Tuesday 24 September 2019

Third UIC Masonry Arch Bridges Workshop to be held from 17 – 18 October 2019 at the University of Pécs, Hungary

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After two successful editions of the “UIC Masonry Arch Bridges” Workshop in 2018 (Madrid and Bristol), UIC, at the initiative of the PoSE-Group, is organising the third edition from 17 October pm to 18 October am, 2019. This workshop will be one of the main events taking place during the “MIK Partners’ day”, a sustainability event organised and hosted by the University of Pécs.

Registration for this workshop is mandatory and free of charge. Places are limited and will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis.

Some background on Masonry Arch Bridges and the UIC Workshop:

There are over 200,000 masonry arch bridges and culverts in the European railways network, representing almost 50% of the total bridge stock in Europe with an incalculable asset value. Most of these bridges are over 100 years old and would be considered to have reached the end of their theoretical service lives if compared to current design codes.

Masonry arch bridges have, however, stood the test of time and proved to be highly sustainable long-lasting structures, not only with high aesthetic value, but with considerable resilience and capacity reserve.

Appropriate management of masonry arches is key to maintaining them in a safe and serviceable condition. Infrastructure managers and bridge engineers have to find ways to preserve these beautiful bridges in a manner that will allow them to continue to serve their function, without altering their appearance or architectural integrity.

To respond to these requirements, UIC has carried out a project on ‘Masonry Arch Bridges’ and published the IRS 70778-3 “Recommendations for the inspection, assessment and maintenance of masonry arch bridges”.

Renowned bridge experts and scientific researchers will present the main outcomes of the project, focusing on:

1. Structural behaviour
2. Deterioration, inspection, monitoring
3. Assessment
4. Serviceability, permissible load, life expectancy
5. Repair, strengthening, extension of service life
6. Further research activities for sustainability

This third workshop is likely to be of great interest to railway and road infrastructure owners, asset managers, bridge engineers and contractors responsible for the inspection, assessment and maintenance of masonry arch bridges in the transport network.

Please contact Christine Hassoun for further information:


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