Michel Virlogeux

Michel Virlogeux

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Dr. Michel Virlogeux (born 1946, La Flèche, Sarthe, Pays de la Loire) is a French structural engineer and bridge specialist.


Michel Virlogeux graduated from the École Polytechnique in 1967 and from the École Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées in 1970. From 1970 to 1973 he served in Tunisia on road projects and at the same time gained his Engineering Doctorate from the 'Pierre et Marie Curie University' (Sixth Arrondissement, Paris). In January 1974 he joined the Bridge Department of SETRA, the technical service of the French Highway Administration.

In 1980 he became Head of the Large Concrete Bridge Division, and in 1987 of the large Bridge Division, Steel and Concrete. During twenty years he designed more than 100 bridges, including the Normandy Bridge which held the world record for longest cable-stayed bridge for four years. In 1995 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.

Since 1977 Dr Virlogeux has been a part-time professor of structural analysis at the prestigious École Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées and at the "Centre des Hautes Études du Béton Armé et Précontraint" in Paris. He also has been very active in technical associations such as the French Association...
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