Maintain an effective, efficient & sustainable bridge network
Conference Date
12th - 14th August 2019
Location
Novotel Sydney Central
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Day 1 - Tuesday 13th August, 2019

8:00
Registration, coffee & networking
8:30
Welcome remarks from the Chair
Improving & innovating bridge inspection for better portfolio management
8:40
Assessing Timber Bridges: Department of Transport & Main Roads methodologies
  • TMR’s methods of assessing timber bridges
  • The rationale for having 2 methods
  • Investigating low assessment ratios to identify the highest risk structures
Bret Kershaw
Principal Engineer, Structures Management
Department of Transport & Main Roads QLD
9:20
Collaborating with the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator on load capacities
  • Sharing data on bridge capacity and condition with the regulator
  • Determining the weight of vehicles that can be allowed on bridges in the network
  • Managing expectations and collaborating for better bridge management
Peter Caprioli
Director, Heavy Vehicle Access Standards
National Heavy Vehicle Regulator
10:00
Extending the life of concrete bridges
Senior Representative
Markham
10:40
SPEED NETWORKING

In this fun, interactive session, you will have the opportunity to meet fellow attendees and speakers in 2 minute bursts, to exchange business cards and set up conversations for the rest of the event

11:10
Morning tea & networking
11:40
Practical methods for thoroughly inspecting & assessing bridges
  • Conducting level 1, 2 & 3 bridge assessments – understanding the warning signs
  • Adapting processes from structural engineers
  • Best practice to implement across your network
Parvez Shah
Senior Bridge Engineer
Roads & Maritime Services NSW
12:20
INTERNATIONAL CASE STUDY: Lessons from maintaining the Hood Canal bridge
  • How to inspect and maintain a large bridge
  • Maintenance techniques used on a large scale structure
  • Improving sustainability for a high traffic bridge
Nicholas Rodda
Floating Bridge & Special Structures Design Manager
Washington State Department of Transportation
1:00
Condition assessment & design for greater bridge durability
Ian Godson
Director - Principal Engineer
Infracorr
1:30
Networking lunch
Developing a bridge asset management plan to manage ongoing maintenance needs
2:30
INTERACTIVE ROUNDTABLE: Using technology to improve bridge lifecycles & management
  • Strengthening bridges to prolong maintenance works
  • Proactively managing bridge portfolios with new systems
3:30
Afternoon tea & networking
4:00
Optimising bridge asset management through predictive analysis
  • Determining and addressing the root cause of deterioration
  • Planning routine bridge maintenance and critical repairs
  • Estimating realistic load distributions
Thomas Cooper
Senior Executive Structures & Bridges
WSP
4:40
Developing bridge fabrication capabilities in house for local government
  • Identifying the benefits of in-house fabrication over contracting out
  • Advancing technical skills to construct more sustainable bridges
Matthew Leibrandt
Manager Infrastructure Services
Nambucca Shire Council
5:20
Closing remarks from the Chair & close of Day One
5:30
NETWORKING DRINKS

Day 2 - Wednesday 14th August, 2019

8:00
Welcome, coffee & networking
8:30
Welcome remarks from the Chair
Applying modern engineering techniques to renew & replace ageing bridges
8:40
Load capacity testing to determine bridge upgrades
  • Case study: Pykes Creek Bridge
  • Techniques to strengthen a bridge
  • Managing traffic flow to ease impact on your community
Senior Representative
VicRoads
9:20
Innovative methods for determining the structural condition of a bridge
Senior Representative
Mainmark
10:00
SPOTLIGHT SESSION

Get to know the room in this session, as delegates share their challenges. This session is a great opportunity to collectively discuss and solve problems that road and infrastructure authorities responsible for bridges around the country are facing.

10:30
Morning tea & networking
11:10
INTERNATIONAL CASE STUDY: Optimised asset management of bridges
  • Pragmatic advice and examples of how asset management actually applies to bridges
  • Condition & performance management of bridges
  • Risk management of bridges
Barry Wright
National Structures Manager
New Zealand Transport Authority
Innovating to extend the life-cycle of your bridge network
11:50
A case for timber for bridges
  • Understanding the applications and limitations of non destructive testing
  • Analysing when in the asset lifecycle is is best to undertake non destructive testing
David Richards
Director
Evolution Forest Products
12:20
Networking lunch
1:20
Refurbishing timber bridges: A case for renewal over replacement
  • Exploring the new technologies for renewing timber bridges
  • Comparing ongoing expenses for a refurbished bridge to a new one
  • Managing load limits and restrictions during renewal
Dylan Reeves
Director Engineering Services
Walcha Council
2:00
CASE STUDY: North Melbourne Flyover – in-situ monitoring as means of the design life extension
  • Measuring horizontal movements at the supports through displacement transducers
  • Monitoring over 12 months for informed decision making
  • Assessing how to extend the design life of the structure beyond the expected 100 years
Michal Krotofil
Principal Bridge Engineer
SMEC
2:40
Afternoon tea & networking
3:10
Designing & constructing more sustainable bridges
  • Ensuring that future load capacity is considered in design
  • Incorporating sustainable materials into the design
  • Preparing for the future when designing new bridge structures
John Hilton
Global Service Leader Bridges & Structures
Aurecon
3:50
Learnings from problematic bridges
  • Case studies of bridge defects, failures and issues
  • Important considerations for bridge asset managers
John Langton
Structures Construction & Maintenance Manager
Brisbane City Council
4:30
Closing remarks from the Chair & close of Conference
Workshop A: How to improve network performance, safety & maintenance through integral bridges
Monday 12th August 2019, 1:00pm – 4:00pm

The workshop

Integral bridges, that is bridges involving a partial or complete fixity between the substructure and superstructure, offer an array of benefits to the asset owner. This starts with the improved safety during the construction, better structural performance as well as user experience. Furthermore, when well designed and executed, the integral bridges are virtually maintenance-free as they lack the elements requiring the regular inspections, that is expansion joints and bearings. The workshop will provide attendees with a systematic overview of the key features of the integral bridges along with clear demonstration of the above outlined benefits.

Attend & learn how to

  • Understand how integral bridges can be used as alternatives in bridge replacements
  • Manage the ongoing costs associated with integral bridges
  • Develop skills in technical procedures for safer bridges

*Refreshments provided

Price: $399 + GST

Michal Krotofil
Principal Bridge Engineer
SMEC
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Workshop B: Practical strategies for maintaining a high use bridge
Monday 12th August 2019, 4:30pm – 7:30pm

The workshop

Failure of a bridge not only disrupts travel routes for the community and industry, but it can also be fatal. The Washington State Department of Transportation maintains a wide network of critical structures and undertakes ongoing work to maximise the useful life of bridges. The Department does significant work to minimise and avoid catastrophic failures including renewal and retrofit of ageing structures.

As Australian bridges age or face higher levels of traffic, it’s becoming more and more necessary to alter the maintenance frequency and reassess the upkeep of the structure. Developing your inspection and maintenance techniques can assist in reducing time and costs on managing bridges, and allow for greater durability of assets.

In this workshop, delegates will learn practical tips from the Washington State Department of Transportation on how to effectively maintain a high traffic bridges that are crucial to the road network.

Attend & learn how to

  • Mitigate the risk of failure by identifying early warning signs
  • Have a plan in place for emergency works
  • Renew and reassess maintenance and asset planning
  • Overcome challenges in carrying out works during high traffic areas

*Refreshments & dinner provided

Price: $399 + GST

Nicholas Rodda
Floating Bridge & Special Structures Design Manager
Washington State Department of Transportation
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Key Speakers

Nicholas Rodda
Floating Bridge & Special Structures Design Manager
Washington State Department of Transportation
John Hilton
Global Service Leader Bridges & Structures
Aurecon
Dylan Reeves
Director Engineering Services
Walcha Council
Barry Wright
National Structures Manager
New Zealand Transport Authority