What we do

Roughan & O’Donovan delivers civil engineering infrastructure and bridge projects all over the world.  

From award-winning cable-stayed bridges to small footbridges and culverts, our bridge solutions combine engineering excellence with graceful design.

Our services cover the entire bridge cycle from initial planning, preliminary and detailed design through to inspection, maintenance and rehabilitation.

  • 200+

    Number of bridges designed for contractors since 2007
  • 70+

    Number of railway bridges designed since 2002
  • 1,450+

    Number of principal bridge inspections undertaken since 2009


  • International, national and local authorities
  • National and international private developers
  • National and international contractors
  • International consultants


Our bridge engineers work closely with our in-house transportation and environmental specialists to provide a fully integrated approach specific to each project.  

We use the latest technologies and techniques, including BIM, 3D analysis and modelling.

Research and development

Our research and development company, ROD-IS, uses its knowledge of loading and resistance to assess whether a bridge is safe to remain in service, without the requirement for expensive repair or replacement strategies. 

Core areas of expertise include:

  • Risk based asset management
  • Structural health monitoring
  • Traffic load modelling
  • Weigh in motion
  • Data analysis
  • We reviewed past structural assessments of Navigation Street Bridge in Birmingham to determine the correct load rating for the structure.

    Joe Kelly

    Joe Kelly

    Technical Director
  • We are providing full consultancy services to Irish Rail for the development of remote monitoring systems for its infrastructure assets.

    Tony Dempsey

    Tony Dempsey

  • We carried out a probabilistic assessment of the Malahide Railway Viaduct to predict the remaining life of the viaduct, with and without future interventions.

    Tony Dempsey

    Tony Dempsey



  • Planning
  • Feasibility studies
  • Preliminary design
  • Detailed design
  • Tender design
  • Erection engineering
  • Bridge assessment and maintenance
  • Remediation and strengthening programmes
  • Tender documents and contract administration
  • Independent category III checks
  • Independent certifier
  • Peer review

Specialist integrated services

  • Environmental assessment
  • Geotechnical investigations and design
  • Hydraulic analysis
  • Traffic studies
  • Transport economic studies
  • Risk analysis
  • Integration with roads
  • Railway engineering

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