15-16 December 2020 | Virtual Event

Programme

The 2020 programme is currently under development but will include keynotes, project case studies, cross-industry debates on major issues and much much more.

PROGRAMME​

15-16 December 2020 – Virtual event

15 December – Day 1

09:30

Opening keynote: Tunnel innovation in an age of Covid-19 – what has changes in 2020?

  • Exploring how Covid-19 has forced sites and businesses to innovate and seek solutions to improve productivity
  • Pinpointing how technology is helping engineers to deliver tunnelling projects safely and to new tighter standards
  • Discussing if the industry is experiencing a permanent shift in practices and how it uses technology to design and monitor tunnelling projects 

09:50

Q&A

10:00

Panel: Renewing and investing in existing tunnel assets to extent their life, improve reliability and reduce carbon

  • What do your investment priorities for tunnels up to 2022 look like?
  • How is technology changing how we manage and maintain existing tunnels?
  • To what extend will industry need to sweat assets or find leaner solutions for the construction?
  • What are you doing to reduce carbon in assets and improve sustainable design?

Pam Rigby, principal geotechnical engineer, United Utilities

Petr Salak, managing director Israel, Dr. Sauer & Partners

10:50

Networking break

11:00

Paris Gran Paris Metro – exploring upcoming contracts to be awards and designs for sections including Line 18 and the new stations for the Olympics.
Senior representative, Vinci

11:20

Copenhagen Cityringen Metro – sharing the challenges from the main drive and how the project teams supported innovation to mitigate risks
George Kafantaris,
Technical & Design Director, CMT – WEBUILD Group

11:40

Q&A

12:00

End of Day 1

16 December – Day 2

09:00

BGS Hyperloop report – surveying the developments in technology and the future challenge to make Hyperloop economically viable
Simon Morgan,
managing director, London Bridge Associates 

09:20

Q&A

09:30

Silvertown Tunnel – assessing the design and programme of the tunnelling works and the milestones ahead

Andrew Lunt, lead sponsor, TfL 

09:50

Highways England – Futuregazing at the tunnel programme, designs and procurement plans for the Lower Thames crossing
Keith Bowers,
tunnels & systems director, Lower Thames Crossing

10:10

Q&A

10:30

Networking break

10:40

Tideway – comparing the tunnelling progress, challenges and solutions being employed across the Western, Central and Eastern sections
Eddie Edmonds,
senior project manager, CVB JV

11:30

Fireside chat: How can the tunnelling industry improve diversity, challenge perceptions and improve it’s image?

  • What is the scale of the diversity challenge facing the sector and how does it compare with the wider engineering community?
  • How are businesses and the industry currently addressing the under representation of women and the BAME community in the workforce and what more is needed?

Alison Norrish, director, Arup

12:00

End of conference programme and start of Awards ceremony networking 

12:30

Awards Ceremony starts

13:30

End of Festival

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