Leonardo Royal Hotel London Tower Bridge
5 December 2019

PROGRAMME​

December 2019
Leonardo Royal Hotel London Tower Bridge

5 December 2019 - Daytime Schedule

TIME

PROGRAMME

08:30 – 09:00

Registration and refreshments

09:00 – 09:10

Chair’s welcome

09:10 – 09:40

Opening keynote, followed by Q&A

Think Deep UK: Harnessing underground space for smarter and more sustainable urban cities
Stephanie Bricker,
urban geoscience lead, BGS
Patrick Cox,
major projects director, AECOM

09:40 – 10:30

Major client panel
Delivering world class tunnels of the future – Mitigating challenges and driving opportunities

A panel of major clients will debate the common challenges that need to be mitigated on tunnelling projects, lessons that can be learnt from previous schemes and the opportunities for driving innovation. How can we reduce the uncertainty around large projects? What lessons does the industry need to draw from Crossrail? Where and how can innovation play a role in improving the design, delivery and management of tunnel infrastructure? 

10:30 – 11:00

Refreshments and networking

11:00 – 12:30

STREAM A: UK PROJECT UPDATES STAGE

STREAM B: TECH & INNOVATION  STAGE

TUNNELLING AWARDS: INNOVATION SHOWCASE

 

Two case studies sharing current and upcoming UK schemes, with a focus on each scheme’s specific challenges, design and construction strategy, innovative methods and key milestones.

  • Connecting Woodsmith to the World – Progress of the 37km Mineral Transportation System Tunnel
  • Lower Thames Crossing, the next steps

A series of spotlight talks showcasing the latest innovations and technologies across the tunnelling industry.

  • The role of machine learning and AI in the tunnelling space
  • Using data to optimise Growing Underground
  • Tunnelling for Hyperloop – Sharing BTS research

Drop into one of five of our Innovation Showcase hubs to watch live shortlist pitches and learn from some of the best companies, projects or teams as they demonstrate their tunnelling expertise to the judging panel. 

Live-pitched categories:
Innovation in Design & Delivery
Innovation in Instrumentation & Monitoring
Innovation in Shaft Design & Construction
Innovation in Tunnel Excavation
Innovation in Tunnel Lining
Innovation in Tunnel Fit-Out, Operations & Maintenance

View the full shortlist here

12:30 – 13:30

Lunch and networking

13:30 – 15:00

STREAM A: INTERNATIONAL PROJECTS STAGE

STREAM B: BIG ISSUES STAGE

TUNNELLING AWARDS: INNOVATION SHOWCASE

 

Two case studies sharing major international schemes, with a focus on each scheme’s specific challenges, design and construction strategy, innovative methods and key milestones.

  • Grand Paris Express – A project update on the ambitious 200km of new metro lines
  • Australia’s major metro schemes – An overview of progress on Sydney and Melbourne Metros 

A series of case studies and spotlight talks exploring innovative approaches to major industry challenges.
 

  • Workforce wellbeing and mental health awareness on the Northern Line Extension
  • Tideway tunnelling – Delivering safely
  • Attracting and retaining talent in the tunnelling community – Sharing BTSYM initiatives
  • Attracting and retaining talent – Developing and valuing a competent workforce

Drop into one of five of our Innovation Showcase hubs to watch live shortlist pitches to the judging panel and learn from some of the best companies, projects or teams as they demonstrate their tunnelling expertise. 

Live-pitched categories:
Innovation in Design & Delivery
Innovation in Instrumentation & Monitoring
Innovation in Shaft Design & Construction
Innovation in Tunnel Excavation
Innovation in Tunnel Lining
Innovation in Tunnel Fit-Out, Operations & Maintenance

View the full shortlist here

15:00 – 15:30

Refreshments and networking

15:30 – 15:45

Afternoon keynote
A vision for smarter tunnels – How innovation and technology will shape the way we design, build and manage tunnel infrastructure in the future

15:45 – 16:30

Industry debate – Is our industry fit for the next 25 years of tunnelling projects?
Bringing together stakeholders from across the industry, the panel will explore what is needed from the industry to deliver the pipeline of tunnelling. How can we improve procurement processes in a post-Brexit world and how can we procure with innovation in mind? How can we improve knowledge sharing and knowledge transfer and whose responsibility is it? Finally, how can the tunnelling industry better engage with the sustainability agenda?

16:30 – 16:50

Closing keynote
Setting out the priorities for infrastructure in a post-Brexit Britain and the critical role that tunnel infrastructure will play in this

16:50

Chair’s closing remarks and close of main festival stage

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