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Millau Viaduct designer visits Birmingham

Michel Virlogeux recently visited Birmingham to discuss his engineering philosophy with ICE members from across the West Midlands.

Virlogeux is the man behind the design and construction of one of the engineering wonders of the 21st Century – the stunning Millau Viaduct in southern France.

An audience of over 150 civil engineers listened to the ICE gold medal winner and president of the European Construction Institute (ECI), speak for two hours on the theme: “Are Modern Engineers Inspirational?”

He referred to eminent engineers and their achievements from the past two centuries before describing some of his own projects, including the leading edge design of Pont de Normandie, the Millau Viaduct and Rouen Lift Bridge.

“Virlogeux achievements in bridge design are awe inspiring and have captured the imagination of people all over the world“

David Johns

ICE West Midlands chairman David Johns said: “I was deeply grateful to Virlogeux for accepting my invitation to speak here in Birmingham. His achievements in bridge design are awe inspiring and have captured the imagination of people all over the world.”

Regional director of ICE West Midlands Steve Feeley said:  “It was a great honour for the region that such an eminent figure agreed to come to Birmingham to set out his unique, inspirational vision for civil engineering.”

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