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Unexploded ordinance
31 December, 2015
Uxo (unexploded ordnance) can arise from both hostile and defensive military activity and is often related to World War I and II. Simon Cooke, 6-Alpha Associates, explains to the March 2015 meeting of the British Tunnelling Society how Uxo can pose a risk to tunnelling activities and how risk can be managed and mitigated to alarp (as low as reasonably practical), in accordance with the law and using best practice.

Under fire under work
13 March, 2013
The risk of fire in tunnels under construction can be reduced in several ways. At the November 2012 BTS meeting Barry O’Donoghue, Mott MacDonald site contract manager; Francois Pogu, Vinci's Lee Tunnel project director; Dave Bulbrook, London Fire Brigade group manager; and Donald Lamont of Hyperbaric & Tunnel Safety reviewed the Storbelt and A86 Socatop tunnel fires, protocol for working with fire brigade and current legislation required for contractors.

Tunnel Environment
13 March, 2013
Environmental monitoring is getting an increased focus from tunnel clients, designers and contractors. Alex Conacher speaks to a variety of the parties to find out some of the main concerns, and what developments are being made in thinking and technology.

Rock Me Amadeus
28 February, 2013
NATM is a frequently misunderstood approach to tunnelling. Its de¬ nition, its use and its advantages are often the subject of debate. In this issue of Tunnels, Austrian Society for Geomechanics (OeGG) president Wulf Schubert attempts to tackle the issue.

An art for humble men
19 October, 2012
Tunnels revisits the traditional methods. Hand mining and its health and safety related concerns are well known, while the traditional soft ground timber supports are increasingly forgotten, as the old methods get pushed aside by the march of mechanisation. Alex Conacher reports

New compressed air guidelines
10 July, 2012
The March BTS meeting marked the launch of the joint ITA and BTS guidelines for good working practice in high-pressure compressed air (HPCA). BTS input had been through its Compressed Air Working Group. Donald Lamont, principal author of the document, summarised the guidelines. Werner Burger, chief design engineer for Herrenknecht spoke on the problems of HPCA for a manufacturer. Tony Ridley of Tony Ridley Hyperbaric Associates outlined UK experience with HPCA. And Claus Mayer, managing director of Nordseetaucher gave an account of his experiences with HPCA

UK Health and Safety Executive cost recovery scheme delayed
03 April, 2012
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) did not implement its new cost recovery scheme at the start of April as planned.

Modern compressed air and gas work
10 November, 2011
Work in compressed air has its origins in the early-to-mid 19th century. It is relatively uncommon these days and consequently few tunnellers have had experience of current practice. Donald Lamont of Hyperbaric & Tunnel Safety reviews its development, current practice and its context in tunneling

HAVS in the law
23 September, 2011
Whatever the arguments and attitudes about applicability, the legislative framework intended to protect the health of the tunnelling workforce, and those encountering vibration in many other industries is inescapable. The editorial team checked on current legislation in some main tunnelling locations

On shaky ground
15 September, 2011

Vibration deadline at 100
24 August, 2011

Overlooked hazards to occupational health
18 January, 2011
During safety campaigns, whether during planning or in-house inspection, often disproportionate attention is paid to more obvious physical hazards, overlooking those hazards that are less obvious but which call still lead to a deterioration in quality of life, and perhaps death, which can be difficult to relate to the working conditions. Drawing heavily on material supplied by Dr. Donald Lamont, formerly of the UK Health and Safety Executive, Maurice Jones examines the issues involved in tunnelling occupation health, and some other safety hazards, followed by some solutions

Managing ground risk
22 September, 2010
Nigel Legge of Nigel Legge Associates and Iain Suttie of Berwin Leighton Paisner look at the role of project management and contracts in managing ground risk

Belfast Sewers Project – part 2
10 February, 2010
The Belfast Sewers Project was presented at the November 2009 meeting of the British Tunnelling Society. In the second of two articles on the project, Paul Ronicle of the Morgan Est - Farrans JV describes the construction challenges

Forty Years of Tunnels & Tunnelling
02 June, 2009
A retrospective view by Colin Mackenzie

Slurry tunnelling in South Africa
04 September, 2007
At the June meeting of the British Tunnelling Society, a presentation was given by Andrew Officer, of Goba (Pty) Ltd, and Andrew Hindmarch, of Mott MacDonald, on the design and construction of the Durban Harbour Tunnel, in South Africa.

Guidance, not restrictions
03 September, 2007

Cutting to the core
08 August, 2007

HSE restrictions on hand tunnelling
26 July, 2007
Andrew Marshall, secretary of the UK’s Pipe Jacking Association, reviews new HSE guidelines for pipe jacking and their effect on the use of the technique

Design of the UK's Hindhead tunnel
20 June, 2007
Tom Ireland, Mott MacDonald, describes the intricacies of one of the UK’s premier upcoming tunnelling projects