Bridges Scotland Seminar Programme

Wednesday 13 November 2019


Welcome & Introduction

Jose Sanchez de Muniain, Editor, Bridge Design & Engineering


The SUREbridge concept

Europe has about 1 million concrete bridges and viaducts, with many dated structures among them requiring expensive maintenance or rebuilding. Apart from the cost, this is simply not sustainable. The SUREbridge-method, which retains and strengthens the existing structure, offers the solution to these downsides. SUREbridge stands for Sustainable Refurbishment of Existing Bridges and is a method that increases the cross-section of the bridge with an additional FRP compression zone on top and extra carbon tensile reinforcement (pre-stressed or not) at the bottom if needed.

Speakers :
Martijn Veltkamp, Senior Design Engineer, FiberCore Europe Jan Kroon, General manager, FiberCore Europe


Rehabilitation of Reinforced Concrete Substructures

This presentation will examine as a case study cathodic protection and repair to the A9 Cromarty Bridge in Inverness, Scotland.

Chris Spence, Technical Manager, Corrosion Control Services Limited


Design for constructability: A review of bridge deck replacements on the Shotts Electrification Scheme

As part of the Holytown Junction to Midcalder Junction (via Shotts) Electrification scheme advance works contract, Tony Gee was appointed by BAM Nuttall to carry out the design of several bridge deck replacements. The nature of the work and the existing site constraints required an innovative approach to ensure constructability was a priority and deliver an efficient scheme through design to completion on site. Some of the innovative solutions that were adopted will be explained in more detail here.

Kirsty Jamieson, Associate Director, Tony Gee


Coffee Break & Exhibition Viewing


The management of risk with High Alumina Cement identified in Network-Rail owned bridges in Scotland

In 2017 Network Rail discovered converted High Alumina Cement (HAC) in precast pre-tensioned concrete beams within the construction of a 1960s overline bridge in Glasgow. This presentation will outline the steps subsequently taken by Network Rail to confirm which other bridges contained HAC, and to manage the risk in these structures until they could be replaced. The presentation will also cover lessons learned which may have a wider application to the detection of unforeseen defects in bridges.

Stewart Lothian, Route Asset Manager, Network Rail


Ultra High Performance Concrete for the UK

UHPC is a material with special properties such as high strength and extreme durability.  Internationally, the material has seen significant use, but in the UK civils applications have been sparse. The presentation will examine: potential applications for UHPC in the UK; barriers and risks to use of UHPC in the UK; potential actions to overcome the barriers and risks to use in the UK.

Oliver Budd, Senior Engineer, WSP


Lunch and Exhibition Viewing


Advanced materials in infrastructure-procurement best practice

During principal bridge inspections, Lancashire County Council (LLC) identified eight footbridges that required significant interventions. LCC engaged Jacobs to carry out their detailed Options Study for these footbridges, on completion of which APB Group were successful in securing the first package of two footbridges over railway and subsequently the second package of two footbridges over a river and canal. The procurement process places LCC at the forefront of best practice, and we would like to share with delegates the work they do, as well as the work carried out by Jacobs when completing the Options Study.

Martin Halpin, Innovation & Development Manager, APB Group Ltd


Stockingfield Junction Footbridge

The presentation will examine a highly innovated pedestrian bridge being built across the Forth & Clyde Canal in Glasgow. The new link will have two decks set in a wishbone shape and will deliver improved active travel options for the area and avoid a very dangerous underpass currently in use.

Speakers :
Richard Millar, Director of Infrastructure, Scottish Canals Philip McKenna, Divisional Director, Jacobs, Glasgow


Bridges Assessment Standards Updates

A presentation of CS454, the new DMRB bridge assessment document to replace BD21, including an outline of the key changes made to the document; changes to traffic loading models for assessment; changes to masonry arch assessment; links to related documents for bridge assessment.

Jon Shave, Technical Director, WSP


Bridges Ten/20

Call for presenters!


We are looking for stimulating visual and verbal presentations for a lively and fast-moving informal session!


Following the day’s main proceedings, the seminar space at Bridges Scotland will transform into a forum to showcase your projects and ideas in a one-off session of concise quick-fire presentations made back-to-back in a whole conference environment.


Would you like to present an emerging project or a bright idea? Are you able to deliver your message in 3 minutes 20 seconds flat? Slides will forward automatically every 20 seconds, no pauses, no returns, no exceptions.


Subject proposals that will add to the breadth and colour of the seminar proceedings are invited from Bridges Scotland exhibitors and visitors from local authorities only.


There are no limitations on what may be proposed, but the organisers will seek to create a balanced and inspiring session. Bridges Scotland Ten/20 will be hosted by the Chair of SCOTS Bridges Group, Drew Strang.


In the first instance please e-mail a few brief lines on your proposed subject and a single accompanying image where possible. Chosen contributors will be asked to submit their 10 slides and a title at least 20 days before the conference, and to stand up and be counted on the day!


E mail submissions to by 14 October 2019.


Drew Strang, Chair of Bridges Group, Society of Chief Officers of Transportation in Scotland (SCOTS)

Thursday 14 November 2019


Welcome & Introduction

Jose Sanchez de Muniain, Editor, Bridge Design & Engineering


Changes to Eurocodes

All the Eurocodes are being revised to make them easier to use and to reduce the number of regional variations in the form of nationally determined parameters. The presentation covers the timetable for the revisions to the Eurocodes and briefly looks at some of the important changes that are in the latest draft of Eurocode 2.

Jenny Burridge, Head of Structural Engineering, The Concrete Centre


New twin-leaf swing bridge linking Renfrew and Clydebank/Yoker

Clyde Waterfront & Renfrew Riverside (CWRR) is one of the most significant projects within the £1.13 billion Glasgow City Region City Deal. CWRR will deliver major infrastructure, including the first opening road bridge across the River Clyde, and will drive economic growth, improve social and environmental conditions across the City Region and provide a new key focal point for local communities. The presentation will outline the background to the project and the key challenges to its successful delivery.

Speakers :
Chris Cardno, Operations Director, Sweco Norman Yardley, Project Manager, Renfrewshire Council


Coffee Break & exhibition Viewing


Concrete repair and protection of Galafoot Bridge in Galashiels

The presentation will examine the cementitious coating applied to the deck of the bridge in order to reinstate concrete cover. Waterproofing and resurfacing works being carried out on the deck of the bridge when the cover issue was discovered.

Andrew Hatch, Technical Sales Engineer, Flexcrete


The Bridge Inspector Certification Scheme

The Bridge Inspector Certification Scheme was promoted by UK Bridges Board and Bridge Owners Forum and launched in Jan 2016. Since its launch, and in consultation with users, further development and expansion of the scheme has been progressing to ensure it is flexible and remains relevant to the wide needs of the transport infrastructure industry. This presentation discusses the improvements to BICS, including modularisation and the future addition of specialist modules.

Hazel A McDonald, Chief Bridge Engineer, Transport Scotland


Bridges – an illustrated talk

Bruce Keith's new book, Bridgescapes, is a personal journey through history, celebrating Scotland’s bridge-building heritage. It is primarily intended for those with an interest in Scottish history and geography. The book traces the development of bridge building, with examples from the 14th century onwards, relating these structures to significant events in Scottish history.

Bruce Keith, Former President, Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management


Lunch & Exhibition Viewing


Hidden Defects and Structural Health Monitoring

The presentation will feature discussion of CIRIA C764 and the forthcoming CIRIA 788, hidden defects in critical bridge components, structural health monitoring in civil engineering, and various relevant case studies.

John Webb, Regional Director, AECOM


EN-compliant parapets

Since 2005, all vehicle restraint systems (VRS) have been required to comply with the European standard EN 1317, with the additional requirement of CE Marking being introduced in July 2013. This presentation considers how the European Norm and CE Marking are suited to real life applications. We shall explore the various containment levels being used, their hierarchy and the pertinent questions to be asked to ensure the correct product is selected. Finally, we shall look at innovation where VRS meets Noise Barrier.

Tony Everitt, Managing Director, Varley and Gulliver


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