Epic Project Management: The Øresund Bridge: Episode 26

January 27, 2014

Hello everyone and welcome to episode 26 of the PM for the Masses Podcast!

Today we talk about the absolutely stunning Øresund Bridge, which connects Sweden and Denmark.  This project is specially unique because it involves a bridge, an island, and a tunnel.  For this episode of the PM for the Masses podcast, I speak with Klaus Falbe-Hansen, project manager of this epic project.

Press the “play” button on top of this post to listen to my conversation with Klaus Falbe-Hansen and learn about:

  • Environmental concerns and workarounds encountered during this project
  • The design process
  • Project Management
  • Project communications
  • The dynamics between Sweden and Denmark as they co-manage this landmark asset
  • Was this project delivered on time and on budget?
  • Risk management
  • Some of the construction solutions used during this project
  • Lessons learned
  • And many other fascinating aspects of this fantastic project.

Klaus Falbe-Hansen


Mr Falbe-Hansen has 40 years experience in the design of bridges worldwide.

He has been responsible for all phases of project development from feasibility studies and concept design through to detailed design, preparation of contract documentation and site supervision. He has experience of ‘design/build’ contracts and commissions carried out directly for client authorities. He was responsible for the design of Kylesku Bridge, which has won a number of design awards.

From 1987 to 1990 he was responsible for the Bridges Group of Ove Arup Hong Kong and was responsible for the successful alternative design for Kwun Tong Bypass Phases II and III, which introduced balanced cantilever construction using precast segments to Hong Kong. From 1991 to 1993 he was Resident Principal, responsible for the firm’s activities in Germany and for establishing offices in Leipzig and Berlin.

He was Director of Ove Arup and Partners Danmark A/S, responsible for the detailed conceptual design, the technical tender documentation and the auditing and monitoring of the construction of the 7.8km Øresund Bridge, part of the Øresund Link between Denmark and Sweden. The Link was opened 1July 2000 three months ahead of schedule and on budget. The bridge contains a cable-stayed main span of 490m, which is the longest cable-stayed span in the world carrying both road and rail traffic.

Mr Falbe-Hansen has since 2006 worked as a Consultant to Arup.

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