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The Millennium Bridge is the first pedestrian bridge to be built across the Thames in central London for 100 years. Its long awaited opening day in 2000 attracted huge amounts of publicity, but for all the wrong reasons. The bridge was swaying unexpectedly under the feet of the thousands of people crossing it. Project Director Roger Ridsdill-Smith takes us through the process that followed and how the lessons learned have changed bridge design forever.
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5 June 2009

Classroom Ideas

Could be used to look at the properties of steel and the use of testing to modify and improve designs by adapting existing products. Explore the testing and evaluation of products to improve their performance based on the analysis of forces acting on a structure. This would be suitable to teach the importance of testing through a case study as an example of a product the students have studied.