To open The Building Centre’s exhibition, SPANS: viaducts, bridges and walkways, The Engineering Club hosted a special talk by Dr Michel Virlogeux, bridge specialist and designer of, among others, the Millau Viaduct, with Foster and Partners. He discussed the challenge of how the tallest vehicular bridge in the world was conceived, modelled and built.
Dr Virlogeux has vast experience in bridge design; he originally worked for the Bridge Department of SETRA, the technical service of the French Highway Administration, eventually becoming Head of the Large Concrete Bridge Division, and then the Large Bridge Division, Steel and Concrete.
During twenty years he designed more than 100 bridges, including the Normandy Bridge which held the world record for longest cable-stayed bridge for four years. In 1995 he left the French Administration and settled as independent consulting engineer. Dr Virlogeux has been honoured with the inaugural IABSE Prize in Venice in 1983, the 'Gold Medal of the Institution of Structural Engineers' and the 2003 IABSE Award of Merit in Structural Engineering.