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Tunnelling costs and production rates benchmarked
30 September, 2019
Bill Grose of Bill Grose Consulting and Aleister Hellier of the Infrastructure Projects Authority at Her Majesty’s Treasury in the UK present this paper on efforts to benchmark UK tunnelling costs and production rates in 2018
BTS announces Northumbria University meeting
10 July, 2019
Great Britain – The British Tunnelling Society (BTS) will hold an evening meeting at Northumbria University. The event will feature a talk on the topic: ‘Tunnelling Under 21st Century Building Structures: Bond Street Station Upgrade and the infamous case of Avon House’. Speakers will be Andy Clarke (for Costain Laing O’Rourke), Richard Totty (for Bachy) and Paul Perry (formerly of Halcrow Atkins JV.
CIRIA begins work on ground movement impact guidance
04 July, 2019
Great Britain – The Construction Industry Research and Information Association (CIRIA) has held its first steering group meeting for the development of new ground movement impact guidance. The document, ‘P3155 – construction impact from ground movement – assessment and good practice guidance’, is due to be delivered in spring 2020.
Breakthrough on Bangkok’s Chidlom Cable tunnel
01 July, 2019
Thailand – A 3.2m diameter Terratec TBM completed a challenging section of a drive for the Chidlom Cable tunnel project in Bangkok this month. The drive included a 35m-radius curve
Salt of the earth
04 June, 2019
A regular topic on the UK news is the management of roads in wintertime. This usually relates to the delivery of ‘grit’ to local authorities. But where does this ‘grit’ come from and how is it managed such that there is enough to cope with demand? At the BTS/Minsouth meeting in February, the VP of operations for Compass Minerals, Gordon Dunn, delivered a talk on the salt extraction operations at Winsford Mine in Cheshire, report by Andrew Hindmarch
Deepest and Longest
07 May, 2019
Yves Boissonnas, head of tunnelling at Sika Europe Management, the guest speaker at the January BTS lecture, provided a presentation on the Gotthard Base Tunnel
Congress, clients and codes
10 April, 2019
If you are one of the 1,000 or so delegates at the World Tunnel Congress; benvenuto a Napoli. This year it is Europe’s turn to host WTC, with Naples being selected at the 2016 congress in San Francisco as the industry’s chosen gathering point.
BTS Specification for Tunnelling – call for comments
19 March, 2019
Great Britain – The BTS is seeking comments on its Specification for Tunnelling ahead of the next major revision. A blog has been created which will allow tunnelling industry professionals to provide their input, be it related to a single clause or to whole sections.
Hard to miss
12 February, 2019
In this issue of Tunnels and Tunnelling International we have devoted the majority of the magazine to a paper by Dr Barry New of the Geotechnical Consulting Group (GCG). In it, New explores tunnelling impact assessments with a view to protecting existing underground assets. The work has been guided by investigations into failures and studies of the geoenvironment of cities and examines present approaches to the issue, while also making suggestions of how the industry might progress in future.
Hyperloop Challenge taken up in Britain
21 January, 2019
Great Britain – The British Tunnelling Society (BTS) has formed a task force to take on the Hyperloop Challenge. Hyperloop is a rapid transit concept that involves propelling pressurised capsules down reduced-pressure tubes across great distances at enormous speeds. The challenge is to demonstrate a means to reduce the cost of tunnelling by a factor of ten or more, and so make the Hyperloop concept viable.
20 December, 2018
Following reader requests, Alex Conacher visits the VIP-Polymers manufacturing base near Cambridge, UK to learn why a Cast-in gasket’s corners needs to be compressible, not ‘soft’, no matter what specifications currently say
22 November, 2018
Every few months I have a meeting with the magazine’s Editorial Advisory Board, in which I ask their advice, plan future issues and weather some constructive criticism (this editorial will be reviewed at about 11.30am on 18 January 2019 – not that I am feeling self-conscious).
UK prepares for fourth National Tunnelling Day
05 November, 2018
Great Britain – The National Tunnelling Day will take place once again this December. This year it will fall on Thursday 6 December, two days after Saint Barbara’s Day.
Collaboration, communication, competence
08 October, 2018
Bob Ibell, former chair of London Bridge Associates and the British Tunnelling Society, delivered his Harding Lecture in June of this year. The lecture is given by an eminent speaker in the UK, usually every two years, in honour of Sir Harold Harding, the founding chair of the BTS. Alex Conacher produced this account of the talk, which reflected on 50 years in the industry and makes suggestions about where it should be going
21 September, 2018
Alex Conacher interviews Ivor Thomas, tunnel manager for Bam Nuttall, who has spent the past couple of months transitioning from vice chair to chair of the BTS. He will lead the society until 2020
Steering the ship
21 September, 2018
Alex Conacher speaks with Mark Leggett of Mott MacDonald as he takes the immediate past chair position at the British Tunnelling Society and looks back on his two years at the helm
Risk management in major projects
05 September, 2018
Four speakers from across the tunnelling industry gave their perspectives on the management of risk in tunnelling and major infrastructure projects at the October 19 British Tunnelling Society meeting. Bill Grose introduced the topic and set the scene with lessons from history, Kevin Province spoke about catastrophic events and some observations on best practice, Nigel Legge discussed causes of tunnelling failures and methods of risk management, and Patrick Barney gave the perspective of the insurance industry. This report was prepared by Martyn Noak of CH2M
05 September, 2018
A survey earlier in the year found a majority in support of updating the International Tunnelling Insurance Group’s code, T&T reports
Initial Findings from the ITIG survey
03 July, 2018
International – In February 2018 the International Tunnelling Insurance Group (ITIG) launched a survey with the aim of reviewing the penetration and effectiveness of the Code around the world. The survey sought feedback on the application and experience of the Code (or other risk management approaches) and was targeted at all relevant parties (clients, designers, contractors and insurers) with the support of the relevant professional bodies (ITA, BTS and IMIA). The purpose of this note is to provide a summary of the initial findings from the survey and an indication of the proposed next steps.
22 June, 2018
Paola De Pascali talked with Balfour Beatty tunnelling manager and past BTS chair Roger Bridge about the Tunnel Survey course, the first of its kind in the UK