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Gold mine conversion focus of BTS February lecture
24 January, 2023
The Kidston pumped storage project – the world's first conversion of a gold mine into a hydroelectric pumped storage facility – is the subject of a joint BTS/Min South meeting in London on February 9.
Tunnelling begins on Scarborough Subway Extension
23 January, 2023
Tunnelling is under way on Toronto’s Scarborough Subway Extension.
25 years of BTS/ICE specification for tunneling
21 November, 2022
The 4th Edition – Collaborating for sustainability
HS2 announces winners of competition to drive best practice
14 November, 2022
HS2 Ltd has announced this year’s winners of a competition to share insight from the UK’s largest construction project with the wider infrastructure industry.
Design and construction of a cavern in downtown LA
31 October, 2022
Christoph Eberle reports on the BTS March evening meeting where Carlos Herranz, Tunnel Design Manager at Mott MacDonald, discussed the design and construction by sequential excavation of LA Metro’s largest underground cavern.
Update on BTS/ICE specification 4th edition
11 October, 2022
At the end of the first day of the BTS Conference today there will be a BTS evening meeting at 6pm with a presentation entitled “The BTS/ICE specification 4th edition. Collaborating for sustainability”, by Christoph Eberle, Chair of the BTS Technical Committee, and Technical Principal at Mott MacDonald.
More JV signs Stonehenge main works contract
03 October, 2022
More joint venture has signed the contract to deliver the £1.25bn tunnel and main construction work at Stonehenge in the UK.
ITA president to give keynote at BTS Conference
27 September, 2022
Newly-elected ITA president Arnold Dix will be a keynote speaker at the BTS Conference and Exhibition in London on October 11-12.
Steps forward in SCL sustainable tunnels
30 August, 2022
Ross Dimmock, vice president for tunnelling at Normet, gave an online talk for the BTS lecture in January to discuss the advancing performance of sprayed concrete lining (SCL) technology in underground construction, including progress to support sustainability
United Utilities Water starts pipeline tender process
16 May, 2022
The tender process for the Haweswater Aqueduct Resilience Programme (HARP) will get under way with a tender launch event in Manchester on June 8.
TBM challenges on a demanding sea outfall
14 April, 2022
Gary Peach, project manager and consultant with Mott MacDonald (Doha, Qatar) discusses the challenges and management deployed to overcome and successfully complete what has been hailed as the Middle East’s longest storm and groundwater tunnel
Tunneller, lawyer and inventor
17 March, 2022
John Bartlett was a founder member/chairman of the British Tunnelling Society. He invented the bentonite tunnelling machine, designed the UK stretch of the Channel Tunnel and provided critical input into many other projects. Julian Champkin offers this appreciation of his life
Implementing parametric design
28 January, 2022
Benjamin Lafarga, 31 and a tunnel engineer with Mott MacDonald, UK, won the BTS Harding Prize 2021 with a paper entitled ‘Implementation of parametric design in the tunnelling industry’. It is reproduced here with the author’s permission
Mitigating a water bearing fissure
29 December, 2021
Emily Riley won the British Geotechnical Association’s (BGA) annual Cooling Prize competition for young professionals with her paper ‘The engineering mitigation of a water bearing fissure in the Chalk at the Tideway Deptford Church Street shaft’. It is reproduced here by kind permission of the BGA
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
Construction about to begin at Kinguele Aval hydro
25 August, 2021
Financial closure has been declared for the Kinguele Aval hydropower project in Gabon, Central Africa.
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)
Crossing the roads
18 June, 2021
The Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel expansion scheme will bring new life to the most congested route in Virginia. Julian Champkin reports
AI and Machine Learning
30 April, 2021
Best use of artificial intelligence in tunnels will need data strategies plus experienced oversight, writes Patrick Reynolds
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…