In an Anglo-French partnership,    [ dubious — discuss ] it was designed by the French structural engineer Michel Virlogeux and English architect Norman Foster. In the s, high levels of road traffic near Millau in the Tarn valley were causing congestion, especially in the summer due to holiday traffic on the route from Paris to Spain. A method of bypassing Millau had long been considered, not only to ease the flow and reduce journey times for long-distance traffic, but also to improve the quality of access to Millau for its local businesses and residents. One of the solutions considered was the construction of a road bridge to span the river and gorge valley. During —, the government consulted with seven architects and eight structural engineers. During —, a second definition study was made by five associated architect groups and structural engineers.
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From to he served in Tunisia on road projects and at the same time gained his Engineering Doctorate from the Pierre et Marie Curie University also known as "Paris 6". During twenty years he designed more than bridges, including the Normandy Bridge which held the world record for longest cable-stayed bridge for four years.
In he left the French Administration and set up as independent consulting engineer; his major achievements include his participation in the construction of the 'Second Tagus Crossing', the Vasco da Gama Bridge in Lisbon , and the design of the Millau Viaduct in France. Several of his bridges have received architectural awards. He is a member of the French Academy of Technology. He received the IABSE Award of Merit in Structural Engineering in recognition of "his major contributions leading to very significant progress in the field of civil engineering, in particular through the development of external prestressing, landmark cable-stayed bridges and composite structures".
The presentation was presented by Dr. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Michel Virlogeux. Archived from the original on Retrieved Macmillan Memorial Lectures.
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