An international tour of the observational method, London

7 March, 2016 | 18:00 - 20:00

An international tour of the observational method, London

About this event

This BGA Early Careers Group Event is a unique opportunity to hear about the application of instrumentation, engineering judgement and close collaboration between clients, contractors and designers on award winning projects carried out over two decades. Alan Powderham FREng (Consultant, Mott MacDonald) will cover the Heathrow Express recovery works, the Boston Central Artery tunnel jacking and the Heathrow Airside Road Tunnel.

The lecture was first delivered in 2009 as the Vienna Terzaghi Lecture and has been repeated at lectures in Asia. This is the first time the lecture has been presented in the UK and will offer an enjoyable and comprehensive treatise of the potential of the method.

Event materials

The following materials are available for download:


Alan Powderham

Alan Powderham retired as Director of Mott MacDonald's Transportation Division in 2011. He is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, the Institution of Civil Engineers and the Institution of Structural Engineers, and has served on many industry committees including the Standing Committee on Structural Safety (SCOSS).

Alan has received numerous accolades for his work in ground engineering including the ICE Gold Medal. In 2010, he was awarded the Sustained Achievement Award by the Royal Academy of Engineering. He currently serves on the Engineering Expert Panel for London's Crossrail.