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The Severn Bridge: from concept to 50 years in service
The presentation explains the historical basis for a crossing at the site, before exploring the development of the design concept between 1945 and 1962, and the construction between 1962 and 1966.
The two major phases of strengthening, in the 1970s and 1980s, are covered before discussing some recent maintenance challenges.
After an early career working on varied projects including an experimental dry board mill, which presented an unusual challenge due to its propensity for dust explosions, an engine test bed for British Leyland, and a napthalene distillation facility for British Steel, Adrian began working on the Severn Bridge as a Structural Inspector in 1980. He remained on the Severn Bridge until 1996 when he took up the post of Maintenance Inspector on the newly opened Second Severn Crossing.
In 2005 he became Assistant Chief Engineer for both Severn Crossings, having completed his MEng with the Open University in the meantime. Although (slightly) too young to have a personal recollection of the construction of the Severn Bridge he has witnessed the evolution of the structure over the last 35 years, including major strengthening in the 1980s and the installation of main cable dehumidification in 2007-2008.