10th Australian Small Bridges Conference 2021
Third and Final Call for Abstracts
Our Third and Final Call for Speakers is now open.
Abstracts will be reviewed as they are submitted and priority will be given to abstracts received by Friday18th December 2020.
Abstracts may still be submitted up until Friday 8th January 2021, but these late abstracts will be given a lower priority.
Abstract Submission
Presentations providing case studies, or expert technical advice, in regards to small to medium span bridges, including culverts, viewing platforms and like structures, within their own organisations or in the community may still be submitted for the 2021 conference.


Abstracts may still be submitted for consideration.

To propose a presentation, please provide the following:
  • Topic Title
  • Synopsis (approx 100-200 words)
  • Proposed Speaker/s (and any co-authors) Name, Business Title, Organisation, Bio (approx 50 words) and pic (head-shot)
Please see our topics list below as a guide. However papers on other topics will also be reviewed.
Email all abstracts to:
Scott Matthews BEng
Conference Chair and Convenor
+61 448 777 058 or +61 3 9885 9534 
All Speakers will need to register online, and submit full payment by Thursday 31st December 2020, for a two day speaker registration to attend the conference and present.

If your Abstract is accepted, a Technical Paper will need to be prepared and lodged by COB Friday 15th January 2021. Earlier submission is desirable.
  • Please use our Technical Paper Template. Click on Technical Paper Template  to download it. Do not submit a PDF as we cannot edit and track changes on it.
  • There is no maximum length limit.
If your accepted abstract is on an asset that you do not own please consult with the asset owner on the suitability of your final technical paper and presentation content including any necessary permission from the asset owner.  Please also note that this process can take some time.
This event will bring together:
• Local Government
• State and Federal Government road managers
• Railways
• Government Agencies
• National Parks and forestry staff
Bridge, Structural, Civil and Geotechnical Engineers
• The private sector
Small to Medium Span Bridges can be for: 

 • Cars, Buses, Trucks and other motorised road vehicles 
 • Trains 
 • Mine-haul trucks, Fork Lifts
 • Aircraft 
 • Pedestrians. Hikers and Bicyclists
 • Agricultural vehicles
 • Stock and Wildlife 

Small Bridge to Medium Span Bridge Projects include for:
• Freeways, Roads and Streets
• Railways
• Airports
• Industrial Complexes
• Parks, Gardens, Public Precincts and Recreational Reserves
• Sporting Facilities
• National Parks
• Forestry
• Farms and Agricultural
• Private Developments
• Public areas such as Zoos
The two-day program will include issues such as:
• Investigation, Inspection and Testing
• Asset Management
• Condition Assessment
• Load Capacity
• Bridge Codes 
Bridge Strike Protection
Crash Barriers  and Handrails
• Repair, Maintenance, Painting/Coatings, Refurbishment and/or Strengthening
• Bridge Lifting
• New Construction
• All bridge materials including Timber, Concrete, Steel and Composites
• Culverts 
• Bridge Components, Bearings 
• Innovations in Design, Construction and Maintenance
• Architectural and Heritage Issues
• Road, Rail, Pedestrian, Mining and Airport Structures
• Associated Geotechnical, Earth Structures/Retention and Civil Works