Back to All Events

Seminar: Bridge Engineers Skills

  • Graduate House 220 Leicester Street Carlton, VIC, 3053 Australia (map)

Finite Element Analysis for the design of integral bridges and the assessment of steel bridges


Steve Rhodes is a Chartered Civil Engineer with 20 over years experience in structures, primarily bridge engineering.  Since graduating from Bristol University in 1994, he has mostly been engaged on design and assessment projects, ranging between design of a 450m long launched post-tensioned viaduct to management of a stock of 5,000 existing small and medium-sized structures.  He spent 3 years on the technical support helpline for an FE analysis firm (LUSAS), encountering good and bad practice every day and assisting on a huge range of analysis problems.  Returning to LUSAS in 2008, he is now responsible for writing and delivering training courses internationally and providing advice to clients on application of FE technology in live projects.


Stewart Morrison graduated from Imperial College London with an honours degree in Aeronautical Engineering. A chartered engineer (Fellow) with the Institute of Mechanical Engineers in the UK, he also a Registered Analyst under the NAFEMS scheme (now PSE scheme), and a member of the NAFEMS Council of Management. 
Since graduation, Stewart has spent over 25 years in the engineering service industry. For the last 12 years, Stewart has worked at LUSAS (FEA) Limited and has been involved in a sales and marketing role, but he keeps a very keen eye on the analytical side of the Business. He now works in the Role of LUSAS Sales Manager


Use of FE in the design of integral bridges

  1. Earth pressures in integral bridges & soil ratcheting
  2. Limiting equilibrium approaches
  3. Effective modelling of the structure
  4. Soil-structure interaction
  5. Ways of representing soil
  6. Soil continuum and nonlinear materials
  7. Soil springs 
  8. Ways of representing the soil-structure interface

These topics will be illustrated with reference to various common integral bridge types.

Bridge H01 During Construction

Bridge H01 During Construction

Use of FE in the assessment of steel bridges

  1. Bridge deck types and appropriate modelling approaches
  2. Locked-in stresses & lack of fit in historic structures 
  3. Key differences between design and assessment
  4. Buckling: theory, reality, codes of practice, elastic buckling, nonlinear buckling
  5. Plasticity
  6. Local models and embedded models
  7. Stress concentrations and other modelling issues

These topics will be illustrated with reference to typical steel bridge types.

Buckling analysis of an existing steel bridge

Buckling analysis of an existing steel bridge

Ticket Details

Cost:  $715 (full) +GST ; $585 (for IStructE members) +GST
(early bird rate $495 + GST, until 31 March 2016)

*Clicking Buy Tickets will take you to an external Eventbrite website.

More Information

Need to know more? Please email David here, or use the form on our Contact Page.

Earlier Event: May 5
The Bridge Lunch Hour Series
Later Event: July 7
Read the Bible Lunch Hour Series