Day 1 – Thursday 12 March - Conference Programme: 

Day 2 - Friday 13 March - Bridges Workshop

Workshop Themes

• Preventing structural failures/extending life
• Building bridges that will perform better
• Embracing innovation and embedding technology
• Securing a competent, diverse workforce
• Sharing knowledge and best practice

08.30 - Registration and exhibition hall opens

09.25 - Introduction from Chair: the Grand Challenges 
Richard Fish, Technical Secretary, Bridge Owners Forum

09.30 - Workshop 1: Scour warning and prevention.  

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 - Coffee break

11.00 - Workshop 2: Resilience Chair:
Dave Cousins, James Fisher

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

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
Jagvinder Singh, Senior Associate Director (Bridge and Civil Structures), Waterman Infrastructure & Environment

SHM & resilience 
Dave Cousins, James Fisher

Preventing Structural Failures/Extending Life covering cathodic protection and concrete repairs. STRUCTURAL CONCRETE ALLIANCE

12.00 - Workshop 3: Workshop 5: Bridges and overloaded vehicles

13.00 - Lunch

14.00 - Workshop 4: Climate change & sustainability

15.00 - Coffee break

15.30 - Workshop 5: Net zero carbon

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.
David 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

16.45 - Close of conference

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 for more information or to reserve your space


We will have a limited number of 9 exhibitors with table top stands in the breakout room (where food 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


We will have 2 Premier Partners (non-competing) in the breakout room (where food served) at the Bridges 2020 Workshop day.

Rate: £2750 + VAT

As well as the above standard exhibitor package, Premier Partners will benefit from

  • The opportunity to present a related workshop (subject matter to be mutually agreeable and fit in with theme of day)
  • The distribution of own marketing collateral in Bridges 2020 Workshop conference room
  • Extra pop up stand(s) in the Bridges 2020 Workshop conference room
  • Listing and logo with 200 words on Bridges 2020 Workshop web page (as Premier Partner)
  • Full page advert and listing in Bridges 2020 Workshop brochure, handed out to all attendees
  • Logo on front cover of Bridges 2020 Workshop brochure
  • Logo on all e mail marketing promoting Bridges 2020 Workshop before the event

Download the Floorplan

Workshop Exhibition Bookings

Key (refer to plan)

Stand numbers and bookings:

1 – Mabey (premier partner) – reserved

2 – James Fisher Testing Services (premier partner)- reserved

3 – Freyssinet (exhibitor) - booked

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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.

"Again the Bridges conference gave a great opportunity to network with colleagues across the profession and attend presentations from industry leaders" 
Principal Structure Engineer, Staffordshire County Council