The history of bridge design and construction, Chatham

22 March, 2016 | 18:00 - 20:00

Rochester bridge under construction.
Rochester bridge under construction.

About this event

This is the first in a series of meetings being hosted jointly by ICE and IMechE.

From the earliest structures in human history, the need for new bridges has led to constant innovation and ingenuity. Bridges are perhaps one of the earliest and best illustrations of the art and science of civil engineering – that of directing the great sources of power in nature for the use and convenience of man's ambition.

The practical, political, economic and religious importance of bridges over the centuries strongly influenced the development of bridge design and materials. This illustrated lecture will consider how those factors at key points in the history of civil engineering, together with the contribution of some important engineering personalities, led to the establishment of six main bridge types: beam, truss, arch, cantilever, cable-stayed and suspension.

Our speaker, Sue Threader is a Chartered Civil Engineer, who worked for several local authorities and in the private sector as a civil engineer and transportation planner. She held the post of Deputy Chief Executive of a local authority in Surrey until she was appointed as the Bridge Clerk (Chief Executive) of the Rochester Bridge Trust in January 2006.

Sue is the Chairman of the Institution of Civil Engineers' Historical Engineering Group for Kent & East Sussex and was recently awarded the honorary Doctor of Science degree by the University of West London for her work to promote civil engineering to young people and for being a role model for women in engineering. She has written a book on bridge building for primary schools.

Event materials

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