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Graduates and Students: Challenges in design and construction of long bridge crossings, Hong Kong online

  • Webinar
  • Online
  • 11 November 2020
  • 11:00 - 12:30
Graduates and Students: Challenges in design and construction of long bridge crossings, Hong Kong online

About this event

Please note that this webinar will be held from 11 Nov 2020, 19:00 – 20:30 HK time.

The design and construction of long span bridges and long sea-crossings have to overcome specific challenges that are often unique for each project, stretching the limits of engineering knowledge to achieve record-breaking span length, the use of new emerging technologies and innovative construction techniques.

Long-span bridges have always held a fascination for civil and structural engineers. The design for long span bridges is generally driven by project-specific site constraints and requirements. The design of each long span bridge is unique, with particular consideration required for the functional requirements (e.g. navigation clearance, vessel collision risk) and site conditions (e.g. ground, design loads) of the project. The bridge will need to address these specific conditions, and also being aesthetically pleasing as such bridges often become a landmark for the region. A balance often needs to be made between structural efficiency, buildability and aesthetics.

On the other hand, although long sea crossings often employ seemingly tried and tested design approaches and construction technologies, the engineering and solution is in fact different from project to project, driven by the need of a cost-effective solution and rapid construction method which can meet tight project programme, site constraints, environmental conditions and construction budget. These sea crossings can get particularly challenging if they are built in regions which experience extreme weather conditions and seismicity, or poor geotechnical conditions dictating the foundation.

In this talk, the three speakers from Arup will give an overview of the recent development and challenges in design and construction of long-span bridges and long sea-crossings, through selected projects they worked on across the globe. These range from feasibility studies, preliminary design to detailed design and construction supervision. These projects include the completed Hong Kong Link Road, Queensferry Crossing in Scotland, Temburong Bridge in Brunei and projects that are still at the design stage such as the Bataan Cavite Interlink Bridge in the Philippines.

  • Registration will be confirmed on first-come-first-served basis, and priority will be given to ICE graduate and student members
  • Only successful applicants will receive confirmation e-mail
  • Attendance certificates will be provided for this event only if attendees attend the whole event
  • Applicants with no-show records will be given lower priority in future G&S events

Image shown, courtesy of Arup


Sammy Yip MEng, CEng MICE

Associate Director Bridges and Civil Structures Arup

Sammy Yip

Sammy is a chartered engineer with 16 years of experience in bridge projects across the globe. He joined Arup in 2009 and has since been working on the feasibility study, detailed design, independent checking and contract documentation for major bridge structures, including long span cable-stayed bridges, sea-crossing bridges and viaducts. Notable projects include Brunei Temburong Bridge, Queensferry Crossing in Scotland, Gerald Desmond Bridge in Los Angeles and Bataan Cavite Interlink Bridge in the Philippines.

He is the manager for the bridges and civil structures skills network in East Asia region in Arup. His main role is to facilitate skills development and knowledge management.

Paresh Vishnoi MTech, CEng MICE

Senior Engineer Bridges and Civil Structures Arup

Paresh Vishnoi

Paresh is a chartered civil engineer involved in infrastructure projects of various scales and stages including feasibility studies, detailed design, resident site supervision, maintenance and assessment since graduating in 2010.

His experience spans globally, with projects in Canada, Maldives, Turkey, and UK in addition to South East Asia countries. His key experience includes pre-stressed concrete, seismic design and isolation, parametric design and structural health monitoring.

Paresh has also been involved in research work including evaluation of structural health monitoring data of stonecutters bridge under recent typhoons and has recently been focusing on the application of advanced digital technologies to the engineering and construction industry.

James Pitchforth MEng, CEng MICE

Senior Engineer Bridges and Civil Structures Arup

James Pitchforth

James joined Arup as a graduate in the UK 10 years ago and is now working as a senior bridge engineer in the Hong Kong office. He has a variety of experience in the planning, design and construction of bridges and civil structures across Asia and the Americas.

He combines a strong technical background with an in depth understanding of various construction and computational design techniques, enabling him to optimize the benefits of applying this knowledge in the design of his projects.

Recently he has been investigating opportunities for applying advanced digital technologies in the AEC industry, with a focus on how these technologies can be used to drive decarbonization in the industry.

Event venue

Hong Kong

For more information please contact:

Crystal Fung

e: [email protected]