The Influence of Traffic Growth on Bridge Load Effect Forecasting

Cathal Leahy

Roughan O’Donovan Innovative Solutions

Cathal is a Chartered Engineer with Roughan & O’Donovan Innovative Solutions. He has a degree in Civil Engineering from UCD as well as a PhD titled “Using Weigh-In-Motion Data to Predict Extreme Traffic Loading on Bridges” which he also completed in UCD. Since joined ROD-IS in 2014, Cathal has used this expertise in Weigh-In-Motion and traffic loading on bridges for a range of projects with clients such as Transport Infrastructure Ireland, CEDR and the European Commission.


Freight traffic in Europe is expected to grow by 1.8% per annum until at least 2030. Current approaches for assessing traffic loading on bridges do not generally allow for such growth. This paper presents a methodology which... [ view full abstract ]


  1. Cathal Leahy (Roughan O’Donovan Innovative Solutions)
  2. Eugene OBrien (Roughan O’Donovan Innovative Solutions)
  3. Alan O'Connor (Roughan O’Donovan Innovative Solutions)

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