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    Royal Society of Edinburgh
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The Design and Construction of Queensferry Crossing: A Unique 3-Tower cable Stay Bridge

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Joint Lecture

The Queensferry Crossing is a three-tower cable stay bridge with stay cables crossed at midspan to stabilise the central tower. This is the first use of crossed cables on a large bridge, resulting in three slim mono towers that are visually sympathetic to the existing two towers of the Forth Road Bridge and the three cantilevers of the Railway Bridge. The lecture will describe the evolution and development of the design which was driven by engineering, operational and aesthetic requirements.

This is the 2018 Annual RSE/RAEng lecture, organised in partnership with the Royal Academy of Engineering. This event marks the 25th Anniversary of the RSE/RAEng Joint Lecture series.


5 pm – Registration and RSE/RAEng Engineering Exhibition opens at the RSE

6 pm – Lecture begins

7 pm – Q&A session

7.35 pm – Drinks Reception

8.30 pm – Event close


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Naeem Hussain, Arup Fellow and Arup’s Global Bridge Leader

Naeem graduated from the West Pakistan University of Engineering and Technology and obtained a Master’s degree from Imperial College London. He also studied architecture at the Architectural Association School of Architecture. He is a Fellow of the Hong Kong Academy of Engineering Sciences and received the Royal Academy of Engineering Prince Philip Gold Medal in 2012 for exceptional services to engineering. Some of the notable bridges he has worked on are the High Speed 1 Medway Bridge, Oresund Crossing between Denmark and Sweden, Stonecutters Bridge Hong Kong and Queensferry Crossing.

Additional Speakers:
We are pleased to announce that David Climie, Transport Scotland’s Project Director, and Michael Martin, FCBC Project Director, will take part in the Q & A discussion section with Naeem Hussain.