Main conference

Main conference

07:45

Basements breakfast briefing (Plus delegates only)
Contractor’s view – assessing the outlook for contractors working in underground spaces and pinpointing what techniques and skills will be in demand 2017-22

  • Alastair Dewar, senior geotechnical engineer, Sir Robert McAlpine
  • Christopher Fesq, deputy technical manager, Bouygues Travaux Publics
08:15

Registration and refreshments

09:10

Opening comments from the chair

​David Beadman, director, Byrne Looby

09:15

Keynote Address 

Assessing the scope for innovation and development in the design and delivery of future underground structures 

Drawing together insight from UK and Global projects to establish the landscape for innovation in design and use of underground spaces and the challenge framework facing many cities in the planning of maximise the space available

Christian Bocci, senior partner, Weston Williamson + Partners

09:35

Geotechnical Keynote

The landscape and challenges facing future underground spaces 

Evaluating the advancement in geotechnical design and techniques used in recent underground projects and pinpointing how this could influence the next generation of schemes

Rob Talby, project director, Mott MacDonald 

09:55

Question and answer panel

The future of underground spaces and what that means for industry ​

10:15

Project in focus

Considering the logistical and construction challenges of building the airside Kilo Taxilane, Heathrow

Stephen Lunn, senior project manager, KILO Apron development programme, Heathrow
Simon Newland, 
senior project manager, KILO Apron development programme, Heathrow

10:45

Question and answer session

11:00

Networking refreshment break

Exhibitor competition – make sure you speak to all the exhibitors during the breaks to be in with a chance to win free tickets to the 2018 event and a bottle of champagne.

Delegates pick between breakout A or B

Breakout A – Commercial projects in focus Breakout B – Digital engineering masterclass in association with Groundforce Shorco​
11:30

Rapid fire project talks Projects include:

Shell Centre – upgrading the existing basements to meet the requirements of the new structure   
Prince of Wales Drive, Battersea – promoting innovation in retaining wall design and construction 

  • Laurent Olivier, project manager, structural, Canary Wharf Contractors
  • Joe Slattery, principal engineer, CGL
  • Peyrouz Modarres, director, Walsh

 

11:30

Chair: Stuart Vaughan, director, Wentworth House Partnership

Case study – 1 Bank Street Canary Wharf
Pierce McCready, quality manager, Byrne Bros
Ajay Nagah, major project manager, Groundforce Shorco
  12:00
 
Exploring developments in digital engineering and virtual basement construction
Cormac Rooney, director, M J Rooney
12:30

Question and answer panel

Contrasting the projects to pinpoint best practice for how industry should deliver future basements

 

12:40

Working Groups

Attendees will discuss in tables the  applications and benefits of digital  engineering basements with  different tables focusing on topic.

13:00

Networking lunch

Exhibitor competition – make sure you speak to all the exhibitors during the breaks to be in with a chance to win free tickets to the 2018 event and a bottle of champagne.

Delegates pick between breakout A or B

Breakout A – Infrastructure in focus Breakout B – Basements construction masterclass
14:00

Operation and maintenance as  influencers in London Underground  station design

Jennifer Henderson, tunnel and project engineer, TfL

14:00

Pitfalls in basement projects- a  geotechnical perspective

Seamus Lefroy-Brooks, principal, LBH  Wembley

14:30

Kirtling St Shaft – evaluating the  design vs the actual construction  of  the Tideway TBM shaft

Ponciano Perez Lupi, project manager, Tideway Central, Ferrovial Agroman

14:20

Evaluating best practice in top-down  construction and why it is becoming the method of choice for  industry

 

15:00 Question and answer session 14:40

Roundtable discussion

What techniques will engineers be  using on future projects?

Will projects continue to become more  challenging to deliver?

    15:00

Feedback and debate

15:20

Afternoon refreshment break

Exhibitor competition - make sure you speak to all the exhibitors during the breaks to be in with a chance to win free tickets to the 2018 event and a bottle of champagne.

15:50

Mega project in focus
Edwardian Hotel, Leicester Square – designing and excavating the deepest ever commercial basement in central London

Exploring the installation of the 42m deep secant pile wall for 30m four story basement, managing site logistics with a constant stream of excavated material and utilising 14 temporary props per level and close monitoring the project to mitigate risks.

Adam Pickles, senior geotechnical engineer, Arup

16:10

Mega project in focus

Nine Elms station box – utilising digitally enhanced designs and construction methodology to construct the new LUL station 
Excavating the 24m, three storey underground space in preparation for the arrival of the TBM, maximising the use of prefabricated components and top-down construction techniques and assessing the impact of digital engineering
Channari Penh, project engineer- Nine Elms, Laing O'Rourke

16:30

Question and answer session

16:40

Future Leaders Panel

What challenges and opportunities do you see for the design and construction of future underground spaces?

  • How is technology changing the capabilities of engineers and contractors?
  • To what extent can we continue to dig deeper and more frequently in urban centres such as London?
  • What should industry be doing to attract the next generation to work in the sector?

Olivia Perkins, sub agent, Kier
Frank O'Leary,
geotechnical engineer, Arup 
Jennifer Henderson,
tunnel and project engineer, TfL

17:10

Closing remarks from chair and end of conference

17:15

Drinks reception

18:30

Basements Roundtable in association with Mabey Group (Invite only)

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