March 2016, Sri Lanka

Bridges are an important structure, carrying a roadway over a gap to ensure continuous flow of traffic and sometimes as iconic symbols of progress. Bridge engineers play a crucial role in ensuring that the structure remains serviceable and safe during its lifetime.

A workshop on “Advance Techniques and International Standards in Bridge Design” organized by the Ministry of Higher Education and Highways (MHEH) and Road Development Authority (RDA), Sri Lanka was held on 23-24 March 2016 funded jointly by Korea Consultants International (KCI) and Korea Engineering Consultants Corp. (KECC) to equip engineers with the latest information on bridge design.

Nearly 60 engineers from Sri Lanka and Korea attended the two-day workshop held at Waters Edge, Colombo. Dr. Naveed Anwar, Executive Director, AIT Solutions and Structural Engineering Expert presented in the workshop which focused on topics including Structural Design of Bridges; Advances and Recent Trends in Modeling and Analysis of Bridges; Modeling and Design of Bridge Super Structure and Sub Structure; International Bridge Design Standards and Approaches.

The workshop is under the Capacity Building Programme of the Southern Road Connectivity Project/ Expressway Connectivity Improvement Plan, a project of Sri Lankan government with assistance from Asian Development Bank (ADB) to improve 33.5 km of national highways that link to the three interchanges on the Southern Expressway. The project will also help RDA develop a long-term expressway connectivity plan.