Design of Concrete Bridges

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Wednesday, 24 March 2021
6:00 PM - 8:30 PM


City of Melbourne Bowls Club
Corner William Street & Dudley Streets , Melbourne West Melbourne VIC 3003


There is a transport infrastructure boom and, consequently, a huge need for concrete bridges. Structural design engineers, bridge engineers, constructors; come along to our March seminar to hear about the latest in bridge design and construction, based on recent major projects in Melbourne such as the Level Crossing Removal Program, railway viaducts and the West Gate Tunnel freeway bridges.

Our presenters are three eminent practicing bridge engineers:

• David Huggett from SMEC
• Dan Tofful from Aurecon, and
• Liam Ingram from KBR. 
Come early to network with the speakers and industry colleagues while enjoying light finger food and drinks.

Covid-19 Safety Measurements
Due to current covid safety concerns around gathering, this there is a strict limit of numbers for this event - 30 only. If you are unable to attend, please let us know so that someone else can attend instead.

All participants at this event must adhere to covid-safe practices. These include -

* Registration of full name and contact details for contact tracking purposes
* Use of hand sanitiser and/or hand washing on entering the venue
* Social distancing
* Elbow-bumps replacing handshakes
* Wearing a mask.

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If you have any booking issues, call Solonge directly on 0459 59 00 25 or head office on (02) 9955 1744 for a manual booking. Please note that registrations are essential as walk ins are not accepted.



CIA Members $76.00 Non CIA Members $99.00 CIA Student Members $38.00


David Huggett

Daniel Tofful

Liam Ingram


David Huggett (SMEC)
David is a Senior Associate for Bridges and Structures at SMEC in Melbourne. David has fourteen years’ experience in the design of bridges and other transport structures. He has experience working on large-scale infrastructure projects in Australia and overseas.
David has been involved in a variety of aspects of the bridge and transport structures life-cycle, including feasibility studies, reference and tender design, detailed design and assessment and strengthening. He also has extensive experience designing and providing on-site technical advice of remedial works for damaged structures, including bridges and tunnels.
David’s affiliations include:
• Chartered Structural Engineer – The Institution of Structural Engineers (MIStructE)
• Chartered Professional Engineer – Engineers Australia (CPEng)

Topic Title
Recent Trends in Prestressed Concrete Bridge Design and Construction

About this Presentation
Bridge design and construction practises are constantly evolving, with new practises developed and existing practises improved to suit ever changing site constraints and challenges.

This presentation will provide an overview of recent bridge design and construction practises in Victoria. A number of recent projects will be discussed, dissecting the advantages and disadvantages of the various design and construction practises used.

Daniel Tofful
Daniel is a Chartered Professional Engineer with over 11 years of experience in bridge and civil structures design. He has been responsible for the delivery of significant design packages on major infrastructure projects across Australia and New Zealand including road, rail and pedestrian bridges. Most recently Daniel has been involved with the design and construction of precast segmental box girder viaducts for the Caulfield to Dandenong Level Crossing Removal Project and the WestGate Tunnel Project.

Topic Title
Precast Segmental Box Girder Bridges

About this Presentation
The use of precast segmental construction for bridgeworks is a popular choice for large scale linear infrastructure. Entire bridge cross sections can be precast offsite with a higher degree of quality control. This construction technique offers a fast, economic and versatile solution for longer bridges with uniform and repetitive geometry. This presentation will provide an overview of current precast segmental construction practices, precasting methods and erection techniques and important design considerations; with an emphasis on recent project experience in Melbourne.

Liam Ingram (KBR)
Liam Ingram is a principal structural engineer with KBR. He has worked extensively on bridges and associated infrastructure projects with detailed experience in concrete bridge design. His recent experience has focused on the rail environment where he has worked in both design, proof engineering and design management of multiple level crossing removal projects from tender to completion. In this program he has had the opportunity to develop the innovative U-Trough precast girder and lead its design evolution over multiple projects.

Topic Title
Development and evolution of the U-Trough Girder Bridges

About this Presentation
The U-Trough is a prestressed and/or post tensioned precast concrete rail bridge structure. It was an innovative new beam type suited for fast roll out on rail viaduct structures with considerably reduced structural depth over the traditional Super T solution. The beam aimed to match the speed of construction benefits of the Super T but with improved urban design outcomes. The U-Trough has undergone significant changes and design development. This presentation will discuss the evolution of the U-Trough from the first design to the current solutions with the justifications behind each shift.


6.00 - 6:30PM    Refreshments / Networking
6.30 - 6.45 PM   Welcome / About the Institute
6.45 - 8.30 PM   Presentations
8:30 PM             Event closes



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