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Engineers to help RIBA with bridges

Talks to place engineers on bridge design competition judging panels are underway.

ICE, the Institution of Structural Engineers (IStructE) and the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) are in talks to guarantee the place of structural engineers on competition panels.

ICE confirmed that it is looking to set up a meeting with RIBA in the next month to discuss competitions. This was confirmed by RIBA.

"We are trying to move forward with a new initiative between the three institutions on bridge projects, but we are waiting for it to be signed off," said a RIBA spokesman.

"We can't do it alone."

The move follows demands by engineers to become more involved in bridge competitions, particularly on judging panels. The aim is to ensure the winning design is structurally sound (NCE 13 April 2006).

Some architectural competition winning bridges have been criticised for a lack of attention to engineering.

Recent examples included the 140m span pedestrian bridge in Krakow, Poland (NCE 1 September 2006).

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