First ISIS Canada pedestrian bridge: student design perspective

R. El-Hacha, L. Bisby, B. Williams, D. Tung, J. Ford

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In January 2002, the Intelligent Sensing for Innovative Structures (ISIS) Canada Networks of Centres of Excellence announced its first pedestrian bridge design competition for ISIS students. The bridge is located on the campus of the Umversite de Sherbrooke to provide a new access to the new east entrance of the Faculty of Engineering Building. The proposed design was required to convey the innovation and ingenuity of the ISIS Canada Research Network through the use of fibre-reinforced-polymer (FRP) materials. Based on these requirements, five graduate students from the Department of Civil Engineering at Queen's University joined forces to produce the winning conceptual design, demonstrating cost-effectiveness, visual stimulation, and innovation. This application paper presents details of the competition and the winning design for the pedestrian bridge as told by the winning design team. The bridge was built during the, summer of 2002 at the Universite de Sherbrooke. The objective of the paper is to present the student experience from this highly successful competition, and thus to promote similar design competitions for engineering students.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)463-471
Number of pages9
JournalCanadian journal of civil engineering
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2007


  • short span
  • pedestrian bridge
  • fibre-reinforced polymers
  • reinforced concrete
  • conceptual design
  • innovation
  • ingenuity


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