Cameron Blackwell

Cameron Blackwell
Cameron Blackwell

Designing cost-effective bridge replacements.

Summary
Cameron’s placement project was to determine the most cost effective way of replacing two damaged interchange bridges on the M5.  Approaching the task, Cameron undertook a great deal of self-guided study, consulting design standards and learning new computer programmes.  He then set about designing a bridge which would adhere to traffic flow and vehicle load requirements but would also prove cost-effective and minimally disruptive in its construction.

In addition to the bridge, Cameron designed temporary roundabouts to be used during their construction period. 

Results
Cameron‘s design for a 45m span bridge was verified as accurate and subsequently chosen by Balfour Beatty Mott MacDonald as the preferred option for the works.  The bridge design is cost effective – both in initial price and whole life review – and fits well over the foundations of the previous structures.  Cameron’s roundabout design was also agreed to be effective and will be used when the new bridges are in construction.

“Throughout the year Cameron has been a conscientious employee. His ability matches that of graduates with several years experience.  If I was given the opportunity of employing Cameron in the future I would jump at the chance”.


David Hornblower, Senior Structures Engineer, Balfour Beatty Mott MacDonald

Source: 
EDT