Conferences 2017


Joint NAFEMS / BTS one-day Seminar on Modelling Soil Structural Interaction during Tunnelling Excavation

This event will be held at The University of Warwick. The seminar will focus on numerical modelling of the complex interaction between soil and structure during tunnel excavation. This is a major talking point currently, with over 26 miles of tunnels being built under the UK's capital city as part of Crossrail and numerous London Underground Station Upgrade projects. Ensuring that the tunnels are correctly designed is essential to ensure the safety of those involved in the tunnelling operation as well as ensuring that life above ground carries on without interruption. The event will focus on modelling of the soil-structure interaction behaviour in tunnel construction, with an emphasis on sprayed concrete lining. BTS Members can attend for £50 for the day.

For bookings please go to the NAFEMS website.


BTSYM Conference 2017

The BTSYM Conference 2017 took place on 10th March at Pinsent Masons in London. 


NCE Tunnelling Summit 2017

The New Civil Engineer Tunnelling Summit 2017 will be held at Inmarsat, London on 6 and 7 December. Further details will be available on the NCE website nearer the time.


World Tunnel Congress 2017 in Bergen, Norway

The 2017 ITA-AITES World Tunnel Congress takes place in Bergen, Norway from 9 to 15 June. The theme of the congress is Surface Challenges - Underground Solutions. The congress venue is Grieghallen conference centre located in the centre of Bergen. Full details are available on the WTC 2017 website. 


TunnelTech 2017

Organised by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and supported by the BTS, Tunnel Tech 2017 is a two-day event focusing on the equipment and technologies that are improving productivity and safety.

The conference will cover

  • updates on current tunnelling projects from the UK such as Hinkley Point C, Thames Tideway, Northern Line Extension, and Paisley Project;
  • international best practice from major tunnelling projects across the world;
  • how technical challenges were managed on the completed Crossrail and Lee Tunnel projects; and
  • a half-day workshop as well as roundtable discussions on best practice in tunnelling health and safety.

NB: Earlybird discount has been extended to 31 August. BTS members can register at same rate as IMechE members. Select 'Member, supporting organisation, when booking online


Underground Solutions Seminar

Organised by Bekaert Maccaferri, this one-day seminar will take place at the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Birdcage Walk.

Items on the agenda are: 

  • Implementing ACI 544 Guidelines into your tunnel design and the benefits of FRC segments
  • TIM (Tunnel Information Management)
  • Review of SCL trails using Dramix 4D
  • SMUTI - in situ QA of SCL works
  • World Mining Games Outlook
  • Sprayed Waterproof Membranes
  • 3Dimensional Segment Checking

The seminar is endorsed by the BTSYM.

For further information please go to the Bakaert Maccaferri Underground Solutions website.


Geotechnique Symposium in Print

This symposium will provide a forum to bring together researchers and practitioners interested in the design and construction of tunnelling works. The event will feature keynote speakers and structured discussion sessions, and include opportunities to network with fellow attendees.