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West Ham Flood Alleviation Scheme 26 July, 2010 For the May 2010 meeting of the British Tunnelling Society Steve Lousley of Southern Water, John Sweetnam of Aecom and Andrew Morgan and Tony Parsons of Costain made a presentation on the West Ham Flood Alleviation Scheme in London

The Gotthard Base Tunnel and Sedrun 11 June, 2010 At the March meeting of the British Tunnelling Society Hans Bartschat and Michael Gutzeit of Bilfinger Berger’s Tunnelling Division reviewed the new Gotthard Base Tunnel project, and in particular, the Sedrun section of what will be the longest transport tunnel in the world.

Design and construction of deep shafts 10 June, 2010 At the January meeting of the BTS Alan Auld of Alan Auld Group presented the methods and challenges of deep shaft design and construction

UK’s ability to muster resources 23 March, 2010 With a heavy programme of tunnelling work ahead of it, the UK industry gathered in the ICE Telford Theatre in December to debate its ability to rise to the challenge. Hosted, appropriately, by the BTS Young Members, a packed audience of all ages and affiliations discussed an issue that has generated significant discussion among junior and senior members and is encompassed by the motion: This house believes that the UK tunnelling industry has the sufficient range of engineering expertise and resources to meet the challenges of future projects. As the meeting unfolded, nationalism, internationalism, ageism, and historic reference, all came into the discussion as Neville Harrison (Consultant) and Harnaik Mann (Arup and Vice-Chair of the BTS Young Members committee) proposed the motion and Jon Banyai (Mott MacDonald and Chair of the BTS YM Support Group) and John Edwards (Morgan Est) presented the opposition

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

Canada Line’s ground stability in EPBM 05 June, 2009 At January’s British Tunnelling Society meeting, Jeff Hewitt SVP of Canada Line Rapid Transit Inc, Professor Dan Eisenstein of the University of Alberta, and Marco Moccichino of SELI contractors presented the challenges of EPBM tunnelling and the interaction on soil conditioning

Mine stabilisation beneath Hatfield 23 April, 2009 The joint British Tunnelling Society and Min-South meeting of February 2009 saw a presentation on the stabilisation of old mine workings beneath the Briars Lane area of Hatfield, Hertfordshire, UK, by Chris Milne a geotechnical consultant to Hyder Consulting, Andrew O’Donovan of BAM Ritchies, and John Rigby-Jones of RJM Ground Solutions Ltd.

The Dubai Metro tunnels 30 January, 2009 Dubai’s metro scheme was presented to the October BTS meeting by Paul Groves, Atkins, Junichiro Nakayama, project manager bored tunnels JTM JV and Vijay Singh, tunnels resident engineer for Systra/Parsons JV and covered the Red and Green Lines construction.

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

Crossing the Bosphorus and beyond 05 June, 2008 Daniel Horgan and Douglas Madsen of Parsons Brinckerhoff presented a review of the Bosphorus Crossing project at the March meeting of the British Tunnelling Society

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

Olympic high voltage provider 21 April, 2008 Michael Francis, Parsons Brinckerhoff, Arup’s Alan Winter, and Kevin McManus of Murphy presented a review of the UK’s Lower Lea Valley Cable Tunnels project at the January meeting of the British Tunnelling Society

Crossing the Capital 12 December, 2007 Crossrail has a very long history, with the idea for an east-west rail route across London first mooted by Brunel in 1840. After this all was quiet until 1974, when the London Rail Study took place; it was at this time that Ken Livingstone (now Mayor of London) started campaigning for a cross London railway. Many people have been involved in the project over the last 30 years.

Delivering the DLR Extension 10 November, 2007 At September’s British Tunnelling Society meeting, Harvey Pownall, general manager of concession company WARE, Andy Allder, lead designer for Halcrow, and Dalgit Dhanda project manager for Morgan Est (formerly Amec) presented the contractual, design and construction challenges on London’s Docklands Light Railway (DLR) Woolwich Arsenal Extension

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.

Cooling the Tube 26 July, 2007 At the May British Tunnelling Society meeting, David Waboso, LUL, and Mark Gilbey, Parsons Brinckerhoff, explained the serious problem London Underground has with heat on the platforms and stations. It is seen as critical that this is relieved as soon as possible and the presenters put forward some of the mitigation ideas that are on the table

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

Cleaning up Limerick 15 March, 2007 Russell Naylor, engineers representative for Limerick City Council, Ken McIntyre, of J Barry & Partners, and Peter Jacques, divisional manager tunnelling for J Murphy & Sons, gave a presentation to the British Tunnelling Society in January about the complex works for Ireland’s Main Drainage Scheme in Limerick

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

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