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Practical Steps to Extend the Lives of Bridges

  • Date(s)
    Friday, 31 January 2014
  • Time(s)
    9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
  • Venue
    Engineers Ireland, 22 Clyde Road, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4, Ireland
  • Fee

    Members: €245
    Non-Members: €295
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  • CPD Credit
    1 hour   C1

Seminar Overview

The single market is at the core of what the European Union represents and consequently Europe needs a first class road and rail transportation network. However, many of the EU's stock of an estimated 1 million bridges are old and have deteriorated over time. Recession puts pressure on national finances and puts a focus on the need to achieve “more with less” - reducing costs while maintaining or improving the efficiency of the transport network. Consequently Bridge Management, now more than ever, is at the core of achieving transport efficiency. Bridge Management however requires owners to have knowledge about the residual life of their bridge stock. 
This timely seminar brings together the expertise of the current EU Commission funded international research project into extending the life of bridges, particularly on less trafficked routes. Speakers at this seminar will present practical steps in dealing with both bridge loading and bridge resistance.

Seminar Aim

This one-day CPD seminar will span the gap between research and practical steps, informing delegates of the latest investigations and methods to extend or improve the life and usage of bridge infrastructure.  Attendees will gain insight from Irish and European leading experts into best practice and hear the latest examples and techniques in bridge management that will help win work at home and abroad.

Who Should Attend

This seminar is aimed at anyone who has responsibility for bridge repairs and inspections, or who has an interest in developing knowledge and new techniques in infrastructure maintenance. Those who are involved in bridge maintenance, infrastructure safety and cost-effective repairs should not miss this key learning opportunity.  


Opening Address: 
  • Michael Phillips, Chartered Engineer, City Engineer, Dublin City Council
Presentations Include:
  • Prof. Eugene O’Brien, Chartered Engineer,
    Director, Roughan & O’Donovan Innovative
    Solutions and Professor of Civil Engineering, University College Dublin 
  • Brian Bell, Chartered Engineer, University of Surrey, formerly Network Rail
  • Liam Meagher, Programme Manager, Structural and Architectural Design, Irish Rail 
  • Liam Duffy, Chartered Engineer, Engineering Inspector, National Roads Authority
Presentations from the Long Life Bridges Project:
  • Andreas Andersson, Researcher, Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Sweden
  • Daniel Cantero, Researcher, Roughan & O'Donovan Consulting Engineers, Ireland
  • Julien Baussaron, Mechanical and Reliability Engineer, PHIMECA Engineering SA, France
  • Henrik Stensgaard Toft, Assistant Professor, Aalborg University (AAU) Denmark 
  • Dr Alisa Hayrapetova, Senior Bridge Engineer, Roughan & O’Donovan Consulting Engineers, Ireland 
  • Ignacio Gonzalez, PhD Student, Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Sweden
Long Life Bridges (GA no: 286276) is a European Commission, Marie Curie 7th Framework Programme funded Project, under the Industry Academia  Partnerships and Pathways (IAPP) call: FP7-People-2011-IAPP

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31 January 2014