Social Media and the Forth Road Bridge, Edinburgh

17 November, 2016 | 18:00 - 20:00

The closure of the Forth Road Bridge to repair a fractured truss end link was minimised thanks to the heroic efforts of engineers and use of social media.
The closure of the Forth Road Bridge to repair a fractured truss end link was minimised thanks to the heroic efforts of engineers and use of social media.

About this event

The closure of the road bridge caused significant disruption to commuters and businesses with a 33 mile diversion for over 70,000 vehicles each day. The cost to the economy was estimated at £1m a day with engineers under intense scrutiny and pressure to deliver.

Engineers worked around the clock to design, fabricate and install a repair to the fractured truss end link. The expertise and dedication shown enabled the bridge to reopen to traffic earlier than planned.

Social media was used to keep an anxious public and politicians informed. Engineers became the heroes of the hour as images of them suspended 54m above the water in challenging winter conditions went viral, showcasing civil engineering on a global stage.

Speaker

Ewan Angus

Ewan is a chartered Engineer with 34 years experience in design & construction of major transport infrastructure. Major Projects Director within the Consulting Division of Amey. Ewan led the Amey Design & Technical team who worked 24/7 to implement the Forth Road Bridge repair to allow the bridge to reopen to all traffic.

Chris Waite is a highly experienced communications professional, acknowledged as a strategic thinker and a cool head under pressure. Proven track record in media relations, channel development and event management. Experienced working with a wide range of public and private sector organisations.

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