Seminar Sessions

Wednesday 31st October: Day One Sessions:


Bridge collapses: inevitable or unacceptable? Learning lessons from catastrophe.

* Please note that this session is to be held in the Transport Scotland & SCOTS theatre.

Richard Fish, Independent Consultant & Technical Secretary , Bridge Owners Forum


Managing Scotland’s trunk road bridge stock.

Hazel McDonald, Chief Bridge Engineer, Transport Scotland


Practical lessons learned from caring for north-east Scotland’s historic bridge stock.

  • strengthening or repair works
  • the available grant schemes and how they work
  • specialist techniques or products that are available/required for such structure

Mike Pendery, District Architect Grampian & Shetland, Historic Environment Scotland


Lunch and exhibition viewing


How integrated technology is driving safety and efficiency on the Forth road bridges.

Ewan Angus, Major Bridges Director – Forth Bridges, Amey


Planning bridge maintenance priorities

  • The need for a systematic approach
  • Asset managers and the risk they hold
  • Importance of accurate data collection
  • Using work programmes to reduce risk

Iain Mackenzie, Senior Engineer, WSP


Coffee break and exhibition viewing


How modular solutions can deliver real project efficiencies for rural bridging applications.

  • Outline the key engineering considerations of remote rural bridging projects
  • Explore how innovative modular solutions – steel sub-and superstructures - can be used effectively on rural projects in Scotland
  • Demonstrate how such solutions can deliver real project efficiencies

Nick Iannetta, Head of Engineering, Mabey Bridge


Q&A session and close of day one

Thursday 1st November: Day Two Sessions:


Introduction & welcome by the chair


Historic bridges, a vital part of today’s road network.

  • Masonry arch bridges have longevity. Investments made in Scotland’s road bridges in the 18th and 19th centuries repay themselves even now. We rely on the bridge managers and engineers who understand them best to keep them in service and looking good. Some adaptations will be discussed
  • Iron bridges: what makes them important, and are they really so weak?

Mark Watson, Deputy Head of Industrial Heritage, Historic Environment Scotland


Permanent repair of truss end links on the Forth Road Bridge.

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


Coffee break and exhibition viewing


Paving the way for enhanced road design and construction: challenging technical standards.

  • Future Design Manual for Roads & Bridges: vision, practical implications, benefits, work programme
  • Manual of Contract Documents for Highway Works review: consultation, key findings, next steps
  • Digital road vision: how the new standards will support new delivery models including design and construction automation

Mariapia Angelino, Principal Engineer, WSP


Phase two refurbishment of A9 Cromarty Bridge.

  • Lessons learned for both design and construction, from carrying out a trial in advance of a much larger scheme.
  • Carrying out bridge refurbishment work whilst minimising disruption to the travelling public.
  • The importance of getting the right access system.

Chris Tracey, Bridges Manager, Bear Scotland North West Unit


Update to Bridge Inspector Certification Scheme – early implementation, lessons learned, and best practice recommendations.

Speakers :
Hazel McDonald, Chief Bridge Engineer, Transport Scotland Erin Harper, Product Coordinator: Bridge Inspector Certification Scheme , Lantra


Lunch and exhibition viewing


The importance of information – connecting the ‘i’ in digital, BIM and bridges.

  • Digital engineering for a flexible, efficient and time saving solution for bridge designers.
  • All of the digital information is available for the right people at the right time for the right purpose.
  • An open system with input from many sources and systems – what are the barriers/obstacles that still need to be overcome.

Ralph Pullinger, International Technical Manager, Allplan UK


Saving structures – concrete repair technology illustrated by work to the M5 Oldbury Viaduct in Birmingham.

Peter McCloskey, , Vector Technologies


Close of conference