International Bridge Technologies

Eleanor Schonell Bridge – Brisbane, Australia

Technical details
Brisbane City Council

Construction Completed: 2006

Detailed design and construction engineering for the cable-stayed bridge, technical assistance on site.
Brisbane, Australia
Contractor:John Holland Prime Consultant: GHD
SYSTRA IBT’s Role: Bridge Design Consultant


Main Span: 183 m (600 ft)
Total Bridge Length: 391.4 m (1,284 ft)
Width: 20 m (66 ft) (two traffic lanes, two side-walks with canopies for pedestrians and bicycles).

The award-winning Eleanor Schonell Bridge across the Brisbane River in Australia connects Dutton Park to the University of Queensland campus. The 20 m (66 ft) wide bridge carries two lanes of traffic and two sidewalks with canopies for pedestrians and bicycles. It is designed to accommodate a future light rail track.

The main cable-stayed bridge consists of a 183 m (600 ft) main span and 30 m (98 ft) and 73 m (240 ft) side spans. Two planes of stay cables in a “harp” arrangement support the steel-concrete composite superstructure. The concrete pylons rest on concrete pile caps at water level. The pile caps are supported by 1.5 m (4.9 ft) diameter bored piles.

SYSTRA International Bridge Technologies developed the structural design for the cable-stayed spans in association with GHD. This design-build project was completed on an accelerated schedule with design starting in February 2005 and construction substantially complete in September 2006.

This project was recognized for its outstanding achievements and received multiple prestigious awards, including the 2008 Golden State Award from ACEC (CELSOC), which is the highest recognition for engineering projects executed in the State of California.

Additional awards:

  • 2006 Major Contractors Association Queensland – Safety Excellence Award
  • 2007 Association of Consulting Engineers Australia – Excellence Gold Award
  • 2007 Engineers Australia Queensland Division – Award of Excellence
  • 2007 Institute of Public Works Administration Queensland Division –
    Award of Excellence
  • 2007 Finalist for the Australian Construction – Achievement Award
  • 2007 Civil Contractors Federation – Case Earth Finalist Award
  • 2008 ACEC (CELSOC) Excellence in Engineering Design – Honor Award
  • 2008 ACEC (CELSOC) Engineering Excellence – Small Firm Honor Award
  • 2008 Institute of Public Works Engineering AU, Queensland –
    Excellence Overall Winner Award

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