Other publications

The following are non-BTS publications which may be of interest.

ICE Civil Engineering special issue: call for papers

The ICE Civil Engineering journal is planning a special issue for May 2020 on tunnelling and underground spaces.

The issue aims to showcase the latest innovations and developments in the planning, design, construction and operation of tunnel and underground space projects that benefit society. As the world's cities become ever-more congested and polluted, building down rather than up is becoming an increasingly attractive option for commercial, retail, leisure and even residential developments. There are already many exciting subterranean spaces in the world and many more are being planned. Transport infrastructure has long enjoyed the freedom of travelling beneath man-made and natural obstacles rather than over or around them. As such, there are countless examples of stunning underground engineering and architecture in the global rail, road and air sectors with many more under construction or in development. The energy sector too is a major user of the underground zone, with everything from cable, hydropower and cooling-water tunnels to liquefied natural gas storage and buried pipelines. The water sector also builds giant underground reservoirs, buried water mains, and sewage storage tunnels and shafts. Papers are invited on all aspects of tunnelling and underground space projects from around the world that demonstrate at least one of the following:

  • New applications for tunnels and underground spaces
  • Innovative design and construction techniques
  • Novel ground investigation and treatment solutions
  • Advances in underground health, safety and wellbeing
  • Factory-based manufacture, flying and pop-up factories
  • Lessons learned in operation and maintenance


The deadline for submission of extracts is 1 September 2018.
The deadline submission of full papers is 1 May 2019.

For further information and full journal guidelines, please contact Ben Ramster on T: +44 20 7665 2242; E: ben.ramster@ice.org.uk
For more information about the journal, please visit www.icevirtuallibrary.com

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PAS 8810:2016. Tunnel design - Design of concrete segmental tunnel linings - Code of practice

Segmental tunnel linings are currently designed with reference to a large number of standards and documents. PAS 8810, published in April 2016, brings all of these together into a single, usable standardization document that aims to reduce unnecessary administration and delay by streamlining, clarifying and standardizing the design process for segmental lining design.

For more detailed information on the content of PAS 8810:2016 and/or to order copies please go to the BSI Website.

An introduction to pipe jacking and microtunnelling

The Pipe Jacking Association has published an updated introduction to pipe jacking and microtunnelling. The 24 page colour publication provides an overview of pipe jacking and its benefits, with over 50 updated computer graphics and illustrations. Topics covered include applications and benefits, site investigation, design and construction methods with details of excavation systems available, pipe jacking pipes, and jacking lengths, loads and tolerances.

An introduction to pipe jacking and microtunnelling (ISBN 978 -1-5272-0331-9) is available from the Pipe Jacking Association www.pipejacking.org and costs £25.

Alternatively, pdf copies can be downloaded from the PJA website. A PowerPoint presentation covering the document's content is also available on the PJA website, which, together with downloadable lecture notes, can form part of a CPD programme.

It's Warmer Down Below

Sir Harold Harding's autobiography It's Warmer Down Below was launched at the ICE on Thursday 17th September 2015.

Peppered with amusing anecdotes and observations, it charts Sir Harold's lifelong involvement with civil engineering projects at home and abroad, from his first job in 1922 on the City and South London Railway up until his last weeks in 1986, lobbying for the Channel Tunnel. Sir Harold's granddaughter Amanda Davey edited the manuscript and wrote the final two chapters. They cover Sir Harold's last decade and his involvement with the BTS, of which he was the founding Chairman. The Foreword is by Douglas Parkes.

The book is published by Tilia Publishing UK. For further information or to purchase a copy please click here to visit their website.