Bridges Scotland - Conference Programme

Tuesday 29 November 2022


Registration & Exhibition Networking

09:30 - 09:50


09:50 - 09:55

Net Zero Bridges Group

09:55 - 10:20

The latest low carbon developments from the Net Zero Bridges Group


TBC - BEAM Architects

10:20 - 10:45

A new cable-stayed bridge is rising across Storstrømmen in Denmark

10:45 - 11:10

A 4km-long sea crossing comprising 44 viaduct spans and two navigational spans is rising out of Storstrømmen in Denmark over the coming years. The new structure, which includes a cable-stayed structure with a 100m-tall pylon, will be one of the few bridges in the world carrying a two-track high speed railway and a two-lane road as well as a combined footway and cycle path on one single cross section.

The construction methods make extensive use of large precast concrete elements from foundations and pier segments to full span girders 73m long.

The presentation will cover the status for the construction of the bridge, as well as some of the history of the project, including the development of the architectural concept for the cross section, development of the Definition Bridge Design and the Design Basis for this landmark structure.

The new bridge will be an outstanding landmark that replaces what was once, and for 30 years, Europe’s longest combined road and railway bridge.


Exhibition Networking

11:10 - 11:40

Automating design workflow and maximising design value through basic parametric tools

11:40 - 12:10

This real-life scenario will demonstrate the effectiveness of parametric design when used at the conceptual stage. The case study will show the production of a visual conceptual bridge model together with the analytical model, using the same base script to generate the respective geometries via Dynamo, Revit, Infraworks and Midas. The presentation will highlight the processes involved in developing a parametric model and how the model can be used to consider different design options quickly and efficiently allowing designs to be refined.


12:10 - TBC

12:10 - 12:35

Lunch & Exhibition Networking

12:35 - 14:00

Gairnshiel Bridge: where new meets old

14:00 - 14:25

The original Gairnshiel Bridge, near Ballater, was built between 1748 and 1752 as part of the Hanoverian military road network. Now, a new bridge designed by Moxon Architects and Arcadis is being built over the River Gairn to ease pressure on the narrow structure, which has been weakened by a number of vehicle collisions over time. Ben Addy and Amy Parkes will present the development of the new bridge in its visually sensitive location highlighting the technical challenges and successes of this granite clad box girder bridge


TBC Technology: Minimising noise from expansion joints

14:25 - 14:50

Swing span structure and articulation concepts, analysis methods and design of a new opening road bridge over the River Clyde

14:50 - 15:15

Renfrewshire Council has contracted with UK contractor GRAHAM to design and construct a new two-lane opening road bridge over the River Clyde in Scotland equipped with twin footways to connect Renfrew to the boundary between Glasgow and West Dunbartonshire. A joint venture of Hollandia Infra and Iemants is providing design and construction services for the swing span superstructures, machinery, hydraulic, and electrical systems. Hardesty & Hanover, LLC and Roughan & O'Donovan are designing the swing span superstructure and elements of the supporting machinery. This presentation provides an overview of the swing span structure and articulation concepts, analysis methods, and design.


Exhibition Networking

15:15 - 15:45

Bridges TEN/20

15:45 - 16:15

Bridges TEN/20 is a forum to showcase projects and ideas in a one-off session of concise quick-fire presentations made back-to-back.


It's fast and fun! Each session is delivered in just 3 minutes 20 seconds flat - and must consist of TEN slides that forward automatically every 20 seconds; no pauses, no returns, no exceptions!

Past presentations have included the construction and display of a 4.7m-long Lego model of the Forth Bridge built to 1/352 scale; a pilot scheme undertaken in Holland to strengthen and widen an existing concrete bridge deck with an FRP composite deck; and the relationship between cost and carbon footprint in bridge optimisation.

Please note that ONLY commercial companies exhibiting - plus visiting local authorities and academic institutions - are eligible to take part.


In the first instance, a summary of the project or idea must be submitted for consideration by our panel of experts hosted by Donald MacPherson, Chair of the Bridges Group of The Society of Chief Officers of Transportation in Scotland.

Please email this summary to by 28 October 2022. (If chosen, the final powerpoint will then be required by 11 November.)

Wednesday 30 November 2022


Registration & Exhibition Networking

09:30 - 10:25


10:25 - 10:30

The new Low Carbon Concrete Routemap

10:30 - 10:55

The new Low Carbon Concrete Routemap: presented by the Green Construction Board’s Low Carbon Concrete Group (LCCG)


Technology: Inspections and maintenance - Network Rail

10:55 - 11:20

Exhibition Networking

11:20 - 11:45

Post tensioned concrete structures review and management in practice

11:45 - 12:35

Using the Great Bernera Bridge as the springboard and focus for this ambitious double-bill on post-tensioned structures, three presenters will veer from the macro to the micro beginning with insight into the development of advice and guidance on the management of post-tensioned bridges from BD 54/93 via BD 54/15 to CS 465. The significant proven benefits of that development will be outlined in the light of the CS 465 risk reports for Great Bernera Bridge and related PTSI site investigations and results. Also covered will be DMRB inspection requirements, the many challenges overcome on site, and the management of the testing procedure that was developed and ceased as a result of the structural conditions encountered. The session will conclude with the latest developments related to the replacement structure as well as the ongoing management of the existing Great Bernera Bridge.


Lunch & Exhibition Networking

12:35 - 14:00

Structural health monitoring on the Queensferry Crossing; the most sensored bridge in the world

14:00 - 14:25

Scotland’s landmark structure opened in 2017, breaking world records including at 2,187 physical sensors the world’s largest structural health monitoring system on any bridge. In this presentation, we present a summary of the system installed, its uses to date and further intentions. A load test involving six heavy vehicles was conducted to verify the monitoring and bridge performance. Lessons learnt for future applications are shared.


Erksine Bridge external maintenance works

14:25 - 14:50

Exhibition Networking

14:50 - 15:05

Forth Road Bridge, Anchorage Chamber Investigation

15:05 - 15:30

Kingston Bridge north approaches cope and parapet replacement

15:30 - 15:55