2020 Programme

Bridges Workshop - Friday 13 March

Overarching themes:

  • Preventing structural failures/extending life
  • Building bridges that will perform better
  • Embracing innovation and embedding technology
  • Sharing knowledge and best practice

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

Kevin Dentith, Chief Engineer (Bridges & structures), Devon County Council
Dr 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

Workshop Exhibiting Opportunities

Exhibition opportunities at the Bridges 2020 workshop

Download the Floorplan

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 l.bentley@hgluk.com 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

Download the Floorplan

Workshop Exhibition Bookings

Stand numbers and bookings:

1 – 

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 l.bentley@hgluk.com or call +44 (0) 20 7973 4698 and we will be in touch.