Future Evening Meetings

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 to place this meeting in your Outlook calendar; click on the download button for a copy of the flyer; and click on the film icon to view the meeting live.


BTSYM AGM and Evening Lecture: Rock Engineering in Underground Space: Investigating the effect of time in the surrounding ground

This talk covers advances in the scientific understanding of time-dependent rock and rockmass behaviour, with a view to increasing awareness of how such phenomena are captured numerically. Furthermore, it aims to lay out a practical framework for dealing with such deformations when predicting tunnel movement – offering an opportunity to bridge the gap between the scientific and industrial community.


Dr Chrisothemis Paraskevopoulou, Lecturer/Assistant Professor in Rock Engineering, University of Leeds

Finsbury Park Squareworks

A presentation on the Finsbury Park Station step-free access scheme for London Underground. This will include information on squareworks tunnelling, shaft sinking and undertrack crossings, all carried out from within a live station.


Waterview Tunnel, New Zealand (Chris Parker Memorial Lecture)

A Memorial Lecture in commemoration of the late Chris Parker (formerly Balfour Beatty International Director and General Manager, with responsibilities for both UK and International tunneling projects), and will include a brief tribute to Chris, by Mike McConnell. The Lecture will be given by Tom Parker (Chris's son) and colleagues, on the Waterview Connection in Auckland, which is the largest and most complex Road Project ever undertaken in NZ. The project includes twin tunnels, each three lanes wide, with an outside diameter of 14.41m, excavated under residential development, the Great North Road, and Auckland's western rail corridor.Tom will also provide a flavour of some of New Zealand's future major infrastructure projects.


Tom Parker (Project Director) and Iain Simmons (Tunnelling Manager)

Tunnel Design Life of 120 years - Definition, Assessment and Improvement

The meeting will focus on design life requirements of tunnels and how these are assessed by designers; and improvements and cost savings that can be made on projects when the concrete mixes are tested early on in the design stage.


Charles Allen, Dr Phil Bamforth, Jon Knights

Joint BTS/Minsouth Meeting: North Yorkshire Polyhalite Project

Please Note: this meeting is on the second (not third) Thursday of the month.


Simon Carter, Development Officer, Sirius Minerals plc

BTS March 2018 Meeting


BTSYM Lecture: Title tbc


Harding Prize Competition

The three finalists of the Harding Prize competition will give an oral presentation of their papers and the audience will be invited to ask questions.


BTS May 2018 Meeting


BTSYM June 2018 Meeting


Harding Memorial Lecture


BTSYM September 2018 Meeting


BTS September 2018 Meeting


BTS October 2018 Meeting


BTSYM November 2018 Meeting


BTS November 2018 Meeting


BTS December 2018 Meeting