lead engineer, underground structures,
Colin is currently working as Lead Engineer for Underground Structures within the High Speed Two (HS2) Project. He has been there over the last 8 years. He is seconded from Jacobs. He is a member of the Institution of Civil Engineers. Colin has over 47 years’ experience in geotechnical engineering and tunnelling working in the UK and overseas.
He started his career in geotechnical engineering (working for contractors, consulting engineers and government departments) and then moved to Norway where he worked at the Norwegian Geotechnical Institute on research projects and the foundation design of gravity base and jacket structures offshore Norway. In Norway he was introduced to rock tunnelling and on return to the UK worked on soft ground tunnelling. He was the main author for the CIRIA C514 Report – Grouting for Ground Engineering and a member of the steering groups/committees for the updates of BS8002 (Earth Retaining Structures), BS8004 (Foundations), BS8081 (Grouted Anchors), CIRIA C760 (Embedded Retaining Walls), BSPAS 8810 (Concrete Segmental Tunnel Linings), BSPAS8811 & 8812 (Temporary Works – Client Procedures & Application of European Standards) and is author/co-author of 40 articles/technical papers.
Colin has worked on a number of tunnelling projects in the UK and overseas including: Highway, Rail, Water & Cable Tunnels and the NIREX Nuclear Waste Site in the United Kingdom; the first sub-sea tunnel in Iceland (Hvalfjordur Highway Tunnel); the Egnatia Motorway Tunnels, Greece, Immersed tube Tunnels in the USA & Canada; Highway & Rail Tunnels in Hong Kong & South Korea. Colin also supported the UK Health & Safety Executive during the investigation of the Heathrow Airport Tunnel collapse which occurred in October 1994.