The Walter Taylor Bridge Brisbane: Florianopolis Australis

The Walter Taylor Bridge at Indooroopilly in Brisbane is a rare worldwide example of the Florianopolis type combining suspension bridge and truss bridge technologies
The Walter Taylor Bridge Brisbane: Florianopolis Australis

The Walter Taylor Bridge Brisbane: Florianopolis Australis

Stuart’s presentation explores the history of the Walter Taylor Bridge over the Brisbane River at Indooroopilly in Queensland Australia, completed in 1936. The bridge is a rare example of the Florianopolis type, originated by David B Steinman. His bridge, however, and those by others, used eye bar suspension chains, while the cable at Indooroopilly consists of wire ropes salvaged from the tie-back cables used in construction of the Sydney Harbour Bridge. The bolted clamps that connect the stiffening trusses to the wire rope cables were developed specifically for the bridge at Indooroopilly, and these two features make the bridge unique. When it was opened the bridge had the second longest span in Australia, only exceeded by the then new bridge over Sydney Harbour. Design provenance is clouded by uncertainties, although it is now generally accepted that several significant engineers of the day were involved. The bridge is well maintained and remains in service. There will be opportunity for discussion.


Meet your Speaker

Stuart Rothwell - MIEAust CPEng APEC Engineer IntPE(Aus)

Stuart Rothwell graduated from Monash University in 1973 and apart from a couple of bohemian years in his late twenties - spent travelling around the world - has worked on civil engineering projects since that time.

Most of his career has been spent in Australia, although he did work for a year in London, designing high-rise buildings in the Middle East. He has also worked on short assignments in New Guinea and Singapore.

He has been involved in an eclectic range of projects including motorways, bridges, oil refineries, coal mines, sewage treatment works, land development projects, water supply dams, residential schemes and shopping facilities. In a world of increasing specialisation, Stuart remains attracted to the concept of the generalist, able to engage in a broad range of engineering activities.

Stuart has a long-standing interest in the history of civil engineering, and serves on the Heritage Committee of Engineers Australia’s Queensland Division.

An advocate for the principle that aesthetics should be taught in engineering schools, Stuart maintains a dilettante interest in architectural trends and modern art, and is a keen sketcher and painter of nondescript urban scenes, outback landscapes and unreliable portraits.

He is the immediate past President of ASCE’s Australia Section.

11 / 11 / 2019 - 05:30 pm to 07:00 pm
Registration Closes
11 / 11 / 2019 05:00 pm
Engineers Australia Hawken Auditorium
447 Upper Edward Street
Spring Hill
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Stuart Rothwell
Engineering Heritage, Queensland
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