CPD Seminar: Introduction to Bridges

This seminar offers a general introduction to bridge design, presented by Chris Hendy, Head of Bridge Design and Technology in Atkins.

The seminar will set out the different structural forms which can be used in bridges, before discussing the factors which should be considered in developing the concept design. This will be followed by an overview of codes and standards, loading requirements, tools and techniques for structural analysis. Finally, Chris will discuss the inspection and assessment of existing bridges.

This seminar will be of interest to engineers who specialise in bridges, and will also be of relevance to those working on building and industrial projects which may involve bridge-like elements, such as walkways, elevated link corridors, vehicle access, culverts, etc.


14:30 - Registration

15.00 - Structural types:  Conventional deck bridges; post-tension bridges; cable stayed bridges; suspension bridges; arch bridges; FRP bridges.
15.45 - Concept design:  Aesthetics, bridge type, articulation and erection method, cost, maintainability, health and    safety, stakeholders and constraints, overall sustainability.
16.30 - Break
17.00 - Overview of codes and standards:  Purpose of codes and standards; Eurocodes (and National Annexes) and Euronorms; client specific standards (e.g. Transport Scotland and Network Rail); design guidance.
17.30 - Bridge loading, idealisation and analysis:  Reliability levels; types of actions and combinations; line beam and grillage models; shell and solid models; Soil Structure Interaction (SSI); footbridge dynamics; non-linear analysis.

18.30 - Bridge inspection, management and monitoring technology:  iPad orientated software; asset models; DIC (Digital Image Correlation).


Chris Hendy is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering and Head of Bridge Design and Technology in Atkins, providing technical leadership to 650 bridge engineers worldwide. He is a recognised international expert on the background and use of Eurocodes 2, 3 and 4 and was lead author on three Designers’ Guides to bridge design to EN 1992, EN 1993 and EN 1994 for Thomas Telford. 

Chris was awarded the Royal Academy of Engineering Silver Medal in 2012. The Silver Medal was established in 1994 to recognise an outstanding and demonstrated personal contribution to British engineering, which has resulted in successful market exploitation. Chris is Chairman of BSI B525/10 (the UK’s BSI bridge committee), Chairman of fib UK (international concrete committee), Chairman of the UK’s Steel Bridge Group (with SCI as secretariat) and a member of various CEN TC250 Working Groups looking after the maintenance of EN 1993-1-5, EN 1993-2 and EN 1994-2. 

Event Information

Event Status
Places Available

Event Date

14:30 for 15:00. Finishes at 19:00

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Stirling Court Hotel, University of Stirling, Airthrey Road, Stirling, FK9 4LA

Chris Hendy

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Laura Clow (0141 248 3721)

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Additional Information
Refreshments will be served on arrival and at 16:30

Limited parking will be available at the hotel, overspill parking is available in the near vicinity
This event will qualify for 4hrs CPD

IStructE Graduate Members - £60.00 
IStructE Other Members - £70.00
IStructE Non Members - £80.00
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