Dave Cousins

Principal Engineer, Accolade Measurement

Dave’s career has revolved around bridges continuously, in a flurry of roles including design, fabrication, temporary works, installation, assessment and demolition. Highlights have included designing innovative reconstructions in seemingly impossible site constraints, research into reinforced concrete deck hinge joints, temporary works for a 135t asymmetric steel arch installation and managing the worlds’ largest bridge monitoring system at Queensferry Crossing. In the latter years, he’s taken to focus on deteriorated structures and detection of defects through non-destructive testing, structural health monitoring and load testing.

My Speaker Sessions

Tuesday 28 November 2023


Cleveland Bridge in Bath: Artificial Intelligence and Monitoring of a Complex Structure

10:50 - 11:15 Bridge Inspections and Assessments
  • Concerns over the structural integrity of Cleveland Bridge in Bath arose due to section loss on corroded steel hanger bars.
  • AI powered analysis of displacements and strains provides confidence in understanding the structure’s operational behaviour.
  • Load testing allowed the distribution of forces across the supports to be evaluated under a range of load configurations.