The NHVR has announce the appointment of Stewart Garden as its chief structural engineer, commencing on  8 January, 2024.

the NHVR says  that Garden brings extensive experience across the UK and Australia where he has worked within a variety of bridge teams responsible for asset inspections as well as major infrastructure project delivery.

His appointment comes just a few weeks after an embarrassing and  difficult major bridge closure and restrictions on the New England Highway at Tarro near Newcastle

NHVR CEO Sal Petroccitto said Garden’s knowledge of bridge engineering and infrastructure management will help bolster the NHVR’s work in bridge assessments.

“Stewart’s 23 years of experience in civil and structural engineering is a great asset to our team and will aid in delivering the Strategic Local Government Asset Assessment Project (SLGAAP),” Mr Petroccitto said.

“His appointment is well-timed, and his knowledge will support the team to  provide greater support for councils as they assess the capability of their bridges  and inform their heavy-vehicle access decision-making.”

“I congratulate Stewart on behalf of the NHVR staff and Board and look forward to working with him.”