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Workshop Exploring the Vulnerability and Management of Masonry Arch Bridge subject to Major Storm Events

  • Date(s)
    Wednesday, 16 January 2019
  • Time(s)
    From 9:30 AM
  • Venue
    The Boardroom (Block 8 Level K Room 14B), Ulster University at Jordanstown, Shore Road, Newtownabbey BT37 0QB.

About the event

Ulster University working in cooperation with Colorado State University have been exploring the impact of flooding on the stability of masonry arch bridges. These historic structures are typically constructed on shallow foundations and in many cases, the nature, size and form of the bridge substructure are unknown. The situation is complicated by the fact that in many cases the structural record drawings have been lost.  The salient finding from the current study is that the stability and performance of these bridges are readily threatened by major storm occurrences. The recent flooding in Cumbria (2009 & 2015) and in Northern Ireland (2018) has demonstrated that large return period storms are injurious to the general public and pose major challenges to stakeholder organizations charged with “future proofing” the national infrastructure.

Given this background, Ulster University is holding a one-day workshop on the vulnerability and management of masonry arch bridges.  The event is designed to draw upon the experience and expertise of a wide range of designers, contractors, statutory bodies and asset managers from the public and private sectors.  It is hoped that the exchange of perspectives will suggest good practice guidance for improving the resilience of these important historic bridges. 

Agenda and Speakers


9:30 - 10:00 am           Registration (Tea and Coffee)

10:00 - 10:15 am         Chairman opening address

10:15 - 10:45 am         Rob Ettema Colorado & Ulster Research

10:45 - 11:15 am         Daniel Healy Rivers Agency & Transport NI

11:15 - 11:45 am         Martin Hardman Cumbria Council

11:45 - 12:15 pm         Paul Clooper Ayres USA

12:15 - 1:15 pm          Lunch Loughview suite

1:15 - 1:45 pm             Liam Duffy Transport Infrastructure Ireland

1:45 - 2:15 pm             Russell Eddis FP McCann

2:15 - 2:45 pm             Evdokia Gyftaki/Su Taylor/Gerry Hamill QUB, Belfast

2:45 - 3:15 pm             David Wiggin Curtins limited

3:15 - 3:45 pm             Future Directions Chairman & Professor Ettema

3:45 - 4:00 pm             Closing Summary by Professor Neil Hewitt, Ulster University



This event is free with 20 spaces allocated to Engineers Ireland members. To book your place please email Amanda Thompson at before 9th January 2019 to confirm your attendance. Spaces will be allocated on a first come first served basis. Please advise if there are any mobility or dietary requirements that need addressed on the day, to allow time to accommodate these needs. Parking is available at the university and the venue will be signposted on the day.

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