze Herrema, Lead Engineer and Business Unit Manager, Infrastructural Engineering, Witteveen +Bos

Stream A

14:45 - 15.10

Stream A

Ouse Bridge - the bearings that would not move!

  • A 1.34km multi-girder steel-concrete viaduct carrying the M62 up to 30m above the river
  • The original design made no provision for jacking or temporary support of the superstructure
  • Following a series of inspections all bearings were recommended for replacement in 2001
  • Further deterioration resulted in thermal movement of the deck being accommodated by flexure of the reinforced concrete piers
  • Following two unsuccessful replacement attempts, the current scheme is now nearing completion
  • The presentation will cover the Jacobs designed replacement scheme, installation of a permanent jacking solution and the key challenges faced

Speakers :
Andy Davison,, Technical Director, Jacobs
Martyn Bentham, Technical Director, Jacobs

Stream B

13.55 - 14.20

Stream B

Inspections: the good, the bad and the ugly

  • Inspections in Transport Scotland
  • Could do better?
  • Data to decisions
  • Future developments

Speakers :
Hazel McDonald, Chief Bridge Engineer, Transport Scotland

Stream B

14.20 - 14.45

Stream B

Wool Old Bridge, restoring an at-risk heritage asset

  • Development of a management system that could be used as a national model
  • Using archaeological investigations to inform the design process
  • Allowing for sustainable maintenance within the restoration process
  • Recognising the historical value of our bridge stock within the asset management process
  • Working with communities to  deliver sustainable outcomes

Speakers :
David Clegg, Service Manager for Network Operations, Dorset Council
Richard Parfitt, Project Team Manager, Dorset Council

Stream B

14.45 - 15.10

Stream B

GeoSHM for structural health monitoring

  • This ESA-funded project aims to deliver the GeoSHM system solution to monitor long-span bridges and other large-scale infrastructure
  • Empowered by the GeoSHM Data Strategy and Data Analyst Toolbox, the GeoSHM system enables engineers to understand the displacement and vibration characteristics of the Forth Road Bridge under the effect of wind, temperature and traffic, and to define the baseline performance of the structure
  • Innovations included the world's first integrated receiver containing a GNSS antenna, a GNSS receiver of more than 500 channels, a tri-axial accelerometer and communication modules – all shielded within compact housing

Speakers :
Professor Xiaolin Meng , Professor of Intelligent Mobility, University of Nottingham

15.10 - 15.40

Afternoon Coffee Break & Exhibition Viewing

15.40 - 16.10

Humber Bridge hanger investigation and replacements

  • The Humber Bridge is an iconic Grade 1 Listed structure and carries the A15 dual carriageway over the Humber Estuary with a main span of 1,410m
  • The hangers on many other suspension bridges around the world have been replaced due to deterioration in condition - as this would be a major cost to the Humber Bridge, a robust asset management strategy was required
  • The presentation covers the process for choosing three trial hangers to replace and test, and describes the testing regime, the results of the testing and how this informed the strategy for management of the remaining hangers
  • This presentation also discusses the design, fabrication and installation of the works involved in replacing the hangers

Speakers :
Andrew Arundel, Head of Engineering and Infrastructure, Humber Bridge Board
Chris Hendy, Technical Director and Professional Head of Bridge Engineering, Atkins

16.10 - 16.40

Closing Keynote - Measuring performance and value in construction

  • New methodology for quantifying the benefits of offsite construction of bridges/bridge elements and its application to future construction projects

Speakers :
Cam Middleton, Laing O’Rourke Professor of Construction Engineering, University of Cambridge


Close of conference



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