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NCE/Ground Engineering Tunnelling Conference: Underground Prospects

The tunnelling industry is set to continue growing. The annual NCE/ Ground Engineering Tunnelling Conference will ensure delegates know exactly where the opportunities lie.

More and more people are set to become city dwellers over the next 50 years and infrastructure planners are already looking below ground for new ways to provide transport and services to meet current and future demands.

The tunnelling projects that will provide the answers to growing challenges of urbanisation will be one of the main topics addressed by annual NCE/Ground Engineering Tunnelling Conference, to be held in London on Wednesday 27 November.

The event will also look at innovation on the current crop of major projects and deliver insight into the challenges these schemes face.

Halcrow global technical director for tunnelling and past International Tunnelling Association president Martin Knights will chair the event, which will start with a keynote address from Transport for London’s Richard Di Cani.

He will look at the impact High Speed 2 (HS2), Crossrail 2, the Silvertown Tunnel and Northern Line extension could have on the London rail network.

The conference will examine the tunnelling projects that will provide answers to the challenges of urbanisation

HS2 technical director Andrew McNaughton will expand on the tunnelling planned for his project, while Thames Water head of Thames Tideway Tunnel Phil Stride will discuss the tunnelling to deliver a modern sewer system for London.

Challenges of maintaining ageing tunnels while upgrading others will be the focus of a presentation by London Underground profession head for deep tube tunnels Keith Bowers. Progress on Crossrail will be another highlight.

The conference will also look at overseas opportunities with case studies on the Copenhagen and Doha metros.

With continued growth in the global tunnelling market expected, the afternoon panel discussion will look at whether the sector has the right skills to meet the demand. London Bridge Associates chairman Bob Ibell, Morgan Sindall Underground Professional Services managing director Colin Eddie, TUCA tunnelling and underground construction product manager Melvyn Parr and University of Warwick school of engineering teaching fellow Benoit Jones will examine the challenges of developing the right skills at the right time. The conference will also include a presentation on United Utilities’ Preston 7 project where ground conditions resulted in the technique being changed part way through construction to deliver the scheme successfully.

  • Book before 1 November and quote promotional code VIP-TP-13 to save £50 off the normal delegate rate. To register your interest or to book your place, please contact Jerome Pratt on 0203 033 2664 or



BIM Benefits

The main conference will be supplemented with a half-day seminar session looking at the use of Building Information Modelling (BIM) the day before on Tuesday 26 November between 2pm and 5.30pm.

Atkins director Anne Kemp will start the session by clarifying what BIM means for the tunnelling industry, as well as the wider construction market. She will also explain practical applications of BIM in tunnelling projects.

As well as insights into the use of BIM by Crossrail and Transport for London, speakers will use in-depth case studies to explain the benefits of using BIM on New York’s East Side Access Project and London’s Victoria Station upgrade.



Delegate Testimonials

“An informative and insightful catch-up for the important tunnelling issues in the UK and abroad”

Business winning director, Balfour Beatty


“Fascinating look at some of the large tunnel-based information projects currently being undertaken in the UK”

Assistant tunnels engineer, London Underground

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