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The lecture will give a very brief introduction to compressed air work and its use for cutterhead maintenance interventions on Tunnel Boring Machines.
It will focus on the use of state-of-the-art high-pressure techniques including non-air mixed gas breathing mixtures and saturation exposures for pressures of up to 15 bar. The hyperbaric engineering and physiology associated with such pressures will be explained as will the link between Preston and Tuen Mun – Chek Lap Kok tunnel in Hong Kong.
This will be a joint event with the North West Geotechnical Group, the British Tunnelling Society and the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.
Parking: University Parking for the event is available. Please note that the designated car park 19 is a short walk from the University and is located off Victoria Street (PR1 7HD). A downloadable ‘free’ car-parking permit will be uploaded to the events webpage.
From 1989 to 2010 I was HSE’s national specialist in compressed air tunnelling. Since retiring from HSE in 2010 I have run my own consultancy Hyperbaric and Tunnel Safety Ltd.
My involvement in compressed air tunnelling continues and as Animateur of the International Tunnelling Association Health and Safety WG I am responsible for its Report produced jointly with the BTS Compressed Air Working Group on high pressure compressed air work.
I was independent hyperbaric adviser to the Hong Kong Highway Dept. on the Tuen Mun Chek Lap Kok Link tunnel which was part of the Hong Kong - Zhuhai - Macao Bridge project. I also advise the Lower Thames Crossing project on high pressure compressed air work. I lead the revision of EN 12110 - Airlocks – safety.
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