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Divik Bandopadhyaya Interview
30 December, 2021
Aged 27, Divik Bandopadhyaya has just completed a one-year stint as chair of BTSYM. He discusses his education, interests and career to date, offering along the way some advice to newly-qualified tunnel engineers. George Demetri reports
29 November, 2021
Dr Toby Roberts, chairman of WJ Group, gave the BTS lecture online in September 2021 on the range of dewatering strategies used to manage groundwater for underground construction in the London Basin. Reported by Mehdi Hosseini of London Bridge Associates
Learning from three great challenges
07 May, 2021
Mehdi Hosseini of London Bridge Associates reports on the recent BTS talk – ‘Three Great Challenges: Experience from TBM Tunnelling in Difficult Ground’ – given in January by Robbins president Lok Home
Harding Prize yields another young worthy winner
16 April, 2021
Presentations from three promising young tunnel engineers kept an audience fascinated for the best part of two hours yesterday evening during the online Harding Prize final organised by the British Tunnelling Society Young Members (BTSYM). So, the winner of the 2021 Harding Prize is…
Collaboration, communication and competence updated
25 March, 2021
The following article by Bob Ibell, founder and director of London Bridge Associates, is based on a past Harding Lecture and has been updated by the author in celebration of the BTS 50th Anniversary
Review of ITA working group 12 PSCL linings
24 March, 2021
Martin Knights, Independent Consulting Engineer, former ITA President and Chair of London Bridge Associates reviews the new ITA Working Group 12: Permanent Sprayed Concrete Linings guidelines
Bob Ibell awarded BTS James Clark Medal
23 March, 2021
Robert Ibell, co-founder and director of London Bridge Associates, has been awarded the British Tunnelling Society (BTS) James Clark Medal for 2021.
Hudson Tunnel is repairable even before building a new one says LBA
26 November, 2020
A report drawn up by UK-based tunnel consultant London Bridge Associates (LBA) claims that the ailing 110-year old Hudson Tunnel can be repaired without having to wait for the construction of a new tunnel.
BTS celebrates 50 years
19 November, 2020
In February 2021, the British Tunnelling Society will be 50. To celebrate, it is compiling a major retrospective to chart half a century of momentous advances in tunnelling, recording the changes through the eyes of tunnellers. George Demetri takes a look
Extending the Tamoios highway
23 October, 2020
Located mostly in Brazilian rainforest, the Tamoios highway and tunnel project is of critical importance to the Brazilian economy. It was the subject of the BTSYM talk in September given by project director Pedro Soares dos Anjos. Report by Divik Bandopadhyaya of London Bridge Associates
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.
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.