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  Our clients come to us because we provide the full range of bridge engineering services. From planning and conceptual design to engineering and construction, from inspection to maintenance and bridge management – we’ve got you covered at every stage of a bridge’s life.

Reed Ellis

Vice President, Sector Leader - Bridges

Edmonton, Alberta

Reed has a comprehensive knowledge of bridge engineering, with expertise in the full spectrum of bridge practice—from inspections to design, rehabilitation, and construction management. He’s developed bridge management systems and training courses for transportation agencies across the world. Because of this, Reed is often sought after to provide expert opinion and reports for accident and other investigations.

Recently, Reed led the investigation of the fracture and partial collapse of the Diefenbaker Bridge, a 300-meter (1,000-foot), fracture-critical, steel-girder bridge. There, he led the development of a repair, load testing, and structural monitoring program to restore the bridge to service and then mitigate the likelihood of a repeat fracture occurring. Reed has performed constraint-induced fracture (CIF) assessments for various transportation departments.

A constant proponent of education and mentorship, Reed served as an external Ph.D. examiner for a doctoral thesis entitled “An Investigation of Methodologies to Determine the Most Sustainable Bridge Work Programs.” He’s also sponsored a number of internal R&D projects for Stantec including the development of optimized UHPC bridge deck systems for movable bridges and a civil infrastructure condition assessment with unmanned aircraft systems. 


I presented “Practical Performance Measures for Bridge Management” at the IABMAS 2016 Conference in Brazil and co-authored two other presentations “Practical Structural Monitoring and Diagnostic Testing of Steel Deck Truss Bridge” and “Tracking Bridge Condition vs Budgets Using Bridge Management System Tools in Prince Edward Island Department of Transportation and Infrastructure.”

At the World Steel Bridge Symposium, 2016, in Orlando Florida, I gave an invited presentation on the Diefenbaker Bridge project entitled “Fracture Investigation, Major Repair, and Risk Mitigation of the Diefenbaker Bridge.”

In November of 2015, I was an invited instructor for a bridge maintenance and inspection workshop for the International Road Federation (IRF) in Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

My projects have been covered in a number of trade publications including the Proceedings International Bridge Conference (IBC), International Association for Bridge Safety and Maintenance (IABMAS), the Transportation Research Board (TRB), Engineering News Record, and ACI Structural Journal.

We can take a few lessons from the medieval world on how to build and maintain bridges with long service lives. David Harrison’s book “The Bridges of Medieval England: Transport and Society, 400-1800” is a great resource.

When I’m taking a break from technical journals, I’ll read a good adventure or spy novel or enjoy my Yachting Monthly magazine subscription.

Read about how our designers provided a graceful and elegant bridge solution with Edmonton’s first stressed ribbon bridge—the longest in Canada and the second longest in the world.

I’ve served on the Technical Advisory Board of the SIMTReC – Centre for Structural Innovation and Monitoring Technologies Inc. since 2008.

I’ve also served on the International Scientific Committee - International Association for Bridge Safety and Maintenance (IABMAS) since 2006.

I’m a past president for the American Concrete Institute (ACI), Alberta Chapter.

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