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Meet the engineers involved in three of Scotland's most iconic bridges at South Queensferry and hear why they think their bridge is best before having your say with an audience vote.
Members of the public are encouraged to join us as part of our Café 200 series, which shows how civil engineers transform our lives and the fascinating and rewarding career they enjoy.
The three bridges spanning the Forth at South Queensferry represent a concentration of engineering excellence with three centuries of bridge design. These bridges not only provide the valuable transport infrastructure on which our economy depends, but they also enhance Scotland's skyline and contribute to a sense of place. The iconic bridges over the River Forth attract tourists from around the world and are the finest examples of civil engineering of their age. Each bridge has a different design and represented a leap in engineering at the time it was built, breaking new records.
Our three speakers John Andrew (Forth Bridge), Ewan Angus (Forth Road Bridge) and Lawrence Shackman (Queensferry Crossing) will explain the design, engineering and societal impact to win your vote at this fun and informative event.
Registration and refreshments from 5.30pm for a 6.20pm start.
Three Bridges, Three Centuries. Why Queensferry is special
What is civil engineering: Forth Crossings
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A civil engineer with over 40 years' experience, John spent the last 26 years in a senior business development the role for Balfour Beatty, and more recently Business Development Director for Scotland and Ireland.
During this time John has played a key role in the Forth Rail Bridge Restoration Project and has significant experience in writing, presenting and broadcasting on television and radio on the project. In 2016 John was invited to make the key note presentation at a conference in Quebec Canada on the proposed restoration of the Pont du Quebec utilising key methodology pioneered during the Forth Bridge works.
John is now an independent Business Development and Community Benefits Consultant providing support to customers and contractors.
John is a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers and an ICE STEM Ambassador. He is joint curator at the ICE Scotland Civil Engineering Museum at Heriot—Watt University Edinburgh.
Ewan Angus is Major Bridges Director for Amey within their Forth Bridges Operating Contract for Transport Scotland. He is responsible for all engineering and technical matters on Forth Road Bridge, and the new Queensferry Crossing. Ewan is a chartered engineer with 38 years' experience of major road and bridge projects across the UK, working with a number of companies including Carl Bro (Sweco) for 16 years, where he became Divisional Director.
Ewan joined Amey in 2007 and worked on a number of major projects. However, in December 2015 following the discovery of a major structural fault on the Forth Road Bridge, he was appointed as Technical and Engineering Director for the Amey team responsible for identifying and rectifying the defect.
With more than 32 years' engineering experience, Lawrence was recently appointed as Transport Scotland's Head of Rail Projects, following 11 years as Project Manager for the iconic £1.35 billion Queensferry Crossing. He has extensive experience of trunk roads design, maintenance and construction, delivering many projects through management positions in the agency's network management and construction divisions.
Lawrence is currently Chair of the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) in Scotland, having been Chair of Glasgow & West of Scotland branch in 2014/15. He is a Fellow of ICE and the Chartered Institution of Highways & Transportation and is also Transport Scotland's Supervising Civil Engineer responsible for the training of ICE graduates.