An Innovative Technology for Accelerated Bridge Construction—The Owner Designer Dilemma

  • V.H. (Vic) Perry (V.iConsult Inc.)
  • Dominique Corvez (Ductal Americas)


In the early 90's a breakthrough technology called Ultra-High Performance Concrete was being introduced to the bridge community as a new technology that could revolutionize bridge design and construction. The new material technology offered very durable new solutions, but required, new shapes, new design codes & standards, new precast fabrication methods and formworks. The new technology immediately met enthusiasm for use; however there were several barriers to entry as mentioned above. Bridge owners saw the value and so did bridge consultants; however the lack of design standards created increased risk to both owners and designers - a dilemma. This paper explains briefly the technology, applications, the risks of the owners and designers in using it, and how these risks were mitigated to develop innovative solutions.

Keywords: Bridges, Innovation, Ultra-High Performance Concrete, Ductility

How to Cite:

Perry, V. & Corvez, D., (2016) “An Innovative Technology for Accelerated Bridge Construction—The Owner Designer Dilemma”, International Interactive Symposium on Ultra-High Performance Concrete 1(1). doi:

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Published on
18 Jul 2016