Industry Day Speaker – Barry Colford

Barry Colford, Chief Engineer and Bridgemaster for Forth Estuary Transport Authority, will speak on ‘The maintenance of long span bridges’ at Industry Day 2013.

Barry Colford

Barry Colford


Barry Colford is a Chartered Civil Engineer by profession and has been a Member of the Institution of Civil Engineers since 1982. After graduation, he worked for the Babtie (now Jacobs) Group in Glasgow in the design office and then on sites both in the UK and overseas on a variety of industrial and bridges projects.

He worked on site in Saudi Arabia before returning to the UK and worked in London on site on the major bridges forming part of the M11 motorway extension. Returning to the design office with Strathclyde Regional Council he was involved in the design on bridges on the M80, M74 and M77 motorways in Glasgow as well as the maintenance of large steel bridges (Erskine, Connel and the M8 White Cart Viaduct).

Mr Colford joined the Forth Road Bridge Joint Board (now Forth Estuary Transport Authority) as Depute General Manager in 1996 with responsibility for the maintenance and operation of the Forth Road Bridge. In February 2008, Barry was promoted to the post of Chief Engineer and Bridgemaster.

Barry is the author of a number of technical papers on bridge engineering and is a European Committee member of the International Cable Supported Bridge Operators Association. He also represents the Long Span Bridges Group on the UK Bridges Board and Bridge Owners Forum. He is involved with Edinburgh University and Edinburgh Napier University in their M Eng and MSc courses. Also works with Strathclyde, Glasgow and Heriot Watt Universities in providing industrial experience to undergraduates. He is particularly keen on finding ways of bringing engineering to schools through talks and visits.


Mr Colford will speak during Parallel Session 4 – ‘Networks & Infrastructure’.

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