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Day course: Masonry bridge assessment with Archie-M

Delivered by Hamish Harvey, this in-person day course gives a good grounding for engineers involved in the assessment of masonry bridges.


The following topics will be covered.

  • Introduction: basic terms; some history; and the part “analysis” plays in assessment
  • Construction: methods and typical internal features
  • Geometry: standard shapes; estimating design geometry; the effect of skew
  • Inspection for assessment: effective measurement; external evidence of internal features
  • Intrusive investigation
  • Masonry theory and what Archie-M is doing
  • Live loads: the effective strip; distribution in fill - CS454/“025” rules and what really happens; standard and special loads
  • Assessment: factors; what is a pass; handling uncertainty
  • Multi-span bridges: the standard model and real behaviour
  • Service load behaviour and damage

An introduction to the features and use of Archie-M is woven through the course. Questions are welcome at any point, and time is built in to allow discussion.


No prior knowledge of masonry bridge construction and behaviour is assumed. The section on masonry theory builds on basic engineering statics.

Delegates may wish to bring a laptop with a copy of Archie-M installed, and will benefit from exploring Archie-M a little in advance. Trial licences can be arranged if needed.

The course does not cover the assessment standards in detail. It is recommended but not essential that delegates familiarise with the relevant sections of these in advance.


I found the training to be one of the best I have been on. It was extremely informative and the format and opportunity to ask questions to Hamish was really excellent. The content covering both background on the theory, history and construction of arch bridges combined with the practical demonstration of Archie-M and assessments was brilliant. Hopefully we will make this training a regular thing every few years to teach new people about this topic!
- Senior Engineer, Warwickshire County Council

Cost and booking

Cost £300 per delegate ex VAT. Courses will run subject to a minimum number of confirmed delegates to ensure viability. A maximum of 15 delegates will be booked for any one course to allow interaction.

Booking and attendance on training courses is covered by our training terms. Please review these, they are short.

Confirmed dates and venues are listed on the events page; go to the page for a specific event for booking.

Other venues and in-house options

If you would like us to run the course in a location more convenient for you, get in touch with details and expected numbers of attendees.

In-house courses can also be arranged. These can provide more opportunity to discuss specific issues and concerns.  

Please email to discuss pricing and any particular needs.