Workshop Programme

Bridges Programme Day 1 - 12th March

8:30 - 9.10

Registration and exhibition hall open

9:10 - 9.15

Introduction from chair

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

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, Chief Engineer, ADEPT Bridges Group and Bridge Owner's Forum Diego Panici, Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Exeter

10.50 - 11.20

Morning Coffee break & Exhibition Viewing

11.20 - 12.10

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

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

12.10 - 12.35

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

11.20 - 11.45

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

Donald Pearson Kirk, Technical Director, WSP Structures Investigation Group

11.45 - 12.10

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?

John Collins, Principal Engineer, Roughan O'Donovan

12.10 - 12.35

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?

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

Richard Fish, Technical Secretary, Bridge Owners’ Forum

14.20 - 14.45

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

14:45 - 15.10

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

13.55 - 14.20

Inspections: the good, the bad and the ugly

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

Hazel McDonald, Chief Bridge Engineer, Transport Scotland

14.20 - 14.45

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

14.45 - 15.10

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

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

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


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


Close of conference

Bridges Workshop - Friday 13 March

8.30 – 9.25

Coffee and Exhibition Viewing

9.25 - 9.30

Introduction from Workshops Chair: the Grand Challenges

Richard Fish, Technical Secretary, Bridge Owners’ Forum

9.30 - 10.30

Workshop 1: Scour warning and prevention

Chair: Kevin Dentith
Assessing debris-induced scour at piers: applications and case studies in Devon

• Bridges are assessed liable to debris accumulations through a process based on direct and indirect evidence
• Prioritising bridges for scour assessment using a newly defined priority factor inclusive of accumulated debris
• Applications of simplified and rigorous methods through worked examples for calculation of the debris scour factor
• Scour risk assessment including debris effects is applied to several bridges in Devon showing change in risk rating

Speakers :
Kevin Dentith, Chief Engineer, ADEPT Bridges Group and Bridge Owner's Forum Diego Panici, Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Exeter

10.30 - 11.00


11.00 - 13.00

Workshop 2: Resilience

Chair: Dave Cousins - James Fisher

Quantifying resilience
Sotirios Argyroudis, University of Surrey and Aristotle University (Greece)

Network Resilience,
Dr Maria Pregnolato, University of Bristol

Modularity and off-site construction is revolutionising the industry and delivering real improvements in cost-effectiveness, productivity and speed of delivery.

• Recent trends towards modular construction
• The challenges faced when specifying a bridge
• Key features and benefits of modern modular steel bridging solutions vs traditional solutions
• Addressing the increasing need for durability, safety and resilience via modular steel solutions
Nick Iannetta, Mabey Bridge

Case study: Preventing structural failures/extending life in the Peak District National Park
• Assisting with asset management of civil structures along the main park trails including masonry, concrete and steel bridges, tunnels, culverts, retaining walls and Lime Kilns
• Defining repair schedules based on inspection reports and prioritising works within a limited budget
• Innovative methods for heritage and difficult access areas
Tim Grimshaw, Waterman Infrastructure & Environment

Protecting structures in a marine environment: refurbishment and protection of the A9 Cromarty Bridge
• Designing and selecting the optimum repair solution to meet the minimum 20-year design life of a structure situated within a chloride-rich environment
• Meeting client requirements for the system to be durable and extendable in the future for the remaining 60 piers, as well as easily maintainable
Christopher J Spence, General Manager/Laboratory Manager, Corrosion Control Services

Designing steel bridges that will perform better
Andrew Hodgkinson, Hewson Consulting Engineers

13.00 - 14.00


14.00 - 14.30

Workshop 3: Bridges and overloaded vehicles

Chair: Richard Fish

Vehicle overload – we’re on the road to nowhere

• Brief history of load models
• Recent research on the effects of overloaded vehicles on roads and bridges
• Challenges to current policy
Hazel McDonald, Chief Bridge Engineer, Transport Scotland

Leveraging technology to protect structural assets from abnormal load vehicles
• Abnormal load management process for structural assets - extending or limiting life?
• Using and analysing notification data effectively
• Technology for robust abnormal load management - Kent County Council
• A glimpse of the future
Clare Waterfall, Sales and Marketing Director, Cascade Software

14.30 - 15.00

Workshop 4: Climate change & sustainability

Chair : Richard Fish

UN Sustainability Goals and bridge construction: common ground?
• The 17 UN sustainable development goals
• Climate risks to bridges
• Reducing consumption
• Sustainable materials
• Futureproofing

Richard Fish, Technical Secretary, Bridge Owners’ Forum

15.00 - 15.30

Coffee Break

15.30 - 16.15

Workshop 4 (continued)

Arcadis Net Zero KPIs
• Definitions
• Measuring and using KPI
• Business KPI's
• Net zero buildings- 15 years on lessons learnt
• Net zero bridges
• Cost and carbon
Dave Collings, Technical Director, Arcadis

Reducing carbon embodiment in bridge design and bridge rehabilitation through alternative materials
• Why always use steel and concrete for bridge construction?
• FRP composite materials can help reduce the carbon footprint in the bridge industry and these materials are successfully used in all other industries such as automotive, aeronautical and marine.
• Local councils such as Kent CC, Gloucestershire CC and Cardiff CC are seeing the benefit – and Transport for London will be installing an FRP composite bridge this year.
John Drewett, Concrete Repair


Conference close by the Chair

Exhibition opportunities at the Bridges workshop

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There are a limited number of exhibitor opportunities available on the Bridges 2020 Workshop day on Friday 13th March. These are booked and charged separately to the exhibition at the main conference on Thursday 12th March. It is possible to book an exhibition stand at only the Bridges 2020 workshop day if you wish.

The workshop and exhibition will take place in the same location as the main Bridges 2020 event (Ricoh arena), but in a different, slightly smaller space within the venue. We are expecting 60-100 attendees on Friday 13th, including many members of the UK Bridge Owners Forum.

There will be a breakout room for delegates, where all food and coffee will be served. Here there will be 11 table top stands made available for a limited number of 9  exhibitors and 2 Premier Partners.

It will be possible for existing Bridges 2020 exhibitors to move marketing materials from the main exhibition hall to the workshop area on the evening before.

Please contact Lisa Bentley on +44 (0) 207 973 4698 or for more information or to reserve your space


We will have a limited number of exhibitors with table top stands in the breakout room (where food and refreshments will be served) at the Bridges 2020 Workshop day.

Rate: £1750 + VAT

Standard exhibitors will get the following:

  • 1x table top with tablecloth (2.5m x 1.5m)
  • Space for 2 or 3 small ‘pop up’ display stands behind table top
  • 1 x electricity point
  • Listing on Bridges 2020 Workshop website (logo and 100 word profile)
  • Logo and 100 word listing in Bridges 2020 Workshop brochure distributed on the day
  • Free lunch/coffee for 2 stand representatives
  • Free entry to the workshops for 2 stand representatives
  • Reduced rate hotel accommodation available and opportunity to attend possible small networking reception on the evening before

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Workshop Exhibition Bookings

Stand numbers and bookings:

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2 – ALPS

3 – Freyssinet  Limited 


5 - Mistras

6 - Sheffield Hallam University 

7 - Polydeck

8 - James Fisher Testing Services (premier partner) 

9 - Mabey (premier partner) 

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