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BTS 2014 Conference and Exhibition – 23rd / 24th September

Following the success of this years event, BTS 2014 will be held again at The Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre, Broad Sanctuary, Westminster, London SW1P 3EE … London’s premier conference venue.

Two days of focused presentations from both the UK and overseas that address the challenges faced by today’s tunnelling industry will be given by experts of international standing. A speaker programme of this quality is a must for all tunnelling professionals and we’re confident that those who attend will not leave disappointed. More details of the conference programme will be shared with you over the coming weeks, but Tunnelling Journal, working with the BTS, have already lined up international speakers from the Kuala Lumpur Metro, Port of Miami Tunnel, Brisbane Airport Tunnel, Washington’s Brightwater Tunnel, the Sparvo mega-TBM Tunnel in Italy, plus a not to be missed exclusive in-depth ‘Lessons Learned’ presentation from the world famous Storebelt Project – and the rare opportunity to hear internationally renowned consultant Nick Barton discussing experiences from 40 years of working with the Q-System. On the home front, speakers from UK projects Crossrail and the Lee Tunnel will present some of the challenges faced during the construction of each, whilst an entire session will be dedicated to pinpointing future opportunities for the UK’s domestic market. Watch this space for much more yet to be announced!

Delegate registration is now open (click here to book now). To take advantage of the Early Bird Rate (£395.00 for BTS members and £445.00 for non-members) you’ll need to confirm you booking before 31st May.  From the 1st June this rate will rise to £445.00 / £495.00 respectively.  All rates are subject to VAT at 20%

If you didn’t attend or exhibit in October last year, watch this short video and hear from some of the delegates, exhibitors and visitors on what they thought of this event … click here (video courtesy of TunnelTalk)

The PDF below is a survey of the delegates, which achieved almost a 50% response rate. BTS 2013 Survey Summary

Further announcements will be made in January on how to book your delegate place /exhibition stand and the various sponsorship opportunities available … watch this space and mark the date on your calendar.


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Connect Techology with VMT

Connect Technology … Communication and supervision of tunnels and large construction sites is becoming more important in coordinating operations and safety. During normal operations and in emergency situations it is crucial that all persons concerned are within contact and may easily be located and alerted. To find out more click here

VIDEO: Robbins Cuts through Obstacles at AMR

Watch our project video to learn how Robbins’ field service team successfully worked together with contractor Jaiprakash Associates at the world’s longest tunnel without intermediate access. The dedicated team overcame hard and abrasive rock, remote and harsh conditions, and a once-in-a-century flood among other challenges at the Alimineti Madhava Reddy (AMR) project.

For more information about this project, check out the case study on the Robbins website.

Brigadier MS Boperai, Joint President - Jaiprakash Associates with Pierre Claassen and James Clark of The Robbins Company

World Tunnel Congress 2014

40th ITA-AITES General Assembly, May 9th to 15th, 2014 – Iguassu Falls – Brazil … for information on the Congress, Programme, Registration, Technical Exhibition and News, please click here Read more

‘A Catalogue of Tunnel Collapses’ … Updated to October 2012

Tunnelling Journal is giving every reader free access to an exhaustive listing of international Tunnel Collapses. The document ‘Catalogue of Notable Tunnel Failure Case Histories’, courtesy of, and compiled by, the Mainland East Division, Geotechnical Engineering Office, Civil Engineering and Development Department of Hong Kong details 36 international collapses, and a further 6 specifically in Hong Kong. Each case, subject to the information available, includes a basic description of the event (many illustrated), the probable cause, the remedial measures undertaken, and the consequences and lessons learned. Some 60 references are also included for further reading. The document is live and will be updated from time to time. To download this must-have listing go to:


Tunnelling Journal Exclusive

Hong Kong’s Geotechnical Engineering Office has recently issued the GEO Report No. 249, “Ground Control for Slurry TBM Tunnelling.” Download your free copy of this ‘must read’ paper from the Civil Engineering and Development Department website, using the link below:  http://www.cedd.gov.hk/eng/publications/geo_reports/geo_rpt249.htm