Bridge management project of the year

This award seeks to recognise how the bridge is maintained through its whole life with a focus on maximising use and minimising closures.

Bam UK&I
King Edward Bridge CP6 PACE Phase 2

The inspection and assessment of King Edward VII Bridge has employed several emerging technologies, using emerging and local supply chain partners to seek new, safer, more efficient ways of carrying out structural analysis, assessment and monitoring. The size and location of the structure presented significant challenges which were overcome using digital techniques to deliver a targeted inspection and monitoring scheme, alongside a comprehensive, detailed structural assessment. The outcome provided a targeted scope of repair and strengthening works which has significantly reduced the amount of work required and allowed the Network Rail team to maximise outcomes from the available funding.

Canal & River Trust
Asset Strategy for Bridges

The Canal & River Trust is the guardian of 1,913 miles of historic inland waterways across England and Wales. The maintenance of 2969 bridges is one of the many challenges civil engineers at the Trust enjoy. The Trust has an obligation to Defra to ensure a defined percentage of assets is in very good to fair condition. The creation of a defined bridges strategy, based on quality data, judgement and computational modelling has improved its strategic planning. The bridges strategy is a vital tool used by the Trust for its safe, sustainable and efficient management of its historic bridges portfolio.

Waldeck (on behalf of Waldeck, Network Rail, Nottingham Trent University, Birmingham City University)
Asset Network Rail Panoptic Bridge Management Project

Network Rail manages numerous bridge structures, requiring ongoing examination, assessment, maintenance, and repair. Traditional methods for managing these structures vary across the organisation, leading to inefficiencies in cost and time. The Panoptic Bridge Management project, developed by Waldeck, Nottingham Trent University (NTU), and Birmingham City University (BCU), aims to address these challenges. It introduces a web-based system for bridge examination and visualisation of examination data to improve safety, quality, and efficiency. By leveraging innovative technologies, the project aims to streamline on-site inspections, reducing person-hours through a comprehensive bridge management process.