Workshop on Masonry Arch Bridges 07-08 June 2018 (Madrid) / 18-19 October 2018 (Bristol)

Assessment of Masonry Arch Bridges

Railways in Europe possess more than 200,000 masonry arch bridges and culverts on their lines which represent almost 50% of their total bridge stock with an inestimable asset value. Many of them have reached the end of their theoretical service lives when judged against current codes.
Replacement of these old structures shows difficulties due to economic reasons and to the fact that many of them belong to the civil engineering heritage of the railways. Good solutions are therefore needed in optimised management and maintenance strategies and better assessing of the bridge stock.
UIC has performed the project "Masonry Arch Bridges" to respond to this requirement. The principal objective of the workshop is to present the results, i.e.:

  1. Development of an assessment framework that enables bridge owners to determine the safe working load and residual life of Masonry Arch Bridges;
  2. Development of tools for a predictive Life Cycle Management and Maintenance Planning of Masonry Arch Bridges;
  3. Best practices, case studies and new developments regarding maintenance and repair of Masonry Arch Bridges.

The results of the project are of interest for railway infrastructure owners, asset managers, bridge engineers responsible for the inspection, assessment or repair of masonry arch bridges as also for contractors involved in masonry arch bridge projects.

  • First workshop on:

07 June (from 13.00 to 18.30) and 08 June (from 8.30 to 13.30) 2018
in Fundación de los Ferrocarriles Españoles
Palacio “Fernán Nuñez”
Calle de Santa Isabel, 44
28012 Madrid, Spain

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  • second workshop on:

18 October (from 13.00 to 18.30) 19 October (from 8.30 to 13.30) 2018 in Bristol, UK

These workshops will be free for UIC members, university researchers and students and will be charged 200€ for non UIC members.


Masonry Arch Bridges workshop Programme

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