Designing, fabricating and constructing the FLOW bridge
Date & Time

22 May 2024
18:00 - 19:30 BST

Location

Online

Price

Free

Designing, fabricating and constructing the FLOW bridge

Designing, fabricating and constructing the FLOW bridge

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Lecture
Date & Time

22 May 2024
18:00 - 19:30 BST

Location

Online

Price

Free

A technical lecture uncovering the evolution of Network Rail’s FRP footbridge from concept to construction.

Shortlisted at the Structural Awards 2023, FLOW Bridge is Network Rail’s innovative modular composite fibre-reinforced polymer footbridge, developed as a standard design to be used nationally and conceived to improve the safety of level-crossings throughout the UK railway network. The eye-catching design is considerably cheaper and lighter than a conventional steel bridge equivalent, and lower in carbon footprint.
 
Among its most defining features, the bridge has a modular deck and a supporting spine, which act compositely via an innovative ‘gravity clamp’ mechanism and shear lugs, and a special layout that removes the typical 90-degree corner at the top of the stairs, providing users with greater visibility of the onward route.
 
The engineers behind this prototype’s design will discuss the challenges encountered and how they were overcome, before delving into considerations on modular design using composite materials.

Speakers

Andy Cross Engineering Expert, Network Rail

Andy led the development of the innovative FLOW bridge. With over 30 years of railway civil engineering experience, he has held various roles, recently as Structures Route Asset Manager in the Welsh region. Andy’s main area of expertise is bridges, and he has notably been involved with the FRP footbridge at Dawlish Station and the development of standard designs.

Ahmad Kamara Principal Design Engineer, Network Rail

Ahmad is the lead designer of Network Rail’s innovative FLOW Bridge which won 8 awards. He has over 23 years of experience in the assessment, design and life cycle analysis of bridges and structures in highways, railway and ports and marine sectors. Ahamd is currently developing standard design for FLOW Bridge and leading improvements in design efficiencies, constructability and innovation.

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Email - [email protected]

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