22 September 2020
This year, the Jacques Cartier Bridge is celebrating its 90th anniversary. For the occasion, we want to introduce you to some of the people who keep this bridge safe and reliable.
MOHAMMADREZA MORADIANKHABIRI – Research and Development Lead
I’ve been working on the Jacques Cartier Bridge for over four years, even before I started my career at JCCBI. I oversee research and development contracts.
As a structural engineer, I find that evaluating this iconic structure’s seismic performance and reinforcing it against seismic forces have been some of my most interesting challenges.
In the Research and Applications Directorate, we’re always looking for more innovative practices for all our structures. New materials to repair concrete along with predictive analyses of component life spans are good examples of this. For the Jacques Cartier Bridge, experimental wind tunnel studies and the development of a special sensor to assess the condition of steel components are also very beneficial innovative practices.
It’s very difficult to estimate its exact lifespan, which will depend on how well the bridge is maintained. As we develop our knowledge of bridge behaviour, we will be able to increase its service life over time.
Properly applying the knowledge from our various expert maintenance studies will be key to ensuring that the Jacques Cartier Bridge lasts as long as possible.
An extraordinary structure and a work of art
To view the photo album created to mark this 90th anniversary, click here.