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HDR’s Robert Moses Answers Five Questions about Movable Bridges in Latest ‘Experts Talk’

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Robert Moses

HDR’s latest Experts Talk interview introduces readers to Robert Moses, the firm’s national movable bridge program leader.

With more than a quarter century in the industry, Moses discusses movable bridge technical solutions. Based in HDR’s Newark, New Jersey, office, Moses describes movable bridges as “more than bridges that must simply open for boats, they behave like complex machines that carry traffic.” His innovations have influenced design, inspection and rehabilitation of more than 200 bascule, swing and vertical-lift bridges, and other movable structures, including retractable stadium roofs.

“The greatest opportunity is to apply modern concepts to traditional elements of movable bridge design,” Moses said, “improving constructability, maintainability and user mobility while reducing the owner’s capital and operating costs.”

HDR’s Experts Talk interview series illuminates various aspects of transportation infrastructure design and delivery. Each subject matter expert offers unique expertise and insights about new and ongoing trends, emerging technologies and the human side of infrastructure.

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Previous Experts Talk interviews include:

  • Manuel Carballo on Bridge Design Innovation. He discusses the 2nd Avenue Bridge replacement project in Detroit as an example of thinking beyond traditional methods.
  • Tammy Heffron on Innovation Through Collaboration. She discusses the Platte Avenue over Sand Creek Bridge Replacement project in Colorado Springs, Colorado, as an example of successful collaboration.
  • Robert Allen on Bridge Information Modeling (BrIM). He explains the advantages and the uses of BrIM, including how it supported decisions during construction of the Gov. Mario M. Cuomo Bridge in New York.
  • Nick Burdette on Accelerated Bridge Construction (ABC). He discusses ABC techniques, uses and benefits, and gives examples from the Herbert C. Bonner Bridge (N.C.), Gov. Mario M. Cuomo Bridge (N.Y.) and Pennsylvania’s Rapid Bridge Replacement P3 project.

About HDR's Transportation Experience

Our award-winning transportation practice is known for solving our clients' most complex mobility challenges across all modes of travel. We are helping with multibillion-dollar programs ranging from managing the Council Bluffs, Iowa Interstate rehabilitation program and the San Diego Mid-Coast Corridor Transit project to designing the I-4 Ultimate P3 project in Florida and the new Governor Mario M. Cuomo Bridge in New York. In addition to planning and engineering, our experts help clients advance projects and programs across the infrastructure life cycle with strategic funding, economic analysis, public engagement, real estate services, program/project controls, risk management and operations and maintenance.

About HDR

For more than a century, HDR has partnered with clients to shape communities and push the boundaries of what’s possible. Our expertise spans nearly 10,000 employees, in more than 200 locations around the world — and counting. Our engineering, architecture, environmental and construction services bring an impressive breadth of knowledge to every project. Our optimistic approach to finding innovative solutions defined our past and drives our future.