Harding Memorial Lectures

The Harding Lecture is named after the founder Chairman of the Society, Sir Harold Harding and is given every second year. The lecture is given by an eminent speaker who presents a lecture on their specialist, tunnelling related subject. Selected papers are available for download below.

2019, Thibaut Lockart

Innovations for Tunnels - A Construction Company's View

2018, Bob Ibell

Collaboration, communication and competence in the tunnelling industry

2017, Dr Barry New

Tunnelling Impact Assessment for Utility Pipelines and Tunnels

2014, Donald Lamont

Health and Safety in Tunnelling: Evolution and Revolution

2012, Bill Grose

Underground infrastructure - Meeting the future needs of society


2010, Alistair Biggart

The development and use of closed face tunnelling machines


2008, Arnold Dix

Sound engineering - The challenges of being professional in the 21st Century


2006, Colin Eddie

Tunnelling into the future

2004, Sir Alan Muir Wood

Ahead of the face


2002, Colin MacKenzie

Reflections on 40 years in tunnel contracting


2000, John King

A century of tunnelling and where we go now


1998, Prof Robert Mair

Advances in geotechnical aspects of tunnelling in soft ground

1996, Douglas Parkes

Risk - A tunneller's view