Novel materials series: Key considerations for design and build of FRP road bridges
Date & Time

20 October 2021
12:30 - 13:45 BST

Members £45.50 + VAT 
Standard £70.00 + VAT 

Student member discount available; contact [email protected]
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Novel materials series - Key considerations for design and build of FRP road bridges

Date & Time

20 October 2021
12:30 - 13:45 BST

Members £45.50 + VAT 
Standard £70.00 + VAT 

Student member discount available; contact [email protected]

Availability Places available

Novel materials and methods to achieve net zero: part 5 of 6.

The climate emergency is challenging engineers to consider a broader palette of non-traditional and/or novel structural materials. This webinar series looks at some of the alternatives, encouraging engineers to consider designing with these new materials and explaining how to deliver them successfully within projects.

This webinar focuses on fibre reinforced polymers (FRP). Glass and carbon fibre reinforced polymers (G/CFRPs) are strong, low-cost and rust-proof. FRPs offer huge potential in transforming road bridge technology – enabling light, modular, durable solutions.
Our expert panel will:
  • Outline how to design a road bridge using FRP
  • Explain when to consider using FRP in your designs
  • Discuss lessons learned from field monitoring of FRP bridges
Reasons to attend:
  • Gain an understanding of the design process for low carbon, sustainable FRP road bridges
  • Understand the fundamentals of fibre reinforced polymers
  • Learn about the latest innovations in FRP road bridge design
  • Understand the value of selecting an appropriate FRP bridge technology
  Who should attend:
  • Graduate structural engineers   
  • Design engineers         
  • Engineers working in SMEs      
  • Bridge asset managers
  • Final year MEng students working on major projects
  • Architects

About the series

This webinar is part 5 of a 6-part series on Novel materials and methods to achieve net zero. All webinars are recorded and available to purchase on-demand following the live broadcast. Benefit from a bundle discount when you book the series of six webinars here

1. How to get novel materials adopted on projects: R&D to construction - 21 April 2021
2. Designing with rammed earth - 18 May 2021
3. Designing with straw bale - 1 July 2021
4. Low carbon concrete technology - 9 September 2021
5. Key considerations for design and build of FRP road bridges - 20 October 2021
6. Timber concrete composites - 2 December 2021

Concerned about your time zone?
The webinar will be recorded and available to view on-demand for our international audience. On-demand access is included in the price of your webinar ticket.

Banner image: Craning of prefabricated lightweight Church Lane FRP road bridge onto permanent supports


Email - [email protected]


Lee Canning

Lee has been involved in the development and design of FRP bridges for over 20 years for local authorities, Network Rail and Highways England, a number of which have won industry awards for innovation and design. He has been active in disseminating the benefits of FRP bridges in various industry guidance and technical publications.

James Norman

James worked in industry on a wide variety of projects and has designed in a variety of materials including steel, concrete, timber, earth, straw and glass. In 2015 James moved full time into academia where he teaches structural design with a focus on low carbon solutions, and has been publishing in this area including Conceptual Design of Buildings (IStructE) and Designing Timber Structures (TRADA).

Wendel Sebastian

Wendel conducts research on low-carbon structures (timber-concrete composite floors, FRP bridges, prestressed stone members) that is of direct benefit to industry and feeds into design standards.  He combines numerical analysis and large-scale laboratory tests with field monitoring.  He is a consultant to multiple organisations, including Highways England and the World Bank.

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