On 21st November 2019, a webinair about scour at bridges has been presented by CIRIA with the aim to update the existing Scour Guidance CIRIA C742: Manual on scour at bridges and other hydraulic structures (2015). Dr Prakash Kripakaran presented the results from research at the University of Exeter and how these have been included in scour assessment practice within the framework of Highways England’s BD97/12. The webinair can be accessed here.
On 16th December 2019, the research team from the University of Exeter (Dr Diego Panici and Dr Prakash Kripakaran) and the industry partner of Devon County Council (Mr Kevin Dentith and Mr Simon Hollyer) presented the outcome of the research on the effects of debris accumulations on bridge scour with practical applications on case-studies. The workshop showed the methodology developed by the research team, which includes the estimation of the size of debris accumulated at bridges and the scour depth induced by such accumulations. The event was specifically designed for practitioners (e.g. local councils, Highways England), since this methodology is being included in Highways England’s new Design Manual for Roads and Bridges (DMRB). The presentations from the research team are available here.