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The Institution of Structural Engineers – CPD Seminar

Posted by on Sep 4, 2017 in Composite Footbridges, Footbridge Supplier, FRP Footbridges, Lifespan Structures | 0 comments

The Institution of Structural Engineers – CPD Seminar

Director John Drewett is presenting a paper on Fibre Reinforced Polymer (FRP) Composites at the IStructE CPD on Alternative Materials in Sterling on the 19th September 2017. The presentation will cover the following; • Introduction to FRP composites • History of FRP composites in construction • Recent case studies • Cost/benefit comparison with traditional materials • Environmental benefits See John on Tuesday 19th Sept 2017 2:30pm for 3:00pm at Stirling Court Hotel, University of Stirling, Airthrey Rd, Stirling, FK9 4LA To register please email the form below to...

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Bird Ridding Footbridge, North Yorkshire

Posted by on Aug 12, 2017 in Bridge Design and Engineering Footbridge Special, Composite Footbridges, composites in construction, FRP Footbridges, Lifespan Structures | 0 comments

Bird Ridding Footbridge, North Yorkshire

Following the successful design and installation of a new FRP footbridge at Bird Ridding for North Yorkshire County Council, we have added a detailed case study to our website. The bridge was designed to Highways England Design Guide BD90/05 with material safety factors from CUR Commission C124 Recommendation 96 Fibre Reinforced Polymers in Civil Load Bearing Structures CUR Gouda September 2003 For more information about the bridge please contact us.

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CompIC Conference Amsterdam February 2017

Posted by on Feb 3, 2017 in Lifespan Structures | 0 comments

CompIC Conference Amsterdam February 2017

John Drewett presented a case study based around a project called Sedlescombe Bridge and showing the benefits of the use of FRP materials for simple but elegant footbridges both in terms of Whole Life Costing and Environmental Impact. The FRP footbridge at Sedlescombe in East Sussex was installed in early 2015 and the presentation showed how the use of FRP compares to traditional materials such as timber and steel for a project of this type. The presentation showed whole life costing comparisons between the normal forms of construction typically used for this type of bridge and demonstrated how whilst a timber bridge maybe cheapest at capital cost stage, that as soon as maintenance is required the FRP bridge becomes the most beneficial in terms of whole life cost. As time progresses this benefit becomes greater allowing the client to minimise maintenance costs and extend the lifespan of his asset. Due to the lightweight nature of the materials it can be demonstrated that the FRP solution has environmental benefits both in terms of embodied energy and carbon dioxide using a cradle to gate...

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Bridging The Gap CPD

Posted by on Sep 7, 2016 in Composite Footbridges, composites in construction, Footbridge Supplier, FRP Footbridges, Lifespan Structures | 5 comments

Bridging The Gap CPD

Lifespan Structures are offering a CPD to Clients and Designers of bridges in the use of FRP Composites in construction of footbridges. This CPD sets out to discuss the various forms of footbridge construction in the UK and show how the use of an FRP composite structure bridges the gap between the benefits in whole life costing and capital cost that exists with many traditional solutions. When selecting any footbridge, consideration needs to be given to factors such as; capital cost, aesthetics, speed and ease of installation, maintenance intervention, anticipated service life, whole life costs and replacement costs. The use of case studies is used to demonstrate how an FRP footbridge solution compares to other forms of construction. Utilisation of a standardised bridge form has allowed Lifespan Structures to develop a footbridge specifically designed to provide a cost effective, low maintenance, durable, composite solution for bridges, with up to 20m span and in a variety of widths suitable for footbridges. This approach means that the capital costs of a composite footbridge are now in line with those of traditional steel and timber structures, allowing owners to take full advantage of the whole life cost...

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Lifespan FRP Bridge 18 Months Old

Posted by on Sep 7, 2016 in Composite Footbridges, Footbridge Supplier, FRP Footbridges, Lifespan Structures | 0 comments

Lifespan FRP Bridge 18 Months Old

The FRP Bridge at Sedlescombe was recently inspected and was found to still looking great! The structure has regular foot traffic as people walk to the recreation area from the village.  The bridge was aesthetically designed to blend in with its surrounding environment and it now looks very much part of the landscape. Designed to Highways England Standard BD90/05 and constructed from FRP using resin infused techniques the bridge was installed by client West Sussex County Council.  

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