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A decade in the life of Clifton Suspension Bridge

The Clifton Suspension Bridge continually sets engineering challenges that must be addressed in a sympathetic and understanding manner, if it is to be preserved in perpetuity.

The 2017 Sutherland History Lecture presents a review of the bridge over the past decade.

Since 2006, Flint & Neill (and its subconsultant, Geo-Design) has acted as engineer to the Clifton Suspension Bridge Trust. The lecture explains how the initial focus on maintenance activities was redressed by the failure of a single component in 2009, leading to a holistic review of risk and the re-development of maintenance strategies.

Aspects such as articulation, aerodynamic stability, corrosion, knowledge management and emergency response are discussed.


E J Rees, Flint & Neill Limited

A S Mulcahy Flint & Neill Limited

R A N Mackean, Geo-Design

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