Iranian Engineer Stands Out among World Bridge Designers

Wednesday, January 2, 2008

Creative ideas of an Iranian professor of Napier University of Scotland in designing some of the most prominent bridge designs in the world have opened new horizons in this field of science.

Professor of Napier University’s School of Engineering & the Built Environment, Abdy Kermani, has developed a design technique to build long span bridges using short lengths of Scottish timber, and his innovation has been described by researchers and experts as a new development in designing long bridges.

The plan has received a commendation plaque in the Small Projects Award for Structural Engineering Excellence – an award attracting entrants from every continent – for its contribution to the Achray Bridge in Perthshire’s Queen Elizabeth Forest Park.

The judges praised the pioneering design features of Achray Bridge, saying it captured the landscape and enhanced its woodland setting. They also described it as an excellent example of structural engineering with a very small carbon footprint and highly economical at only £800 per square meter.

Professor Kermani was also awarded the world-renowned Institution for Civil Engineers’ Howard Medal for The Best Paper on Construction Materials earlier this year, and the ICE’s Bill Curtin Medal for another best paper on timber engineering in 2006.

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