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Outstanding Aurecon Bridge projects featured at conference

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16 May 2011 - Three of Aurecon’s leading Bridge engineers spoke at the 4th Australia Small Bridges Conference during May in Melbourne.

A highlight for Marcia Prelog, Aurecon’s Senior Civil Engineer was new developments and innovative design solutions. Marcia had presented with the Roads Traffic Authority (RTA) on the restoration of the Tharwa Bridge, the oldest four span Allan truss bridge in Australia.

“Our presentation, ‘Tharwa Bridge Restoration’, focused on innovative changes to the original design to increase the capacity and durability of the overall structure, while decreasing future maintenance and ensuring a more sustainable use of timber in bridgeworks of this type,” said Marcia.

Through collaboration with all parties, Aurecon was able to provide detailed design services upholding client and community expectations and providing a new timber structure with increased load capacity while still meeting heritage requirements.

Other popular topics included maintenance, asset management and sustainability.

Another speaker, Ken O’Neill, Aurecon’s Senior Bridge Engineer said, “In recent times, our clients are commissioning new pedestrian and cyclist bridges due to increased sustainability awareness within the community.”
Ken’s presentation, titled ‘Falcon Street Pedestrian and Cyclist Bridge’ focused on the integration of client, community, consultant and contractor to deliver a complex 195m long bridge within a built up urban environment for the RTA of New South Wales, Australia.

Ken added “The bridge crosses 19 lanes of the Warringah Freeway and required a teamwork approach to successfully deliver the project.”

Alliance project, ‘The Southern Queensland Accelerated Road Rehabilitation Project Alliance – Bridge Design, was presented by Debbie McMillan, Aurecon’s Civil Structures Engineer. “There are hundreds of ageing timber bridges on the state controlled road network in Queensland, many of these bridges are 60 to 80 years old and carry loads well in excess of their original design capacity,” said Debbie.

This project successfully delivered the accelerated replacement of 28 of these bridges in 28 months.

All three presentations are available for download from the Downloads section located on this page.

Aurecon will also feature prominently at the 8th AustRoads Bridge Conference held at the Sydney Convention Centre on 31 October – 5 November 2011. Eleven bridge projects will be presented, highlighting our unique breadth of local knowledge combined with advanced technical capability to respond to all clients’ needs.

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