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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.
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
29 August, 2018
From a childhood passion for Lego to a management attitude for tunnel projects. Paola De Pascali spoke with Leah Jacobs, handover manager at London Bridge Associates and winner of the Harding Prize 2018
First female Harding Prize winner
30 April, 2018
Great Britain – After 32 years the Harding prize has been awarded to a female young tunneller. “I am also proud to be the first woman to win since 1986, which is actually the year I was born,” said Leah Jacobs, who works for London Bridge Associates. Jacobs won the competition bringing her paper on “Changing the safety Culture” based on her contribution to the Waterview Connection project in New Zealand.
New president for Institute of Fire Safety Managers
03 November, 2016
Great Britain - Fire safety consultant Graham Green is the new president of the Institute of Fire Safety Managers (IFSM). The appointment was made at the annual Fire Sector Summit held at the Royal Academy of Surgeons in London.
Cowi’s UK businesses unite under parent brand
10 October, 2016
Great Britain - Flint & Neil and Donaldson Associates will rebrand as Cowi, the Danish company announced. The change will come into effect on 1 January 2017.
Test of Strength
17 August, 2016
The redevelopment of Bond Street Tube station has recently trialled a new method of early strength monitoring of shotcrete. Rhian Owen highlights the risks of spraying concrete and how Strength Monitoring Using Thermal Imaging (SMUTI) could help eliminate the dangers
11 July, 2016
A jobsite incident led subcontractor Joseph Gallagher to the conclusion that piggy-backing on customer behavioural health and safety schemes would no longer be suffi cient. Alex Conacher speaks to managing director Steve Harvey about the process the company went through to implement its ‘Living Incident Free Everyday’ (LIFE) scheme
Read, learn, think
14 March, 2016
After several requests from British engineers, Tunnels and Tunnelling speaks with Bob Ibell, chairman of London Bridge Associates about his career and the unusual set up of his current company, which was formed to escape the whims of corporate decision-makers, and secure work across the project life cycle.
Easy come easy go
14 March, 2016
Relief was probably the general reaction when Seattle Tunnel Partners had been given permission to resume tunnelling by the Washington State Department of Transport.
London Bridge Associates Ltd
11 December, 2015
London Bridge Associates (LBA) is an engineering consultancy specialising in tunnelling, underground works and heavy civil engineering construction.We work at all stages in the project lifecycle providing advice, services and management in construction, engineering, survey, design, programme, cost, assurance, CDM application, and fire safety.We act as consultants using our recognised “industry experts” but also work on an “embedded” basis to strengthen or broaden our clients’ teams at all levels and all project stages.
30 June, 2015
Constructability for tunnel designs has become an increasingly important input into project development for schemes like the new Silvertown crossing in east London, journalist Adrian Greeman Reports.
Young tunnellers at forefront of achievement awards
15 April, 2015
GREAT BRITAIN – Two past chairs of the British Tunnelling Society Young Members (BTSYM) have been shortlisted for the Asian Women of Achievement Awards. Joanne Sui and Anita Wu, both of London Bridge Associates have been nominated for the awards, which were launched over 15 years ago to celebrate the achievements of successful Asian women in British society.
T&T Awards 2011 results
15 December, 2011
London’s VSU project moves closer
30 January, 2009
The Arrowhead Tunnels project
13 August, 2008
Following the British Tunnelling Society’s Annual General Meeting, Brian Fulcher, project director for Shea-Kenny Joint Venture, and Mike Bell, resident engineer for Hatch Mott MacDonald, described overcoming difficult ground conditions and water pressures with two hybrid hard rock TBMs for the Arrowhead Tunnels in Southern California, US
Drill and blast in confined spaces
29 April, 2008
At the joint meeting of the BTS and MinSouth on 21 February 2008, Richard Soloman, project manager for WECS, Damian McGirr, of Donaldson Associates, and Mark Thomas, site manager for WECS, described the drill and blast works on an urban flood alleviation tunnel in Bristol, UK
Monster tunnelling at Glendoe
16 April, 2007
At the March British Tunnelling Society meeting, members from the client, consultant and contractor gave an exhaustive presentation on one of the UK’s largest tunnelling projects
Factors in the Nicoll Highway Collapse
19 February, 2007
The Nicoll Highway collapse, in Singapore, rocked the tunnelling industry. Richard Davies, of Benaim (UK) Ltd, described the events that led to the incident
Competence in the tunnelling industry
01 November, 2002
Prior to their forthcoming lecture, which will be presented to British Tunnelling Society members on 21 November, Douglas Allenby of Edmund Nuttall, Bob Ibell of London Bridge Associates and Peter Jewell of Halliburton KBR, explain the need for an independent assessment of competence within the British tunnelling industry, and discuss current training initiatives