Tuesday 10 April 2018

Masonry Arch Bridges Workshop to be held from 7 – 8 June in Madrid and from 18 – 19 October in Bristol

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At the initiation of the PoSE-Group, UIC is organising a Masonry Arch Bridges Workshop at the Fundación de los Ferrocariles Españoles (FFE) in Madrid from the afternoon of 7 June to the morning of 8 June 2018.

The final programme, a map of how to get to FFE, a list of hotels in Madrid and the registration form can be found at:


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.
The replacement of these old structures is experiencing difficulties due to economic reasons and 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 conducted the Masonry Arch Bridges project to respond to these requirements. The principal objective of the workshop is to present the results, i.e.:

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

The results of the project are of interest to railway infrastructure owners, asset managers, bridge engineers responsible for the inspection, assessment or repair of masonry arch bridges as well as for contractors involved in masonry arch bridge projects.
This workshop will be free for UIC members and will cost 200€ for non UIC members.
If you are unable to attend this first workshop, there will be a second one in Bristol from 17 – 18 October 2018.


Dr Adrienn Tomor University of West of England, UK, Senior Lecturer
Dr Jose Martín-Caro INES Consultores, Spain, General Director, Chief Engineer
Dr Paul Fanning University College Dublin, Ireland, Associate Professor
Prof M Gilbert Univ. of Sheffield, UK, Full Professor
Prof W. Harvey Bill Harvey Associates, UK, Full Professor
Dr Zoltan Orban University of Pécs, Hungary, Associate Professor

Schedule of the workshop:

7 June: 13.30-18.30
13.30 – 14.00: Welcome and introduction
14.00 – 14.30: General information on the UIC Masonry Arch Bridges project
14.30 – 15.30: Behaviour, inspection and assessment of masonry arch bridges
15.45 – 17.00: Inspection and testing for assessment
17.00 – 18.30: Analysis tools for assessment

8 June: 08.30 – 13.30
08.30 – 10.30: Serviceability, permissible load, life expectancy
10.45 – 11.30: Maintenance and repair
11.30 – 13.30: Case studies, new developments and discussions

Link to the full programme:


Please feel free to contact Christine Hassoun for further information at hassoun@uic.org

Or register at: https://events.uic.org/workshops-on-masonry-arch-bridges

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