Day 90/365 of Steel – Michel Virlogeux

Michel Virlogeux, born on 7 July 1946 in Vichy, is a civil engineer and one of France’s leading specialists in the design of bridge and viaduct structures. He graduated from the École Polytechnique in 1967 and became a civil engineer in 1970. In January 1974, he joined the department of the technical service for road and motorway studies (SETRA), in the concrete bridge design department. In 1980, he became head of the division responsible for bridges, and in 1987, the Steel and Concrete Bridges Division. Over a period of 20 years, he designed more than 100 bridges, including the Normandy Bridge, which took four years to build.

In 1995, he left the French administration and became an independent consulting engineer. His main achievements include his participation in the construction of the “second crossing of the Tagus” (Vasco da Gama Bridge) in Lisbon, the design of the Millau Viaduct in France with Norman Foster and Bureau d’études Greisch, and his work on Pont Gustave Flaubert in Rouen.

The Viaduc de Millau
Fig 2: The Viaduc de Millau
Author: Mike Lehmann, Mike Switzerland

Virlogeux is recognized as the authority in the field of concrete bridges, but later on he also became well-known for his work on composite structures in bridge engineering.
I will share posts on the Gustave Flaubert Bridge, the Viaduc de Millau and the Bacalan Bastide bridge later on, no worries.

Gustave Flaubert Bridge
Fig 3: Gustave Flaubert Bridge
Author: Glabb
The Morbihan Bridge
Fig 4: The Morbihan Bridge
credit: Guillaume Huet

About the Author:

Bruno Dursin – Managing Director at Believe in Steel. Bruno has more than 30 years of experience in promoting steel & steel solutions. His clients benefit from his extensive network within the building industry.

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