Bridges bring people together, to meet, share ideas, and enjoy each other’s company. They cross divides, connect the economy, and empower societies to thrive. Bridges aren’t just infrastructure. They’re cultural symbols, fascinating in their design and appealing to the imagination.

This vision plays a key role in our projects. At Royal HaskoningDHV Southern Africa, we use our extensive expertise to ensure that infrastructure contributes to and enhances society. 

Bridges and ancillary structures play a critical role in ensuring that Africa’s expanding road network can transport people and goods safely and economically. We want to have a positive impact on communities, through job creation, skills development, road safety education, and environmental custodianship.

Our multidisciplinary specialists work on local and national road and railway projects, from multiple locations around the world. Drawing inspiration from the environment and our global experience, every bridge that we design is unique, rational, and functional.

Our services include:

  • Architectural, structural, and mechanical bridge design, 
  • Feasibility studies,
  • Site and environmental assessments,
  • Engineering and construction supervision, and
  • Bridge management and maintenance.

Bridges and structures technical services

Our South African team offers end-to-end bridges and structures technical services expertise, including:

  • Design competencies:
    o Conventional cast insitu road, rail, and river bridges;
    o Structural steel bridges;
    o Composite precast beam construction;
    o Incrementally launched viaducts;
    o Balanced cantilever construction;
    o Cable stayed and suspension pedestrian bridges;
    o Widening, strengthening, and adaptation of existing bridges;
    o Bridges jacked laterally under existing road and rail;
    o Integral bridges;
    o Major culverts;
    o Peer design reviews.
  • Development of Codes, Standards and Practices
  • Project Management of bridge projectsBridge assessment:
    o Bridge inspections (accredited inspectors);
    o Bridge rehabilitation;
    o Bridge strengthening;
    o Adaptation, widening

Our approach

We follow a Building Information Modelling (BIM) approach, in accordance with international standards ISO19650:1 and ISO19650:2. This ensures effective collaboration with all stakeholders and management of data throughout the project lifecycle.

The South African Bridges & Structures team is passionate about implementing digital ways of working  digital expertise in:

  • 3D and parametric modelling;
  • Visualisation of structures using augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR); and
  • Design workflow automation.

    Our in-house-developed Automated Culvert Design tool drastically reduces design and drafting time for standard box culverts. 


Royal HaskoningDHV Bridges & Structures team, Southern Africa, is a specialist team of engineers, technologists, technicians, modellers, and draughtspersons focusing on the design of bridges and ancillary structures.

The team has many years of collective experience and has worked on multi-award-winning projects throughout Southern Africa and internationally.

Contact us

Gerrit Visser

Specialist Bridge Design Engineer (Bridges and Structures, Infrastructure South Africa)

Pietermaritzburg, ZA

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Neil Gabriel

Director Advisory Group (Bridges and Structures, Infrastructure South Africa)

Pietermaritzburg, ZA

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