Bridges & Structures

  • I-49 Lafayette Connector

    We’re connecting communities in Louisiana

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  • Samuel de Champlain Bridge – Independent Engineer

    Providing a safe and efficient structure for commuters, tourists, and commercial vehicles between Montreal and the South Shore

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  • Forth Replacement Crossing 1-Year Evaluation

    The impact of Scotland’s iconic crossing of the Firth of Forth

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Supporting our communities

Bridge design, whether on new infrastructure or rehabilitating and maintaining existing assets, is critical to the health—and future—of your community. 

Our goal? To bring together community stakeholders and experts from across various fields to create, maintain, rehabilitate, and manage safe, innovative bridges that span the distances between where we are and where we want to go. Our designers provide bridge engineering, bridge replacement, and bridge servicing on everything from suspension bridges to pedestrian bridges. 

We ensure that new and existing assets are not only highly functional, but also fit the local setting and support their community for decades to come.

How bridges stay healthy

Learn how we helped our client keep this bridge safe for the travelling public.

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Ryan Nataluk: You wouldn't just buy a car and never put new tires on it or do an oil change with it. Well bridges and infrastructure, they need their oil changed every once in a while to keep them up and running.

Kip Skabar: A typical bridge inspection is to actually have an engineering judgment according to an established set of criteria In this case, there's over 40 different bridge component types that have to be evaluated. The only way to access some of these components is by industrial rope access in this case

Marie-Andreé Paulhus: When I was studying, I was a rock climber. I didn't know much about “rope access engineer.” they talked to me about they did rope access and I was like, "What? That's amazing. I want to do that."

Niall Eivers: There's a lot of different tasks that's involved, different personnel. We have crews of 8 to 10 people on-site at one time, different types of equipment machinery.

Kip: There's not too many firms out there that actually have that expertise to put engineers up close and personal with cable-stayed structures such as this at high elevations.

Ryan: we're inspectors first and we're climbers second. We use the climbing as a tool to inspect. You need to know material properties of steel, concrete, timber, so you know when they sit in the elements over time, how they deteriorate, and most importantly, how our clients can repair them or protect them. I've climbed many mountains around the world and dropped into a lot of caves. and so Once I learned that I could actually use my skills to perform, use my climbing skills to perform engineering, it was exciting for me.

Kip: By doing an inspection like this, we're actually setting providing a set of baseline data in order to help us better manage the asset over its lifespan. we're following the Ministry standards for bridge inspection in such a way that the condition ratings are applied in a very similar manner by qualified inspectors so that that inspection form can be compared to all the other precedent type of bridge inspections that have been done, and therefore, the end result is much more valuable to the city.

Steve Brown: It was interesting, when we did go out to tender, Stantec were the only ones that actually had climbers onboard. The rest we're going to be doing it by binoculars and by what they called a visual inspection. I think just by having climbers, we're getting a closer inspection, a far greater inspection.

Kip: I’m really excited to bring the team together today and its really rewarding to see everything happening very safely and going off according to our plan. Hopefully you’ll see Stantec inspectors one day hanging off of other cables in the area, and we’ll be doing it safely and we’ll be helping our clients to better manage their structure assets over the entire lifespan of the bridge.

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Baudette – Rainy River International Bridge Replacement

Gaining consensus among stakeholders can be difficult on any design project. When the project includes over 90 stakeholders spanning two cities, two states, and two countries, consensus can seem unattainable. That was the challenge facing our team on the Baudette-Rainy River International Bridge replacement. By working collaboratively and making cooperative decisions, the team was able to meet the requirements of two countries and keep all stakeholders happy. Read More
Expert Spotlight

Reed Ellis, Vice President, Bridges

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.

Ryan Nataluk, Vice President, Infrastructure Inspection

Our structure inspection and asset management capabilities help our clients keep their transportation networks open and moving for roadway users.
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Elizabeth Gilbert , Senior Structural Engineer

People will remember how you made them feel; the words you choose and the actions.
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Christian Wiederholz, Associate

I want clients to see me as a practical engineer: finding pragmatic solutions to complex problems with the goal of getting things done.

Victoria Plunkey, Structural Engineer

I love that my job enables me to be a productive force in the community by creating transportation solutions that serve millions of people.

James Skilton, Senior Associate, Bridges

I take great satisfaction from seeing people using and benefiting from the bridges I have designed.

Jan Hansen, Senior Bridge Engineer

I have a passion for designing and restoring bridges that serve their purpose and stand the test of time.

Reed Ellis

Vice President, Bridges

Ryan Nataluk

Vice President, Infrastructure Inspection

Elizabeth Gilbert

Senior Structural Engineer

Christian Wiederholz


Victoria Plunkey

Structural Engineer

James Skilton

Senior Associate, Bridges

Jan Hansen

Senior Bridge Engineer


Bridge Inspection & Assessment Inspections extend bridge lifespans.
Bridge Maintenance We keep bridges running.
Construction Inspection & Management Ensuring quality–from design to closeout.
Detailed Engineering & Design Big picture engineering in every detail.
Environmental Services We’ve got the environment down to a science.
Program Management Achieving predictable project outcomes.
Traffic Engineering Our traffic engineers keep people and goods moving safely and efficiently, helping you find more time in your day by spending less time in your car.

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