Bridges Scotland

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Having worked closely with Transport Scotland and SCOTS, the Bridges Scotland conference programme will provide thought-provoking presentations covering the latest issues of relevance and interest to Scottish bridge professionals.

Free to attend and with seating allocated on a first come first served basis, please make sure you arrive well before any session you wish to attend.

Wednesday 1st November: Day One Sessions:



Introduction & welcome by the chair

Helena Russell, Editor, Bridge design & engineering magazine



Constraints on delivering bridge maintenance in NW Scotland

  • The importance of communication, particularly in early consultation
  • Programming work with environmental constraints in mind
  • Timing is critical - avoiding impact on events, tourism and so on

Chris Tracey, Bridges Manager, Bear Scotland Ltd



Use of technology in the operation and maintenance of the Queensferry Crossing and the Forth Road Bridge

  • Structural health monitoring and its planned use on the Queensferry Crossing
  • Use and development of structural health monitoring on the Forth Road Bridge
  • Asset management systems and other technology on both bridges - pulling it all together and the future

Ewan Angus, Major Bridges Director, Forth Bridges, Amey

Oliver Riches, Associate Director,Arup



Lunch and exhibition viewing



Trunk road bridge maintenance in Scotland - the way ahead

Wayne Hindshaw, Chief Bridge Engineer, Transport Scotland



A7 Old Tweed refurbishment - historic border arches

  • Special care for a historic structure
  • Temporary works & environment
  • Innovative repair techniques

Hazel McDonald, Network Bridges Manager, Transport Scotland



Coffee break and exhibition viewing



Bridge Inspector Certification Scheme - its introduction in Scotland

  • Scheme overview
  • The client, inspector and assessor's views
  • The future

Hazel McDonald, Network Bridges Manager, Transport Scotland

Philippa Ayton, Principal Engineer - Consulting & Strategic Infrastructure, Amey

Lauren Quigley, NHSS Coordinator, Lantra



Q&A session and close of day one


Thursday 2nd November: Day Two Sessions:



Introduction & welcome by the chair

Helena Russell, Editor, Bridge design & engineering magazine



Bridges of the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route - An Overview

Douglas Laird, AWPR Project Manager, Transport Scotland

David Glen, Divisional Director, Jacobs

Graham Lloyd, Contracting Authority's Site Representative, Jacobs




A830 bridge replacement programme

  • Improved road safety inherent in the design of replacement structures
  • Upgrading non-standard parapets may lead to more extensive strengthening work or even replacement
  • Effective planning from feasibility stage is essential to ensure larger schemes can be delivered within the annual budget programme required under the G4 contract

Chris Tracey, Bridges Manager, Bear Scotland Ltd




Coffee break and exhibition viewing



The business of technology on bridges

  • Introduction to Mersey Gateway
  • Technology on the bridge
  • The importance of technology
  • Technology for operation, maintenance and performance
  • Key challenges

Ali Mahdmina, Solutions Manager - Tunnels, Bridges, Locks & Ports, Dynniq UK Limited



Bridge design is for life, not just for the opening ceremony

  • Access for inspection and maintenance
  • The importance of building to the correct specifications
  • Maximising design life and minimising maintenance

Angus Bruce, Major Bridges Manager, Forth Bridges Unit, Amey




Lunch and exhibition viewing



Low Maintenance Solutions for Remote Bridge Sites

  • The special requirements of remote bridge sites
  • How design and material choice can contribute to low maintenance structures
  • Optimising material use and cost
  • Other benefits of aluminium bridges

Dimitris Kosteas, Consultant, Gluck



Structures and bearings; best practice in design for meeting performance and maintenance targets

  • Anchorage design
  • Construction aspects
  • Installation and replacement

Max Bruninghold, Mageba



Q&A session and close of conference