Multi-span suspension bridges: State of the art, London

24 April, 2017 | 18:30 - 20:00

State of the art multi-span suspension bridges.
State of the art multi-span suspension bridges.

About this event

The presentation outlines the problems associated with this bridge form, primarily caused by increased flexibility, and the ways that they can be and have been overcome. The similarities with modern multi-span cable stay bridges such as Queensferry and Mersey are discussed.

Actual bridges where they exist (or formerly existed) are referred to and the presentation also looks at some current and proposed future projects using multiple-span suspension bridges.

This event will focus on the technical aspects of engineering.

Event materials

The following materials are available for download:


David Collings, Technical Director at Arcadis

David is a Chartered Engineer with 37 years' experience of major civil engineering projects in the UK and overseas. He has been responsible for many major bridges in the UK and elsewhere, including the BCI Award winning UK-Bangladesh friendship Bridge. He has worked in Kuala Lumpur where he led the technical team working on several major bridge and viaduct projects including the 17km Second Penang Crossing recently awarded the ICE Brunel Prize.

David has been active in various industry groups and is a past chairman of the UK Post Tensioning Association and IABSE Malaysia. He currently lectures and carries out research at the University of Surrey and is a Technical Director at Arcadis. He was awarded the Telford prize for his paper on in-plane membrane actions in slabs. In all his work, quality, economy, elegance and constructability are key factors. David is renowned for making the complex simple.