Event Coordinator: Jasmine Smith
On March 1st, 2016, The UBC CSCE Student Chapter welcomed Hendrik Westerink and Mathew Reynolds to present on two different bridge projects they have worked on. Hendrik and Mathew are Junior Bridge Designers at COWI Bridge North America.

Mathew’s presentation covered some of the main design aspects of a cable-stayed bridge, using the Abraham Lincoln Bridge as an example. The bridge, located in Louisville, Kentucky, forms the downtown crossing of interstate I65 connecting Indiana and Kentucky over the Ohio River. Mathew pointed out some of the key areas that were particularly challenging throughout the project, including the balanced simultaneous cantilever construction required over the three towers.

Hendrik introduced the audience to Bridges to Prosperity, an organization that brings together communities, governments and bridge professionals in developing countries around the world to build footbridges in areas that suffer from rural isolation. Hendrik presented on a footbridge project that he worked on in a small community, Rio Abajo, in Nicaragua. He outlined the project work activities and described how the corporate members collaborated with the community.

We would like to thank Mathew and Hendrik for taking the time to share their knowledge and experiences. We hope to have COWI back again in the future!

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