Donald Pearson-Kirk

Technical Director, WSP

Dr Donald Pearson-Kirk taught and researched at universities in the UK, Australia and Saudi Arabia; has been a technical advisor to numerous international agencies and governments and is now a Technical Director with WSP’s Structures Investigation Group. He was Research Co-ordinator in Australia for the Commission of Inquiry into the Road Freight Industry; in Saudi Arabia he acted as an adviser reporting directly to the Deputy Minister of Transport and was a JAYCOR Training Professor. Major research projects have included durability of concrete structures; traffic noise assessment; pavement damage and traffic accident reduction.

He has directed Special Inspections to over 900 structures; the investigations to over 340 post-tensioned bridges in the UK, Europe, the Middle East and the United States; and the preparation of BD 54/15 and CS 465 Risk Reviews and Risk Assessments for over 430 post-tensioned bridges since April 2015.

He has authored/co-authored over 290 technical papers, was the lead author for CS 465 Management of post tensioned concrete bridges and is lead author for the review for National Highways of Standards for post tensioned bridges.

Donald chaired the steering groups for the CIRIA projects Hidden Defects in Bridges and Structural Health Monitoring and is a member of BSI and CEN committees for Protection of Concrete Structures.

My Speaker Sessions

Wednesday 30 November 2022


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.