Leonardo Royal Hotel London Tower Bridge
5 December 2019

PROGRAMME​

5 December 2019 – Grange Tower Bridge Hotel, London

Daytime Schedule

TIME

PROGRAMME

08:30 – 09:00

Registration and refreshments

09:00 – 09:10

Chair’s welcome
Mark Hansford,
editor, New Civil Engineer

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? 

Andy Alder, programme director, Tideway
Michèle Dix,
managing director, Crossrail 2
Tim Smart,
chief engineer, HS2
Andy Swift,
major projects directorate, Transport for London

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.

 

11:00 – 11:35
Connecting Woodsmith to the World – Progress of the 37km Mineral Transportation System Tunnel
Duncan Smith,
area project director Sirius Minerals
 

11:35 – 12:10
Lower Thames Crossing, the next steps

Keith Bowers, tunnels & systems director, Lower Thames Crossing

 

12:10 – 12:30
Speaker Q&A Panel

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

 

11:00 – 11:20

The role of machine learning and AI in the tunnelling space
Brian Sheil,
Royal Academy of Engineering research fellow, University of Oxford

11:20 – 11:40
Using data to optimise Growing Underground
Melanie Jans-Singh,
PhD student, University of Cambridge

 

11:40 -11:55

12:00 – 12:15
Speaker Q&A Panel

 

12:15 – 12:30
Tunnelling for Hyperloop – Sharing BTS research
Bill Grose,
owner, Bill Grose Consulting

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.

 

13:30 – 13:50
Grand Paris Express – A project update on the ambitious 200km of new metro lines
Lionel Suquet,
project director of T3C Ligne 15, VINCI Construction Grands Projets 

13:50 – 14:10
Australia’s major metro schemes – An overview of progress on Sydney and Melbourne Metros 
David Naylor, 
senior engineer, Mott MacDonald

 

14:10 – 14:30
Follo Line – Sharing learnings on the 20km tunnelling works of Norway’s biggest transport infrastructure project
Anne Kathrine Kalager,
project manager, Bane NOR

 

14.30 – 15.00
Speaker Q&A panel

 

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

13:30 – 13:45
Workforce wellbeing and mental health awareness on the Northern Line Extension
Louise Ellary,
health & safety leader, FLO


13:45 – 14:00

Tideway tunnelling – Delivering safely
Roger Mears, 
deputy delivery manager, central area, Tideway 

 

14:00 – 14:15
Attracting and retaining talent in the tunnelling community – Sharing BTSYM initiatives
Rashik Bhanderi,
civil engineer, London Bridge Associates, and chair, BTSYM

 

14:15 – 14:30
Attracting and retaining talent – Developing and valuing a competent workforce
Bob Ibell, 
chairman, London Bridge Associates

 

14:30 – 15:00 
Speaker Q&A panel

 

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 – 16:15

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?

Rashik Bhanderi, civil engineer, London Bridge Associates, and chair, BTSYM
Catherine Hallett,
development and sponsorship director, Transport for London
Ivor Thomas,
tunnel manager, BAM Nuttall, and chair, British Tunnelling Society
Roy Slocombe, 
director, Herrenknecht International
Panel moderator: Martin Knights, consultant, Martin Knights Consulting

16:15 – 16:45

Closing keynote
Setting out the priorities for infrastructure in a post-Brexit Britain and the critical role that tunnel infrastructure will play in this
Sir John Armitt, 
chairman, National Infrastructure Commission

16:45

Chair’s closing remarks and close of main festival stage

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