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Dewatering London
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

Asset management: Not somebody else’s problem
29 November, 2021
Martin Knights FREng and former ITA President discusses the importance of the intelligent care of ageing assets and gives details of a new initiative tasked with producing guidance on the management of tunnels

Student TBMs battle it out in Las Vegas Boring contest
29 November, 2021
Elon Musk’s Boring Company held its first Not-A-Boring Competition in Las Vegas, Nevada in September which saw student teams from around the world compete to ‘beat the snail’. George Demetri reports on the outcomes

BTS health and safety course start approaches
15 November, 2021
Following the success of its Underground Health and Safety Course over past years, the British Tunnelling Society (BTS) is repeating the two-day event which will run on Monday 22 and Tuesday 23 November 2021.

Digital drive
29 October, 2021
Digital technology promises multiple benefits and is making huge inroads in many sectors but its take-up in tunnelling and other infrastructure projects is still at relatively early stages. Report by Patrick Reynolds

Set in stone
11 October, 2021
For centuries the home of quarrying and more recently mining of the eponymous stone, Portland, England could become home to an exciting new visitor attraction housed in a mine and demonstrating the potential of underground space. George Demetri reports

hyperTunnel technique could revolutionise tunnel construction
07 October, 2021
A British scale-up company has turned tunnel construction on its head and unveiled what could prove to be a revolutionary system for creating tunnels.

BTS conference opens its doors to the tunnelling fraternity
29 September, 2021
Having opened on Thursday 30 September, the two-day BTS 2020+1 British Tunnelling Society annual conference and exhibition held at the QE2 Conference Centre, London has started to welcome visitors from around the world.

Set in stone
07 September, 2021
For centuries the home of quarrying and more recently mining of the eponymous stone, Portland, England could become home to an exciting new visitor attraction housed in a mine and demonstrating the potential of underground space. George Demetri reports

Delivering Selina
27 July, 2021
Shannon O’Keeffe, Senior Tunnel Agent for Costain Engineering looks at the complex logistics that were initiated to ensure the successful delivery of a TBM to a Thameside site for the boring of Tideway (Eastern Section)

Florence and Cecilia set off
27 July, 2021
HS2 is the largest transport infrastructure project in Europe. Julian Champkin had a lightening tour of the Chiltern Tunnel portal to see the first of the ten TBMs that will work on the project’s 51km twin-tunnels

Groundwater control for tunnelling projects
18 June, 2021
Dr Martin Preene discusses the various dewatering techniques that are available for tunnels and shafts where uncontrolled groundwater ingress could cause disruption and increase costs

The doors to success
17 June, 2021
Bernd Hagenah, Sean Cassady, Jesse Harder and Ana Ruiz-Jimenez of HNTB Corp discuss the benefits of and considerations for the implementation of platform edge doors in modern underground transit and metro rail systems

Implenia to build world’s deepest metro station
06 May, 2021
Swiss construction company Implenia has signed a contract with Stockholm Region for the construction of a new subway station and associated tunnels at Sofia in the Swedish capital. The order is worth around US$85m.

AI and Machine Learning
30 April, 2021
Best use of artificial intelligence in tunnels will need data strategies plus experienced oversight, writes Patrick Reynolds

Robbins reborn
30 April, 2021
After a brief period involving Chinese part-ownership, veteran TBM pioneer Lok Home has bought back his company to set the revived Robbins on a new course of growth. Julian Champkin spoke to him

Tales of tunnelling
23 March, 2021
The British Tunnelling Society was inaugurated exactly 50 years ago. Julian Champkin talked to its members about the society and its immense contribution to tunnelling

Past present and future
23 March, 2021
This article, from September 1999 by Eric Snowdon and Myles O’Reilly examines the progress of UK tunnelling from the mid-19th century onwards, recounting innovations and achievements, examining present activity and assessing the prospects for UK tunnellers

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.

Tunnel industry mourns Dai Heycock
12 March, 2021
When Dai Heycock passed away in July 2020, aged 87, the tunnelling world lost one of its more colourful characters. There cannot be many senior members of the British Tunnelling Society who did not encounter him in their working careers.