Well the Bridge and Concrete Research in Ireland (BCRI) conference, held on 6/7 September 2012, and co-chaired by myself and Dr Alan O’Connor of Trinity College Dublin seemed to go very well. There has been very positive feedback and some very good suggestions for future events. I won the Young Researcher Award (from an independent… Read More


On 27 May 2012 San Franciscans showed the world just how much the Golden Gate bridge means to them with an amazing fireworks display to celebrate 75 years of service. At the time it was built it was the longest bridge in the world and many said it could not be done. Having visited it… Read More


The paper Enhancement factors for the vertical response of footbridges subjected to stochastic crowd loading has been published in the prestigious Computers & Structures journal. This has an impact factor of 1.719 for 2010. This paper proposes a method of determining statistical enhancement factors to apply to single pedestrian responses to obtain corresponding crowd-induced vibration… Read More


The video of spaghetti bridge world record test is below. The bridge weighed 0.982 kg and held 443.58 kg before failing spectacularly. This is an amazing strength-to-weight ratio of almost 452 and beat the previous world record by 92 kg. It was built by two Hungarian students, Aliz Totivan and Norbert Pozsonyi and tested at… Read More


There are some quite serious sites that point out the importance of units in engineering calculations, but a less serious result of an error is the guy who got the wrong slipper! See the news report here.… Read More