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Cafe Scientifique is a place where, for the price of a cup of coffee or a glass of wine, anyone can come to explore the latest ideas in science and technology. Meetings take place in cafes, bars, restaurants and even theatres, but always outside a traditional academic context.

Cafe Scientifique is a forum for debating science issues, not a shop window for science. We are committed to promoting public engagement with science and to making science accountable.

When: Monthly. From 2018, the dates will vary each month due to space restriction.

Where: Please double check the event announcement.  It is usually held at:

The MadLabMadLab at PLANT NOMA, Redfern, Dantzic Street, NOMA, Manchester M60 0AE
or Zochonis Building, Brunswick Street, University of Manchester, M13 9GB


Date 25 September 2018
Title Cafe Sci: The Engineering behind the Ordsall Chord
Speaker Jason Hyde

Hey folks,

Welcome back to the new academic year and hope you all had a fabulous summer break!

Our next Café Scientifique will be heldon *Tuesday 25 Sep 2018* at 6:30 PM at Zochonis Building, Brunswick Street, M13 9GB. Our speaker is Jason Hyde, a Chartered Civil Engineer with seven years’ experience years’ experience in the design, assessment, strengthening, modification and construction of structures (principally in the bridges sector). His work has involved highway, railway and light rail infrastructure projects both in the UK and Europe at all stages of projects. Jason is the Digital Delivery Leader for the Western Division of Mott MacDonald and recently has been tasked with the delivery of a “Go Digital” strategy across the division. Jason has been involved in the innovative use of technology across projects and recently delivered the UK’s first steel bridge from design to construction without the use of conventional 2D drawings providing time and cost savings to all parties involved.

In this talk, Jason will focus on the engineering behind some of the structures on the Ordsall Chord along with the collaborative approach to the delivery of the project. The Ordsall Chord links Manchester’s Victoria, Oxford Road and Piccadilly stations and is part of the Great North Rail Project. Opened at the end of 2017, it created improved north-south rail connectivity, removed conflicting operational moves to the south of Piccadilly station, and allowed a number of new direct rail services to be introduced.

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