Grange Tower Bridge Hotel, London
6 December 2018

PROGRAMME

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6th December 2018
Grange Tower Bridge Hotel, London

DAYTIME SCHEDULE

TIME

PROGRAMME

08:30 – 09:00

Registration and refreshments

09:00 – 09:10

Welcome

Mark Hansford, editor, New Civil Engineer

09:10 – 09:50

Keynote talk, followed by Q&A

Securing the future of tunnelling: skills, innovation and infrastructure
The last 20 years has seen unprecedented investment in the UK’s infrastructure, the opening keynote explores the future of British tunnelling in a post BREXIT world. What does BREXIT mean for the labour market, delivery capacity, skills gap and our ability to deliver complex projects? And, with ambitious plans for tunnels across the UK, how can our tunnelling industry ensure we are world leaders in innovation?

Stephen Dance, director of infrastructure delivery, Infrastructure and Projects Authority

09:50 – 10:30

Discussion

Evaluating the pipeline of opportunity – new tunnels, new challenges
Bringing together a panel of stakeholders this session will provide an overview of proposed schemes. The panel will offer the latest insight on planned new tunnels, schedules, the challenges and opportunities as well as the key milestones for the pipeline of UK schemes. 

Derek Parody, project director, Highways England
Tim Fenemore,
head of project controls, National Grid

10:30 – 11:00

Refreshments and networking

11:00 – 12:30

STREAM A: PROJECT UPDATE STAGE

STREAM B: BIG ISSUES STAGE

LIVE JUDGING: NCE TUNNELLING AWARDS

 

Delivering the UK’s major projects:

Our morning sessions place a spotlight on schemes that are underway or soon to commence. Each study will explore:

  • An update on the current scheme and key milestones
  • Solutions to challenges and issues
  • Technical insight and specifications covering TBM, shaft linings, delivery logistics, ventilation

Debating the tunnelling industry’s biggest issues:

Our competing stream dives into the biggest issues and challenges facing the tunnelling community now and in the future. Join fellow delegates to explore:

  • How best to attract and retain skilled new tunnelling professionals
  • Improvements in health and safety and how technology can help
  • The role robotics may have in the tunnelling space with lessons applied from the nuclear sector
  • What end users want with a special focus on road tunnels

Tunnelling Awards: Live judging hubs

This year, the Tunnelling Festival allows you to watch, share best practice and learn from some of the best companies, projects or teams that are demonstrating tunnelling expertise at its best. Join the audience and attend shortlist presentations as they are judged live for the following categories:

  • Health, Safety & Wellbeing Initiative of the Year
  • Innovation in Design & Delivery Award
  • Tunnelling Project of the Year (under $100m)
  • Tunnelling Project of the Year ($100m to $1bn)
  • Tunnelling Project of the Year (over $1bn)
  • Tunnelling Team of the Year

Click here for the full shortlist and presentation schedule. Or visit www.tunnelling.newcivilengineer.co.uk

11:00 – 11:30

CASE STUDY: HS2 – addressing final design challenges to delivering the next highspeed project

  • Focusing on the final designs and techniques
  • Understanding the improvements and efficiencies to be introduced by contractors
  • Outlining the challenges ahead for the core North West London tunnelling sections

Tim Smart, chief engineer, High Speed Two (HS2)
Jérôme Furgé, Executive Director UK, Bouygues Travaux Publics

Future fit – how can the industry attract and retain skilled new tunnelling professionals?

The impact of BREXIT is expected to weaken the UK’s ability to deliver large infrastructure projects. This panel considers what the industry can do to make the profession more attractive.

  • What does industry and academia need to do to strengthen its position and close the skills gap?
  • What will be the legacy of Crossrail and TUCA for the next generation of projects?
  • What pockets of best practice are there for supporting getting new blood into the industry?

Nicholas McCrossan, young members chair, BTS & chartered engineer, Mott McDonald
Catherine Hallett, development and sponsorship director, Highways England
Tom Lane, skills, employment & legacy manager, Tideway West

11:30 – 12:00

CASE STUDY: Woodsmith Mine – developing a site in sympathy with the local geology and environment

  • Evaluating best practice in tunnelling in a sensitive environment
  • Engaging local population and groups for buy in
  • Assessing the importance of ongoing investigation to getting the shafts and tunnels designs right

Duncan Smith, area director, Sirius Minerals

Working towards a consistent approach to health and safety

Health and safety remains one of the highest priorities in any project. How should the industry approach risk and accountability across the supply chain? How is technology changing the capabilities of contractors to better manage safety and productivity?

Steve Harvey, group managing director, Joseph Gallagher

12:00 – 12:30

CASE STUDY: Bank Station Capacity Upgrade Project – constructing the £607m station capacity upgrade, one of London Underground’s biggest tube upgrades

  • Update on progress to date
  • Overview of fatigue monitoring and shift patterns
  • Key challenges – pile interceptions

Andy Swift, programme manager - Bank Station Capacity Upgrade Project, Transport for London

Applied learnings from the nuclear industry’s advances in technology

The nuclear industry is leading the way on the use of robotics on site. Our speaker looks at how they are using robotics in nuclear site build and maintenance and applies learning to tunnelling.

Stuart Crooks, managing director, Hinkley Point C

12:30 – 13:30

Lunch and networking

13:30 – 15:00

STREAM A: PROJECT UPDATE STAGE

STREAM B: BIG ISSUES STAGE

LIVE JUDGING: NCE TUNNELLING AWARDS

13:30 – 14:10

CASE STUDY: Lower Thames Crossing – delivering essential infrastructure to support economic growth and ease congestion

  • An update on the consultation process
  • Evaluating progress and overcoming key challenges to date
  • Outlining key milestones and next phase for the project

Tim Jones, project director, Lower Thames Crossing

13:30 – 14:20 World Cafés

Join the world cafés to debate the industry’s biggest challenges. Each café will have a facilitator to introduce and lead the discussion, rounding up with key conclusions at the end. Delegates can choose to attend round table discussions on the following:

What are the blockers to…

  • Successful supply chain partnerships?
  • A consistent and shared approach to health and safety?
  • Effectively managing risk?

Facilitators:

Dave Terry, tunnel engineering manager, London Bridge Associates
Andy Swift, programme manager - Bank Station Capacity Upgrade Project, Transport for London
Andrew Lunt, senior lead sponsor – London River Crossings, Transport for London
Petr Salak, project manager, Dr Sauer & Partners

Tunnelling Awards: Live judging hubs

This year, the Tunnelling Festival allows you to watch, share best practice and learn from some of the best companies, projects or teams that are demonstrating tunnelling expertise at its best. Join the audience and attend shortlist presentations as they are judged live for the following categories:

  • Health, Safety & Wellbeing Initiative of the Year
  • Innovation in Design & Delivery Award
  • Tunnelling Project of the Year (under $100m)
  • Tunnelling Project of the Year ($100m to $1bn)
  • Tunnelling Project of the Year (over $1bn)
  • Tunnelling Team of the Year

Click here for the full shortlist and presentation schedule. Or visit www.tunnelling.newcivilengineer.co.uk

14:10 – 14:50

CASE STUDY: Tideway: Turning the tide on sewage

Delivering the biggest infrastructure project undertaken by the water industry:

  • Evaluating the key challenges to constructing the super sewer
  • Outlining innovative engineering in the design process
  • Ensuring water isolation from tunnel using new secondary lining

Andy Alder, programme director, Tideway

14:20 Tunnel vision – what do users want?

Transport Focus launches a new piece of research looking at user experiences of travelling in road tunnels. Jointly funded by Highways England, this vital piece of consumer insight brings the voice of the road user to the table and provides a clear perspective on future tunnel design, maintenance and operations. There will be a presentation of key findings and recommendations from the research, with a chance to pick up a copy of the summary report and speak to senior staff from Transport Focus and Highways England

Guy Dangerfield, head of strategy, Transport Focus
Nicola Debnam, asset development director, Highways England

14:50 – 15:00

Questions and answer session

15:00 – 15:30

Refreshments and networking

15:30 – 16:30

Tunnelling around the world: shining a spotlight on the most challenging and innovative projects from across the globe

This exciting session takes a look at the most challenging and innovative projects from overseas. With a focus on the technical aspects of design, delivery and innovation, our expert speakers will share key learnings, challenges and innovations to date.

15:30 – 16:00

Tuen Mun-Chek Lap Kok Tunnel – constructing Hong Kong’s largest and deepest subsea twin tube tunnel with a world record breaking TBM

  • Outlining in-house innovations developed for the project
  • Overcoming the key challenge of working in an airtight environment by adopting the saturation technique for maintenance
  • Providing an overview of cross passages mechanised excavation

Antoine Schwob, Technical Manager, Bouygues Travaux Publics 

16:00 – 16:30

Norway’s E39 Programme and Rogfast Tunnel – construction the world’s longest and deepest subsea tunnel

  • Presenting a general overview of the E39 Programme and Rogfast Tunnel
  • Progress to date and key considerations in the design process
  • Outlining the challenges of constructing the deepest subsea tunnel

Kjersti Kvalheim Dunham,
project manager – Coastal Highway Route, E39/ Ferry Free E39

16:30

Question and answer session

16:40

Chair’s closing remarks

Mark Hansford, editor, New Civil Engineer

16:45

Close of main festival stage

Tunnelling Festival Workshop

Technologies evolving instrumentation and monitoring

America Square Conference Centre, 5th December 2018

About:

Join us in our half day workshop designed to provide you with a solid understanding of technological development in instrumentation and monitoring. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn about the new techniques and technologies changing how you monitor projects and hear first-hand from those pioneering their use.

13:00

Registration and refreshments

13:25

Chair’s opening remarks

Martin Knights, independent consulting engineer, Martin Knights Consulting Ltd

13:30

Assessing the new technologies and techniques changing how we monitor projects

  • Exploring the uptake of new technologies in the industry
  • Outlining research projects and development on the horizon
  • Assessing how new techniques and technologies are driving efficiencies

Dr Jamie Standing, reader in ground engineering, Imperial College

14:00

Understanding the latest developments in satellite monitoring

  • An overview of developments in satellite monitoring
  • Exploring how images can be used to monitor movement over large urban areas
  • Outlining how satellite monitoring was used effectively during the Crossrail construction

Javier Gonzalez-Marti, service manager, Crossrail

14:30

Harnessing a range of monitoring methods for a holistic approach at BSCU

  • Introducing the complex above and below ground assets at Bank Station
  • Assessing the different technologies Bank has employed in the underground assets; including real time monitoring of escalators and track tunnels
  • Outlining the approaches employed to various listed and high-profile buildings, using a combination of new and tried and tested monitoring techniques
  • How the use of these monitoring systems has been used as part of an effective risk based approach to construction in the heart of the City of London

Bethan Haig, senior engineer & design manager, Dr Sauer & Partners
Stuart Payne, instrumentation and monitoring survey manager, Bank Station Capacity Upgrade

15:00 – 15:30

Refreshments and networking

15:30

Exploring advances in fibre-optics to improve safety in tunnel monitoring

  • Outlining advances in fibre optics and its potential in tunnel monitoring
  • Understanding the best use and application of fibre optics
  • How fibre optics were used at the Paddington site to monitor the deformation of a Diaphragm wall

Dr Zili Li, lecturer – civil, structural and environmental engineering, University College Cork

16:00

Intelligent real-time monitoring to inform shaft construction

A bespoke monitoring system has been developed at University of Oxford to provide early warning of adverse responses during sinking (e.g. excessive soil-structure interface friction). The monitoring system was trialled on a recent pilot project in the UK involving the construction of a 32 m internal diameter, 20 m deep reinforced concrete caisson.

This session will cover:

  • The monitoring system that was developed and its impact on the construction of the pilot project
  • The potential role for machine learning algorithms in construction monitoring

Brian Shiel, lecturer in engineering science, Oxford University

16:30

Improving safety and productivity of SCL through new technology
 
Benoit Jones, honorary fellow, University of Warwick

16:55

Chair’s closing remarks

Martin Knights, independent consulting engineer, Martin Knights Consulting Ltd

17:00

Close of Workshop

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