ON 22-23 Oct 2024

Australian Small Bridges Conference and Exhibition

Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre, Queensland, Australia

Tuesday 16th - Wednesday 17th May, 2023


12th Australian small bridges conference + EXhibition, tues 22 -weds 23 oct 2024,
Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre, Australia


including  Geotechnical Engineering and Civil Works for Bridges, Road and Rail 

Since 2005, the long running Australian Small Bridges Conference, and Exhibition, provides practical guidance and alerts bridge, road and rail engineers, asset owners, managers, contractors and suppliers about significant new developments and requirements for small to medium span bridges, including culverts and associated civil and geotechnical works.

Sustainability, Environmental and Safety (Worker and Road User) Issues  are all topics gaining increasing focus.

The conference includes Geotechnical Engineering and Civil Works.

Bridges and culverts can be for road vehicles, trains, aircraft, mining equipment, pedestrians, cyclists, services, powerlines or even stock and wildlife.

While the conference will be conducted in Australia, projects and topics are from throughout the world, and we have speakers from seven different countries presenting.


To be added to our Australian Small Bridges  Conference 2024 Update List email Karlene at


To download the Proceedings of the 11th Australian Small Bridges Conference click HERE


Click HERE to read our Speaking Program (updated 13th May) in full.


  • 8.00 am Registration and Exhibition Opens. Tea & Coffee will be available from 8.00 am
  • 9.00 am Conference Opens and Speaking Streams commence
  • 5.55 pm Day 1 Speaking Program Concludes
  • 5.55 – 7.00 pm Networking Drinks (Included for all Tuesday Delegates)
  • 7.15 pm Optional Conference Dinner (is an extra cost)


  • 8.00 am Registration and Exhibition Opens. Tea & Coffee will be available from 8.00 am
  • 8.30 am Conference Speaking Streams commence
  • 3.15 pm Speaking Streams conclude and Conference closes.


For all Day Sessions (Speaking Streams)  and Social Functions (Networking Drinks and the Optional Conference Dinner) – Smart Casual or Business attire. Ties are optional, but are definitely not required!


To view all of the Accepted Abstracts in full (updated on the 13th May), click  HERE

The photographs below are from some of our accepted abstracts for 2023.

Timber, Concrete, Steel and Composite Bridge Materials
To see the list of the abstracts that have already been accepted for presentation at our conference, please see the ACCEPTED ABSTRACTS drop down menu.
Geotechnical and Civil Works
Movable and Temporary Bridges
Mining and Industrial
Pedestrian, Cyclist and Stock/Wildlife Bridges
To see the list of the abstracts that have already been accepted for presentation at our conference, please see the ACCEPTED ABSTRACTS drop down menu.
Repair, Strengthening and Maintenance
Investigation, Assessment and Asset Management
Bridge Safety Upgrades - Safety Barriers
Road Bridges and Bridge Replacement
Powerlines and Utility Services
Scour and Flood Damage
Elevated Boardwalks
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Proudly Sponsored by our Platinum  Sponsor DOWN UNDER BRIDGE UNITS

 and  our Gold Sponsors: LB AUSTRALIA and DURATEC AUSTRALIA.

Silver Sponsors

 Bronze Sponsors


The Conference will feature a comprehensive exhibition which will provide conference attendees the opportunity to view and discuss innovative products and services now available from bridge contractors, designers and suppliers.

This exhibition is Australasia’s only exhibition dedicated to small to medium bridges and culverts. It will also be Australasia’s largest bridge exhibition.

Exhibition bookings are open. Book your booth now.

For Sponsorship and Exhibition Opportunities please contact Scott Matthews (See contact details below).




The two-day, three stream, speaking program will include topics such as:

• Sustainability and Environmental Issues

• Flooding and Scour

• Investigation and Testing

• Asset Management

• Condition Assessment

• Structural Design including Load Capacity

• Bridge Code Changes

• Repair, Maintenance, Painting, Refurbishment and or/Strengthening

• New Construction

• Materials: Timber, Concrete, Steel, Stone and Composite

• Culverts

• Innovations in Design, Construction and Maintenance

• Architectural and Heritage Issues

• Crash Barriers and Protection

• Road User and Worker Safety 

• Structures for Road, Rail, Pedestrian, Cycling, Mining, Industrial  and Airport Applications

• Geotechnical Engineering, Retaining Walls and Earth Structures

• Piling

• Civil Works

Experienced bridge practitioners, and asset owners, including from local government, will present technical topics and case studies that will focus on best practice in design, construction, maintenance, asset management and new technologies.


  • 32m Pony Truss Bridge – Compression Chord Analysis. Jeandré le Roux, Tiaki Engineering Consultants. NEW ZEALAND.
  • A Railcar Temporary Modular Bridge. Max Wallen, GHD. CANADA.
  • A Study on Fibre Reinforced Plastic (FRP) as an alternative material for Pedestrian Bridges. Elena Lynch, SMEC.
  • An approach for carrying out Load Rating Assessment of existing concrete culverts and timber bridge structures. Awais Jamil Chaudry, Stantec.
  • Analytics for Bridge Management- Tool for ensuring Sustainability and Economic Growth. Sachidanand Joshi,  UBMS Research Group. INDIA.
  • Australian Short Span Timber Concrete Composite Bridge Deck for Rail and Highways. Elysia Kilayko, ARUP.
  • Advances, Insights and Innovation in Structural Health Monitoring. John Vazey, EngAnalysis. 
  • Breathing new life into old bridges: Maximising their potential for a circular future. Ken O’Neill, Auecon.
  • Bridge renewals – Beyond timber bridge replacement. Adam O’Rourke, Ductile Consulting Engineers.
  • Bridge Strengthening Design and Construction – Dynon Road Bridge over Moonee Ponds Creek, West Melbourne. Harry Ostapiv, Department of Transport Victoria
  • Canada’s longest 3-lane design timber bridge – Nappan Marsh Bridge. Dr Dan Tingley, Wood Research and Development. CANADA.
  • Capacity Assessment and Load Rating of Cast Iron Bridge Piers Zubair Syed, Arcadis.
  • Capturing the bigger picture – a partnership case for identifying Railway Asset Management needs. Juan Diaz-Cuevas, AECOM.
  • Case Study: 17 years of Corrosion Prevention for a Reinforced Concrete Bridge. Atef Cheaitani, Remedial Technology.
  • Challenges in designing a standalone Steel Pedestrian Bridge attached to an existing bridge structure. Marco Vargas, WGA. 
  • Changes in Temporary Traffic Management for road asset inspections in Queensland. Rebecca Blair, Osborn Consulting.
  • Comparison between modeling for bridge design and modeling for crash/impact . Josep Marra, Global Design Technology, BELGIUM
  • Concrete Deck Repair and Replacement of the Loganlea Road Overpass Bridge, including Sustainability Initiatives. Evan Lo, Department of Transport and Main Roads, Qld.
  • Condition and Load Rating Assessment of Cuttagee Bridge located in Bega Valley Shire of NSW.  Awais Jamil Chaudry, Stantec.
  • Constructing bridges over Public Utilities in suburban Sydney – the processes and challenges. Eric Hooimeyer, Teleo Design.
  • Country Bridge Solutions. Nicholas McMullen, Transport for NSW.
  • Decision Support System for Remedial Modelling of Timber Bridges. Dr Maria Rashidi, Western Sydney University.
  • Design and Construction of Civil Structures on the Mordialloc Bypass.  Abhishek Singhal, Jacobs INDIA.
  • Design and Delivery of the Latham’s Road Upgrade Project In Melbourne. Tanmay Vegad, Hatch.
  • Design of Integral Land Green Bridges Binh Pham, SMEC.
  • Design of the Replacement Bridge over Clyde River at Nelligen. Long Bai, Stantec Australia.
  • Detailed design for the replacement of the existing bridge on Sturt Highway over Marshalls Creek in Wagga Wagga. Elena Lynch, SMEC.

  • Detailed visual inspections and load rating of reinforced concrete pipe culverts for a rail network in Western Australia (WA). Harini Mabotuwana, Aurecon.

  • Dibble Avenue Waterhole Slope Stabilisation – Former brick pit rehabilitation in dense urban environment. Paul Lunniss, Inner West Council.
  • Do Micropiles have a role to play in bridge construction. Christopher Dowding, Osborn Consulting.
  • Doolan Deck Bridge strengthening and longevity rehabilitation works – How to increase lifespan at a fraction the cost of new. Patrick Bigg, Timber Restoration Services.
  • Fatigue Assessment of existing Reinforced Concrete Rail Bridges. Dr Jeevan Senthilvasan, Sydney Trains.
  • Frenchman’s Creek Bridge Replacement in a short closure of the road. Ali Sheeran, SMEC.
  • Full scale testing to determine load sharing factors for Glued-Laminated Timber Bridges. Clay Hoger, Wood Research and Development.
  • Greenfield timber design pertaining to moisture content: a global code comparison. Dr Dan Tingley, Wood Research and Development. CANADA
  • Hotham River Bridge 0015 Replacement on Albany Highway Western Australia. Dr Fabien Rollet, Jacobs.
  • Indooroopilly Riverwalk, Design for performance during a Flood Event. Laura Merry, Arup.
  • Innovative Bridge Design Solutions used to enable the optimisation of construction programs – Union Mont Albert. Darnell Santos, Jacobs.
  • In-Situ Timber Bridge Moisture Content Test Results and Subsequent Bridge Code Considerations. Dr Dan Tingley, Wood Research and Development. CANADA.
  • Inspection, Condition Assessment, Modelling, Load Carrying Capacity, and Prediction of the Residual Service Life of the Bridges. Dr Farhad Nabavi, Technocrete Consulting Engineers.
  • Lansdowne Road Integral Bridge. Darshika Premkumar, BG&E.
  • Level 2 Bridge Inspections: Next steps for Local Government. Tim Heldt, Osborn Consulting.
  • Load Carrying Capacity Assessment and Bridge Rehabilitation of Donnybrook Rd Bridge over Barbers Creek Victoria. Dr Yanan Yang,  Department of Transport Victoria (DoT).
  • Lorne Pedestrian Bridge – Design and Construction – Lightweight replacement solutions that go the distance. Patrick Bigg, Timber Restoration Services.
  • Maximising underbridge clearance with a Low-Profile Bridge Deck Girder System. Mike Wright, InQuik International.
  • Micropiles Design and Installation Options for the Temporary Gresham St Bridge – Case Study. Lukasz Gawlik, RIX Ground Engineering.
  • Neerim Road Level Crossing Service Beam Installation beneath rail to facilitate utility cutovers. Daniel Fedele, Beca.
  • Opportunities for FRP Reinforced Bridges in Australia. Khodamorad Nabaki, Aurecon.
  • Rail Bridges Renewal Design. Jasmin Salandanan, Hatch.
  • Realkalisation Technology for the Restoration of Multiple Bridges in Tasmania. Atef Cheaitani, Remedial Technology.
  • Refurbishment of Steel Railway Bridges in South East Queensland. Bradley Sutton, Queensland Rail.
  • Rehabilitation of the Alice River Bridge. Paul Adams, RoadTek.
  • Rehabilitation of Redbank Creek Culvert following Mining Subsidence Impact. Peter Boesch, Stantec Australia.
  • Rehabilitation of Rawdon Island Bridge. Stephen Wood, Port Macquarie Hastings Council
  • Relics from a bygone era rise again – Snowy River Rail Bridge and Tumbarumba Rail Trail. Dean Ashton, Wood Research and Development. 
  • Remediation of Culverts beneath Roadways. James O’Grady, Mainmark Ground Engineering.
  • Removal of the Beatrice Bush Bridge for the Rozelle Interchange Project. Matt Hennessy, EIC Activities.
  • Review of Log Girder Bridge Connections – Sugarloaf Road Bridge. Stephen Richards, Wood Research and Development.
  • Saving a historical landmark by recycling and rehabilitating timber elements – South Arm Bridge, Davide Maggiolo, Timber Restoration Services.
  • State of Practice – Advancements in Bored Pile Assessment and Quality Assurance. Haden Van Den Elsen, Piletest.
  • Suggested changes to AS 5100 Bridge Design for wide pedestrian / cycle / active transport corridor bridges. Ross Pritchard, SMEC.
  • Sundale Bridge: Conversion of an existing 4-lane road bridge with narrow footpath to 5-lanes. Ross Pritchard, SMEC.
  • Terrigal Boardwalk & Rockpool. Chang Liu, ARUP.
  • The design and verification of Compression Capacity of CFA Piles in Batesford Limestone on Surf Coast Highway Bridge, Victoria. Kedar Ghatkar, WSP Australia.
  • The design of light-weight FRP Clip-on Cycleways for New Zealand and Australia. Rohan McElroy, icubed consulting.
  • The design of Mersey River FRP Truss Bridge. Dr Ali Mohammed, Wagners.
  • The evolution of Australian Bridge Design Code for timber bridges in Australia. Clay Hoger, Wood Research and Development.
  • The Howard Street Bridge Renovation – A Case Study in the recycling of a small bridge. Nicholas Critchley, Marine & Civil Maintenance.
  • The Kids’ Bridge. Nicholas Keage, AECOM.
  • The replacement of the Pot Bearings of a Western Distributor Viaduct in Sydney using flat jacks. Kenny Luu, SMEC. 
  • The use of 3D reality models, inspection software and AI for the management of bridge infrastructure. Dr. Liam Holloway, National Technical Manager, Duratec Australia
  • Transport Infrastructure Structural Investigation and Repair – Developing effective remedial engineering solutions. Rhett Watters, Watt Asset Advisory.
  • Voyager Point Footbridge – Structural Assessment and Strengthening of a 100 m long Steel Suspended Arch Footbridge. Tim Shaw, GHD.


1/  Some of our accepted abstracts cannot yet be made public.

2/ The co-authors have not been included in the summary of accepted abstracts. We will later add them, plus the abstract, to the website.



The Australian Small Bridges Conference has now been held ten times, and is conducted every 14-24 months. The first conference was held on 12-13 October 2005 in Sydney, Australia and to date it has been Chaired each time by Scott Matthews.


The conference alerts bridge and road engineers, managers, contractors and suppliers about significant new technical developments and requirements for short to medium bridges, and like structures including culverts, viewing platforms etc.


The conference will also have speakers on associated geotechnical engineering and civil works. All speakers are encouraged to deliver very practical presentations and technical papers.


The conference program is held over two days in multiple streams and has a focus on small to medium span bridges for road, rail, wildlife, stock and pedestrians.


Unlike most bridge many which are dominated with presentations mainly on very large bridges, this conference has a focus on Small and Medium Bridges, as well as Culverts. These structures are the most common type of bridge in use. Local Government Authorities are in particular currently faced with major challenges in their management.


Small to Medium Span Bridges are located not only within road reserves but also occur on railways, parks and gardens, national parks, mines, airfields, private property and in public areas such zoos. They bridges can be for road vehicles, trains, aircraft, mining equipment, pedestrians or even stock and wildlife.


This conference brings together councils, state government road managers, railways, government agencies and the private sector. Senior managers and leading practitioners and consultants in the bridge sector will present up-to-the-minute, highly relevant information to assist road/rail managers and engineers to perform their roles in an increasingly complex road environment.


To propose an abstract for presentation, please provide the following using a Word Document:

  • Topic Title
  • Synopsis (approx 100-300 words). Images and drawings may also be submitted.
  • Author/s Name, Business Title, Organisation,
    Bio (approx 50 words) and pic (head-shot)
  • Proposed Speaker/s (ie which of the co-authors
    if there are multiple authors will present at the conference)
  • Do not submit as a PDF as we cannot edit and track charges on it.


Projects, and topics, can be located anywhere in the world. 

Please see our topics list in our two-day drown Accepted Abstracts -T0pics Tab above as a guide as to what abstracts may be suitable, however papers on other topics will also be reviewed. You can also look at the summary list of abstracts that have already been accepted.

Presentations, and Technical Papers, are required to be in English.

Email all abstracts to:
Scott Matthews BEng
Conference Chair and Convenor


Phone: 0448 777 058


All Speakers will need to register online and submit full payment for a two-day
speaker registration to attend the conference and present, unless they have a
two day registration as part of a Sponsorship or Exhibition Package.


If your Abstract is accepted, a Technical Paper will need to be prepared and lodged by COB Friday 14th April 2023.

  • You will need to use our Technical Paper
    Template, which will be forwarded after an Abstract has been accepted.
  •  Do not submit as a PDF as we cannot
    edit and track changes on it.
  • There is no recommended maximum length limit for Technical


If your accepted abstract is on an asset that you do not own please consult with the asset owner on the suitability of your final technical paper and presentation content including any necessary permission from the asset owner for the abstract, technical paper and presentation. 


Please also note that this process can take some time with some asset owners.


Email all abstracts to:
Scott Matthews BEng
Conference Chair and Convenor


Phone: 0448 777 058



Contact us to enquire about past proceedings .


Phone: 0409 182 215 

We have decided to make the Proceedings of our 9th Australian Small Bridges Conference 2019  (508 pages) available  for free. 

 You can download the full proceedings by clicking the button below.