ARUP’s work on Queensferry Crossing (Scotland) and Champlain Bridge, Canada

Arup’s broad service offering means we can partner with our clients on a range of transport projects – from initial investment advice, to major project design, to being at the forefront of future planning and innovation through technology.

Some recent projects which showcase the breadth of Arup’s work around the world include:

Queensferry Crossing, Scotland

The Queensferry Crossing is Scotland’s largest infrastructure project for a generation and the longest three-tower, cable-stayed bridge in the world. Arup was selected by Transport Scotland as part of a joint venture with Jacobs Engineering UK Ltd, to develop the Queensferry Crossing specimen design (which was the basis of the Design and Build contract), prepare the contract documentation and project-manage the new cable-stayed bridge, which crosses the river Forth near Edinburgh, upstream of the existing Forth Road Bridge.

The project uses intelligent transport systems to help keep traffic moving, improve safety and reduce vehicle emissions. Arup has also devised a monitoring and safety evaluation system that is designed to spot potential problems before they happen. Around two thousand sensors have been installed on the bridge, carefully positioned to monitor the behaviour of the bridge and its environment in real time. This will allow the operator to respond quickly to extreme events, to target inspections and to carry out pre-emptive interventions to avoid potential failures.

Champlain Bridge, Canada

In a full advisory and design role, Arup helped the Canadian government with the business case and supporting technical advice to start the New Champlain Bridge corridor project. When the condition of the existing bridge began to deteriorate, Arup also accepted the challenge of developing the design and technical requirement for this complex $4.239bn (CDN) PPP project so that the RFQ and RFP could be released within nine months. The result is a unique signature bridge design, sensitive to the needs of Montreal and with the appeal to become a new icon on the St. Lawrence River for the city of Montreal and Canada as a whole.

Arup is also at the forefront of helping to plan for the impact of Connected and Autonomous Vehicles (CAVs) around the globe.

The UK Autodrive project will trial and validate connected and autonomous vehicle technology. Arup is currently the lead partner, responsible for programme management and the technical coordination of work packages, as well as providing marketing, branding and PR support.

In Australia, Arup’s local and global specialists have provided project management, planning and operational readiness advice to Transurban and VicRoads for their 2-Year Connected and Automated Vehicle (CAV) trials program which began last year in Melbourne. Arup is also undertaking a study on behalf of Austroads, looking into the Implications of in-vehicle Traffic Sign Recognition (TSR) Systems for Road OperatorsThe study will inform guidance for Australasian road authorities in preparing for the arrival of Connected and Autonomous vehicles.

Arup will continue supporting clients with a range of advisory, design and future planning support and providing better journeys for millions of people.