Michel Virlogeux

Michel Virlogeux

Michel Virlogeux, born in 1946 in La Flèche in the Sarthe department, is a French structural engineer and builder of bridges and viaducts.

After completing all his studies at the Prytanée National Militaire in La Flèche, he graduated from the Ecole Polytechnique in 1967 and from the French National School of Bridges and Roads in 1970. In January 1974, he joined the engineering department of the Etudes des Routes et Autoroutes (ETRA), becoming the technical manager responsible for the design and construction of cable-stayed bridges in France.

In 1980, he became head of the bridges division, and in 1987 head of the steel and concrete bridges division. Over twenty years, he would design more than 100 bridges, including the Normandy Bridge (1995), whose construction took four years. In 1995, he left the French administration to become an independent engineering consultant.

Michel Virlogeux has also been actively involved in engineering associations such as the French Association of Civil Engineering (AFGC), from 1974 to 1995; the International Federation of Prestressing (FIP), of which he was chairman in 1996; the International Federation of Concrete (FIB), of which he was chairman in 1998 and 2000, after the merger of the FIP and the European Committee for Concrete (CEB).

Amongst his major achievements, besides the Millau Viaduct, of note are: his participation in the construction of the second Tagus crossing in Lisbon, his work on the double TGV viaduct in Avignon, and the Jacques Chaban-Delmas Bridge in Bordeaux. The latter, inaugurated in 2013, measured 443 metres long and featured a central span of 117 metres that could be raised up over 50 metres.
Many of the structures he has worked on have won French or international awards.

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