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MALAYSIAN MARVEL

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Consultant Dar Al-Handasah received the Institution of Structural Engineers' highest accolade on Wednesday for its 1.85km long cable stayed Sungai Prai Bridge in Malaysia. The structure was built from glued, precast concrete segments, a construction technique pioneered and now something of a personal trademark of Dar head of bridges Srinivasan. IStructE president David Harvey said that the Sungai Prai Bridge had been a peerless winner of the institution's Supreme Award for Structural Excellence. 'The structure is eye-catching from a distance and close up there is exquisite attention to detail, ' he said. 'It's an example of bridge engineering at its most effective and imaginative.' The structure is part of Malaysia's new ú69M, 14km long outer ring road. Its 185m long cable stayed main span provides 28m clearance for shipping. The project includes an interchange, two sets of bifurcations and three ramps. Client for the project was Malaysia's Ministry of Works, Kerja Raya and main contractor was local firm Lingkaran Luar Butterworth (Penang).

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