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Building tunnels in the 19th century
21 September, 2020
In June, Peter Harris, Director Tunnels and Civil Engineering COWI UK, gave to an online BTS audience a fascinating and scholarly presentation on how the Victorians built their tunnels. Ivor Thomas reports
Supply malaise continues
26 August, 2020
It has been said that many of the jobs we will need in 20 years’ time have not yet been invented. But you can bet your bottom dollar that we will still need engineers in 20, 40, even 200 years’ time. In fact, increasingly complex technological societies – e.g. ones where the exploitation of underground space continues to expand – will probably need even more engineers than they do today.
Guidance on writing a GBR
25 August, 2020
New guidelines being drawn up by CIRIA aim to show how geotechnical baseline reports can help manage geological and geotechnical risk, and reduce costs. George Demetri explains
New BTS report identifies hyperloop challenges
18 August, 2020
A newly-published report, commissioned by the British Tunnelling Society (BTS), looks at and defines how the UK tunnel sector can meet the near sci-fi challenges posed by hyperloop and other transformative transport systems.
UK tunnel sector mourns Alan Gimbert
17 July, 2020
The British Tunnelling Society (BTS) is saddened to announce the recent passing of Alan Gimbert, who died peacefully at home, aged 79 following a 10-month battle with cancer.
Beneath Oslo and the deep fjords
17 July, 2020
Dr Benoît Jones reports on the British Tunnelling Society’s evening meeting which discussed the technical challenges posed by future tunnels in Norway
Banging the drum
10 June, 2020
Kate Cooksey has just assumed the chair of the British Tunnelling Society, as only the first female ever to do so. Here she talks to George Demetri about her career and aspirations for the BTS
The Avon House Case
19 May, 2020
Paola De Pascali talked with Paul Perry, associate director of Hewson consulting Engineers, about the infamous case of Avon House at the Bond Street Station Upgrade (BSSU) project and how it represents an example of sensitive building, which required a detailed investigation and mitigation measures
All good things
11 May, 2020
Hammersmith connection Tunnel
27 March, 2020
The September BTS meeting saw a presentation on the Thames Tideway project’s Hammersmith Connection Tunnel. The talk was presented by Peter Coppenhall of Morgan Sindall, working as the designer’s representative in Thames Tideway West, and Ed Batty of BAM Nuttall, currently working as a Tunnel Manager in the Frogmore Connection Tunnel. This report was prepared for Tunnels and Tunnelling by Rosa Diez, project director for Mott MacDonald
British Tunnelling Society calls for safety input
26 March, 2020
Great Britain – The British Tunnelling Society (BTS) has begun hosting key information from the Transforming Tunnel Safety (TTS) industry group on its website. The hope is that this will make it easier for “busy tunnellers” to quickly access what they need and disseminate it throughout the workforce.
CIRIA sets out cast in-situ concrete project
25 October, 2019
Great Britain – The Construction Industry Research and Information Association (CIRIA) has issued a statement on its project to see what can be done to reduce the defects in cast in-situ reinforced concrete.
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.