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Media Advisory - Cutting-edge bridge testing machine unveiled at Queen's University

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

KINGSTON – Queen’s University researcher Amir Fam and his team are unveiling a cutting-edge Moving Load Simulator – a technology designed to test structural integrity of bridge materials and design. The new machine could also have an impact locally.


The Moving Load Simulator recreates the forces borne by a bridge as vehicles (personal and commercial) drive across. It collects data which is then analyzed by engineers to assess the performance of all aspects of the bridge’s structure, including deck, girders, joints, and connections.

The $4.2 million in funding to design and build the simulator – the first of its kind in Canada – and other supporting equipment was provided by the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI), the Ontario Research Fund, and the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Sciences, with additional in-kind contributions.

The Ministry of Transportation of Ontario (MTO), who owns and maintains the vast majority of bridges in the province, is one of first partners that will be using the load simulator to test bridges.


The media are invited to a private tour of the new machinery and demonstration of its capabilities. The tour is scheduled for Thursday, July 12 at 9:30 am. The Moving Load Simulator is located in the basement of Ellis Hall. A formal unveiling event is then scheduled to begin at 11 am.


The Moving Load Simulator will be fully operational and Dr. Fam will lead a demonstration.

Anne Craig, Media Relations Officer

613-533-2877 or anne.craig@queensu.ca

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