What are the three main challenges that governments face in developingbridge infrastructure in Asia?Mr. Roslan Ibrahim, Project Director, UEM BUILDERS, Advisory Panel, BridgesAsia 2011: • Availability of funds and/or commercial viability of project for PFI or PPP • Opposition from residents/stakeholders who will be negatively impacted by the project • Environmental constraintsJohn Hilton, Head of Transport, Aurecon, Bridges Asia 2011 Speaker: • Secure the funding; perspectives from ADB, World Bank, JICA would be interesting • Ensuring value for money • Ensuring durabilityPeter Prasad, National Bridges and Structures Engineer, ARTC, Bridges Asia 2011Speaker:The issue of how to preserve and maintain Bridge Structures in the Asia Pacific region isfast becoming one of the most serious issue facing asset holders in the region. Themajority of Bridge Structures throughout the Asian Pacific region are in the vicinity of100 years old and many of them are coming to the end of their service lives. The ageingbridges are constructed from a variety of materials. Lack of funding for the renewal ofbridges upon reaching their design lives has created a ‘bottle neck’.
Now the cost of replacing these bridges is in the billions of dollars and imposes a hugefinancial burden on governments. It represents a national demand on funding,construction resources and engineering skills.The challenges faced by governments are: 1. Ensuring continued safety and reliability of the ageing bridges 2. Meeting ever growing demand from access users for the operation of heavier vehicles 3. Providing sustainable renewal program in current economic climatePeter Prasad, National Bridges and Structures Engineer, ARTC and John Hilton, Head ofTransport, Aurecon will be speaking at Bridges Asia 2011 which will be held on the 22ndand the 23rd, Hong Kong. For more details, please visit our websitewww.bridges-asia.com or drop us an email at email@example.com