Dr Diego Panici

Postdoctoral Researcher

Devon County Council

Dr Diego Panici is working with the Devon County Council for the scour assessment of bridges, with a focus on the effects from debris accumulations and the prioritisation of bridge inspections. He is also a Postdoc with the University of Exeter and has a PhD from the University of Southampton, in which he developed methodologies for estimation of debris accumulation size and effects of debris on scour depth. His work with Devon County Council and Exeter University is being included in the DMRB review of BD97.

Speaker Sessions

Stream A - Wednesday 9 March 2022

Protecting bridges from large woody debris: a novel system of trapping devices

Large woody debris can be responsible of severe damage to bridges and cause bridge failure. A novel system has been tested at the laboratory scale and showed promising results for efficiency of debris trapping and reduced flood risk. This presentation shows the hydraulic experiments for this device carried out at the University of Exeter and the potential application to rivers, with an outlook to full-scale testing.



: 14:50-15:10
x Workshops - Thursday 10 March 2022

Assessing bridges liable to debris accumulations and applications to the new scour assessment guidelines

The new National Highways DMRB CS 469 for the assessment of scour and hydraulic actions to bridges introduced the estimation of the effects due to accumulations of large woody debris. To this end, it is essential to identify those bridges that are liable to accumulated debris. This workshop will investigate recently developed methodologies based on satellite imageries and other low-cost desk-based techniques for identifying bridges at risk of accumulated debris, and will show the practical implications to the evaluation of Scour Risk Assessments.



: 15:30-16:15
Sue Threader Richard Fish (CHAIR)

The highlight of the bridge engineering year.

Sue Threader, Chief Executive, Rochester Bridge Trust

A great day meeting lots of like-minded people, exploring new innovations and products from exhibitors and listening to some inspiring speakers.

Kevin Dentith, Chief Bridge Engineer, Devon County Council

Excellent networking and knowledge sharing opportunity, everyone who works in bridges should be there!

Liz Kirkham, Network & Strategic Asset Manager, Gloucestershire County Council

Very good conference and excellent networking opportunities.

Paul Tucker, Senior Bridge Engineer & Team Leader, Somerset County Council

Once again a great opportunity to see and hear from market leaders in bridges innovation.

Adrian Worthington, Technical & Design Officer, Wigan Council

The event is always informative, inspiring and relevant - a really good blend of asset owners, researchers, designers and contractors. A must for all bridge engineering professionals!

Phil Raven, Head of Technical Design, Milestone Infrastructure (Oxfordshire Highways)

The event is an opportunity to meet the some main suppliers and service providers in the UK industry
and to gain an understanding of the status quo and the trends in the bridge through the problems faced and solutions found.

Philip Corbett, Concessionaire for the Rion-Antirion Bridge - Greece, GEFYRA SA