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The Millau Viaduct and other Projects

Dr.Ir. Michel Virlogeux
Bonnelles France

The Millau Viaduct is a spectacular cable-stayed bridge that spans the valley of the River Tarn not far from the town of Millau in southern France. Comprising seven concrete piers supporting steel pylons and a steel deck, it is, at 343 metres height, the world's highest multi-stayed viaduct. This impressive project was conceived by French structural engineer Michel Virlogeux and designed by British architect Sir Norman Foster. The viaduct was opened in 2004 after a construction period of only three years. To date more than 37 millions vehicles have traversed its 2.5 kilometer length of roadway.

The lecture deals with with the development of the project and includes many interesting technical details. Other projects such as the Térénez Bridge in Britanny will also be discussed.

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