Future Evening Meetings

Due to the ongoing situation with Covid-19 and Government's policies, the Institution of Civil Engineers is closed for all events until the 1st May – we therefore will not have a BTS meeting in April. The April BTSYM meeting will be streamed live. The BTS holds monthly evening meetings from September to June, generally on the third Thursday of the month. Unless otherwise stated, the meetings are at the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) with the lecture starting at 6pm. Additional meetings are arranged by the BTS Young Members, by regional groups and as joint meetings with other societies. Click on the calendar icon to place this meeting in your Outlook calendar and click on the download button for a copy of the flyer.


BTS May Meeting: AGM followed by An industry first collaboration on Silica Dust control in Tunnelling - Australian Tunnelling Society Working Group

The presentation will introduce the key outcomes from the ATS’ Air Quality Working Group which was formed to enable the Australian tunnelling industry to work together with an initial focus on respirable crystalline silica (“silica dust”). This initiative included representation from clients, contractors, and the regulator in the delivery phase of 80km of infrastructure scale tunnelling. The group collectively produced reference material that previously did not exist in the tunnel construction industry’s body of knowledge. In 2019 this group was awarded the ITA Award – Safety Initiative of the Year.


Kate Cole – Working Group Chair (Cole Health)

BTSYM June Meeting


BTS June Meeting:Historical Tunnel Construction – Building tunnels in the 19th Century

The presentation will look at the system by which tunnels were built in the 19th Century following the traditional English method. It will include illustrations based on F.W. Simms 'Practical Tunnelling' for his work at Bletchingley and Saltwood tunnels, C. Gripper and Thomas Walker on the Severn Tunnel and from several other tunnels now belonging to Network Rail. It will show elements of the setting out and sinking of shafts, driving a heading, opening out the main tunnel and lining it and will end by describing some typical tunnel features. Note: Lecture and the Q&A will be broadcasted live on YouTube. Please use the comments section to ask questions on YouTube.


Peter Harris – Director COWI UK

BTSYM September Meeting


BTS September Meeting: Concrete quality and durability - cracking


Harald Schmitt, Carola Edvardsen

NB: Tuesday 6th October at the QEII Conference Centre in Westminster.


BTSYM November Meeting: AGM


BTS November Meeting


BTS December Meeting