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BGA Touring Lecture dates announced

urban tunnel

Tunnelling in the urban environments will be the focus of the British Geotechnical Association’s 2017 Touring Lecture which will be delivered by University of Cambridge professor of infrastructure geotechnics Giulia Viggiani.

Viggiani will deliver the lecture on three dates in November at venues in Belfast, Southampton and Birmingham.

According to Viggiani, tunnelling construction is forced to address increasingly complex scenarios, and the ability to control displacements during excavation and in the long term is often a crucial issue in the urban environment. The technical challenges stemming from the construction of large underground projects can represent an opportunity to advance our understanding of the impact of mechanised tunnelling on existing structures and to develop tools to optimise design and control construction processes.

The lecture explores this idea by illustrating the results of a collaborative research project carried out in connection to the design and construction of the third line of Roma underground. The project examined mechanised tunnelling and construction processes, tunnelling-induced damage assessment and connected mitigation and remedial measures, using a combination of field monitoring, laboratory observations, and physical and numerical modelling.

The lecture dates are:

8 November - Queen’s University Belfast
Hosted by the Northern Ireland Geotechnical Group
Refeshments from 5.30pm and lecture starts at 6.15pm
Location: Lecture Theatre 0G/012, David Kier Building, Stranmillis Road, Belfast BT9 5AG
Contact: Keri Fitzpatrick, email: kfitzpatrick@cassidygeo.com or tel: 028 90798700

13 November - Southampton Solent University
Hosted by the Southern Geotechnical Group
Refreshments from 6pm and lecture starts at 6.30pm
Location: Solent Conference Centre, The Spark, Southampton Solent University, East Park Terrace, Southampton, Hampshire SO14 0LY
Contact: Ross Adams, email: Ross.Adams@ramboll.co.uk or tel 07855 090926

15 November - Birmingham
Hosted by the Midland Geotechnical Society
Refreshements from 6.15pm and lecture starts at 7pm
Location: Nyquist theatre at the Arup Campus  Blythe Gate  Blythe Valley Park, Solihull  West Midlands  B90 8AE  
Contact: Lindsay Burt, email: Lindsay.burt@arup.com or tel: 07961 129 


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