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Milne Medal Lecture 2023

16/11/2023 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

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The Milne Medal is awarded to an individual engineer for excellence in structural design, both in the overall concept and in the attention to detail in their work, and is named in recognition of the late Bob Milne, who served for many years as the Honorary Secretary of the IABSE British Group. This year, we are delighted to award the Milne Medal to Simon Fryer of Buro Happold.

Simon Fryer is Technical Director at Buro Happold and has 34 years’ experience in the design of international bridge projects.  Having started work with G. Maunsell and Partners in 1989, he joined the fledgling bridge group at Buro Happold in 2001.  Throughout his career, he has been involved in an extensive portfolio in terms of both scale and type within the bridge engineering sector.  He has detailed knowledge of the analysis and design of reinforced concrete, pre-stressed concrete and steel structures.  Many of his projects have demanded design work based on first principles rather than routine application of codes and standards.  He has been responsible for project managing construction projects on site and has a particular interest in the structural design of aesthetically pleasing bridges.

Simon will give his Milne Medal Lecture “Solving Problems for a Living” on the 16th November 2023 at the IStructE, Bastwick Street, London.

Solving problems for a living

In the bridge field, there are always obstacles to be crossed and challenges to be met.

Design and construction are inextricably linked.  There are many considerations and good engineering is not just about the big picture – attention to detail is also important and ingenuity can be applied at all levels.

In some cases, new creative and innovative solutions are called for to overcome the site constraints.

On other occasions, structural engineering skills can be applied to preserve existing infrastructure instead of replacing it.

This lecture will explain how some interesting problems were tackled, with examples provided from the world of bridges and beyond.

Milne Medal Dinner

The lecture will be followed by a dinner at Noci (Unit B, The Bower, 211 Old St, London EC1V 9NR). All are welcome to discuss the lecture with Simon and other IABSE members.

Tickets for the lecture and dinner are available here:


6:00 pm - 8:00 pm


IABSE British Group


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47-58 Bastwick Street
London, EC1V 3PS United Kingdom
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