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Between a rock and a hard place, online

  • Webinar
  • Online
  • 09 February 2021
  • 18:15 - 19:30
Between a rock and a hard place, online

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Using case studies from Scotland, and around the world, Christopher Jack, Technical Director from COWI, will highlight rock engineering challenges and how these were overcome. Note: some projects will be anonymised due to confidentiality requirements.
  • The problems that faults, dykes and associated weathering can cause to tunnelling projects (e.g. stability, construction issues and groundwater inflow) will be highlighted through case studies from Scotland and Sweden.
  •  The significant impact karstic conditions can have on a project will be explored with reference to a hydroelectric tunnel in Central America. In addition, the failings in geological understanding within the project that contributed to the problem will be discussed. 
  • The huge impact that water-sensitive rocks can have on tunnelling projects will be illustrated by another case study from Central America.
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Christopher Jack

Chris is a Technical Director at COWI's Glasgow office with 18 years' experience as a specialist in engineering geology and rock engineering. He has worked throughout the UK and in Eritrea, Georgia, Hong Kong, Jamaica, Jersey, Kazakhstan, Malta, Mongolia, Panama, Republic of Ireland, Singapore and Sweden.

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United Kingdom

For more information please contact:

Lynn Dow

e: [email protected]