Australia's First Steel Concrete Composite Dowel Bridge

Bridge 0270A is the first bridge project using the steel concrete composite dowel construction method in Australia.
Australia's First Steel Concrete Composite Dowel Bridge


Bridge 0270A is the first bridge project using the steel concrete composite dowel construction method in Australia. The beams selected for this bridge replacement project in the South-West Region of Western Australia consists of halved steel I-girders positioned at the soffit of the beams. This eliminates reinforcement congestion and prestressing. Steel dowels are providing the connection between the steel and concrete sections. Other benefits are reduced bridge beam depth and simplified detailing. This innovative method has proven its structural effectiveness and financial benefits backed up by years of research across Europe. The design and detailing requirements are documented in several design guides and a general building authority approval in Germany. The presentation will discuss the design, manufacturing and construction challenges as well as the identified benefits of this pilot bridge project applying the composite dowel strip design method.


Guest Speaker:

Wolfram Schwarz is a Chartered Professional Engineer with over 18 years’ experience in building and civil structural design in Germany, Australia and New Zealand. He is recognised as a technical reviewer and a trusted provider of engineering services with a passion for non-conventional design solutions. He is the Technical Executive of the Transport Structures Team in Perth acting as a principal technical resource and advisor providing solutions for clients.
Neil Westmacott has over 28 years of experience in the civil engineering profession. He has extensive experience designing and assessing bridge structures in prestressed concrete, steel-concrete composite and prestressed-concrete composite. He has been involved in bridge designs incorporating construction methods varying from heavy lift/transported structures, precast, trussed, cast-in situ and segmental construction.
Nimal Jayasekera has 33 years of career history as a Civil Engineer with wide range of Design, Construction and Project Management experience in road and bridge projects. After completion of his Master’s Degree in University of New South Wales, he started working for Main Roads Western Australia. He has been working in Structures area for last 20 years delivering major bridge projects in Main Roads WA South West Region and is the Delivery Manager Structures for this region.
Peter Newhouse (MIEAust CPEng) has worked in Main Roads WA for 18 years. Prior to that, he worked in the water industry for 18 years. While in Main Roads WA, Peter has been responsible for managing bridges on the State and National road network in the South West Region of WA. He has also worked closely with other bridge owners in the Region such as local government, by providing technical advice and programming bridge repairs and refurbishment on their behalf.

16 / 04 / 2019 - 05:30 pm to 07:00 pm
Registration Closes
16 / 04 / 2019 04:00 pm
Engineers Australia Auditorium-712 Murray Street, West perth, WA Australia 6005
712 Murray Street, West Perth
Western Australia
  • EA & Structures Panel Member Rate: $0.00 ($0.00 excl. GST)
  • Society Member Rate: $30.00 ($27.27 excl. GST)
  • Student Member Rate: $0.00 ($0.00 excl. GST)
  • Non-Member Rate: $30.00 ($27.27 excl. GST)
Key Speaker(s)
W. Schwarz, N. Westmacott, N. Jayasekera P. Newhouse
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