CBDG 27th Annual Conference

Institution of Structural Engineers, London, EC1V 3PS

Wednesday 19th June 2024

The influence of technology continues to be at the forefront of construction and no less so than for concrete bridges. Iron bar to improve concrete performance was used in the 1870s (Homersfield Bridge Suffolk/Norfolk borders) and reinforcement with the Hennebique system (Chewton Glen Bridge, Hampshire) in 1902. The introduction of precast, prestressing, cantilever and incrementally launched sections, pushed the boundaries further. The exponential leap in computing power in the 21st century has enabled an explosion in digital technology in all areas of design and construction and, more recently, remote assessment and inspection.

The CBDG's 27th Annual conference will discuss the influence of intelligent engineering on concrete bridges; a material with intrinsic versatility, design flexibility and, above all, natural durability.


08:15 Registration
09:30 Welcome by CBDG Chairman
Santosh Singh
09:40 Keynote address: Embracing technology: a necessity not a choice
Tim Arianpour - TfL
10:15 Comparison of the embodied carbon in concrete structures based on local code constraints
Lara Rueda, Mott MacDonald
10:45 Thame Valley Viaduct: carbon efficient DfMA viaduct for HS2
Fernando Madrazo-Aguirre, COWI
11:15 Break and exhibition
11:45 Developing a Modular Precast Flexible Bridge Abutment
Musa Chunge, Laing O'Rourke
Sam Poulson, Ramboll
12:15 Transforming construction: Scaling 3D Concrete Printing for the industry
Peter Paul Cornelissen, Saint Gobain Weber
Marijn Bruurs, Witteveen+Bos
12:45 HS2 Fulfen Wood Overbridge
Peter Paul Cornelissen, Saint Gobain Weber
Ryan Leaver, AtkinsRéalis
13:15 Lunch and exhibition
14:15 An update on TG 18: Integral Concrete Bridges
Jessica Sandberg, CBDG Technical Committee
14:30 Design of permanent structural health monitoring system of the Colne Valley Viaduct
George Kapos and Ioannis Koromilas, Rendel Ltd
15:00 Refining non-linear analysis assessment of the existing M6 Bromford Viaduct against ground movements
Stuart Moore and Thomas Wood, Mott MacDonald
15:30 Break and exhibition
16:00 Innovative monitoring technique using acoustic data collection device mounted on a drone and AI interrogate of results
Tarv Gohel, Arcadis Consulting
Josh Fowler, Niricson
16:30 Post- tensioned bridges - Improvements in the Management of Existing Structures
Donald Pearson-Kirk, WSP
17:00 Close

The conference presentations will be held in the Auditorium on the Ground Floor with breaks and lunch provided in the 1st floor Members' area. Exhibition space is available.

Refreshment will be available on arrival and at mid-morning and afternoon breaks. There will be a buffet lunch.

After the conference a drinks reception will be held in the Members' area between 17:15 and 18:15 (TBC). The optional evening dinner will commence at the Cote Restaurant, a short walk from the venue, at 18:45 (TBC).


We have exhibition space based on 2 x pop-up roller stands for each sponsor. You company logo will also appear on this website and all publicity as Sponsors. Exhibition rate includes one delegate; additional delegates charged at member rate.

For further information please contact: enquiries@cbdg.org.uk


The rates are shown in the following table. Note that where the company undertaking the booking is a CBDG member, all delegates shown on the booking form will be at member rate.

Prices exclude VAT Member rate [note a] Standard rate
£ £
1. Conference 195.00 255.00
2. Student [note b] - 85.00
3. Exhibition [note c] 365.00 415.00
4. Optional 3-course after Conference Dinner, with vegetarian/vegan alternative, at the nearby by COTE restaurant. A choice of courses will be provided and must be confirmed in advance of the conference. Drinks included. 51.00
[a] Where the company undertaking the booking is a member, all delegates will be at member rate. Conference includes all refreshments, buffet lunch and a post-conference drinks reception.
[b] Students - currently undertaking studies
[c] Exhibition space (2 x pop-up roller stands) - approx. 1.5m x 2m and table. Rate inclusive of 1 conference delegate. Additional delegates at member rate of £195
Booking form

For further information and how to get involved either as a presenter, delegate or sponsor, please contact: enquiries@cbdg.org.uk or call 01276 607140


Institution of Structural Engineers
47-58 Bastwick Street
EC1V 3PS (Click here to view in Googlemaps)


The venue has good travel access by Main line stations (Waterloo, Paddington, Kings Cross, St Pancras, Euston) and London Underground e.g. Barbican and Farringdon via Circle, Hammersmith & City, Bakerloo and Elizabeth Lines, and Old Street via the Northern Line.


There are many Hotels in and around London with good access to the venue by London Underground. The following list is just a few which are relatively close.

Yotel London City
96-100 Clerkenwell Rd, London EC1M 5RJ
Tel: 020 3146 1310

easyHOTEL London City Shoreditch
80 Old St, London EC1V 9AZ Tel: 020 3976 4890

Travelodge London Central City Road
1-23 City Rd, London EC1Y 1AG
Tel: 0871 984 6333

Sonder St. Johns Garden
120 St John St, London EC1V 4JS
Tel: 07403 925488

Malmaison London
18-21 Charterhouse Square, Barbican, London EC1M 6AH
Tel: 020 3750 9402