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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.

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

Transport for London names preferred Silvertown Tunnel bidder
30 May, 2019
Great Britain – The Riverlinx consortium is set to build the Silvertown Tunnel. The group comprises Aberdeen Standard Investments, BAM PPP PGGM, Cintra, Macquarie Capital and SK Engineering & Construction.

Underground Movement
03 May, 2019
Tunnels and Tunnelling turns 50 this month. Here follows the magazine’s first ever editorial, reprinted in tribute to the founding editor:

International Iberia
10 April, 2019
Paola De Pascali interviews Spanish infrastructure companies and the Spanish Association of Tunnels and Underground Works to understand how the financial crisis affected the tunnelling industry and how the companies became active abroad, getting a strong presence on the international tunnelling market.

SCL optimisation at bank – a combined lining approach
10 April, 2019
The Bank Station upgrade project made use of a combined lining system, comprising primary and secondary fibre-reinforced sprayed concrete linings. This paper highlights the design considerations for different components of the combined lining.

BTSYM holds 11th annual conference in London
04 April, 2019
Great Britain – The British Tunnelling Society Young Members (BTSYM) held its annual conference in London last month. The event, which took place for the 11th year in a row, aims to provide a platform for young engineers to share their experience and network.

HS2 signs Euston construction partner contract
19 March, 2019
Great Britain – Mace/Dragados will deliver the High Speed 2 (HS2) terminus at London Euston. It will act as a construction partner, working with HS2 and the station designers, to coordinate the building of the new station, including platforms, concourse and links to London Underground and other rail services.

IS Cambridge 2020 calls for papers
15 March, 2019
Great Britain – The 10th International Symposium on Geotechnical Aspects of Underground Construction in Soft Ground has issued its call for papers. The event will be held at Churchill College, Cambridge from 29 June to 1 July 2020.

Anthony Bauer joins HNTB
04 March, 2019
USA – Anthony Bauer has joined HNTB’s national tunnel group as national tunnel practice operations manager – west. Based in Los Angeles, Bauer will support tunnelling projects along the West Coast and broader USA.

Tunnel construction impacts on utility pipelines
12 February, 2019
The lecture was presented at the Institution of Civil Engineers on 19th January 2017. Dr. Barry New was introduced by Lord Robert Mair. This paper is based on the lecture and contains further supporting material and analyses.

Recognising the bentonite machine
24 January, 2019
Paola De Pascali visited John Bartlett following his being awarded the Frank Whittle Medal for the invention of the bentonite tunnelling machine

Tube banks on overhead crane
24 January, 2019
A major upgrade to one of the world’s oldest deep underground railways, at Bank in London, relies on a single overhead crane nestled in a side street. Positioning the crane, and the logistics of its operation, posed a considerable challenge. Will North reports from the site, and sees how the crane contributes to work below ground.

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.

Getting a picture
22 November, 2018
Fugro’s Rod Eddies, Simon Brightwell and Ray Wood discuss how tunnelling risks related to the ground and built structure can be managed into better stakeholder outcomes - such as accelerated construction, extended asset life and optimised return on investment - through integrated and appropriately phased use of modern geoscientific technologies

Tarcisio Celestino
22 November, 2018
Paola De Pascali spoke with ITA president Tarcisio Celestino about his experience at the organisation and in which he shares some goals of the strategic plan

YSE station designers awarded
10 October, 2018
Ontario — Weston Williamson + Partners (WW+P) with WSP Engineers has been retained to design two of the five new stations on the Yonge Subway Extension (YSE) in Toronto and York Region, it announced October 4. This is the practice’s first rail project in the city and follows their work on the Toronto Pearson Airport Masterplan.

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

TDUK turns one
08 October, 2018
Think Deep UK celebrated its first anniversary this summer. Paola De Pascali attended

Thames Tideway connection contract awarded to Barhale
04 October, 2018
Great Britain – Barhale has been awarded a contract to intercept the West Putney Storm Relief CSO and connect it to the main Thames Tideway Tunnel. The GBP 9M (USD 11.7M) contract, which was awarded by Bam Nuttall, Morgan Sindall and Balfour Beatty, will see the construction of a series of underground structures to link the two systems.