Digital bridges

Tony Gee, Laing O’Rourke and Cambridge University are undertaking a joint research project entitled “Digitally enabling the design for manufacture, assembly and maintenance of bridges.”

The two year project, co-funded by Innovate UK, the UK’s innovation agency, aims to speed up bridge design and delivery, improving efficiency and reliability whilst reducing overall costs by rationalising design and automating routine processes through digital engineering. This will allow the most common bridge types and bridge parts to be standardised for off-site manufacture, configured to each particular design and delivered using advanced computerised manufacturing techniques used in the aero and automotive sectors.

Ultimately the benefits for Bridge Owners will be reduced overall cost, accelerated delivery, improved safety by removing on site work, improved reliability and increased industry capacity.

Further information about the project can be found here.

April 2015

Digital images of the A453