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HS2 is the proposed secdon High Speed railway for the UK. It is intended to provide significant additional capacity to the rail infrastructure. The design and construction represents a huge engineering challenge in terms of both scale and complexity, with Phase one (London to Birmingham) due to open in 2026 and beyond to Manchester and Leeds in 2033.
The presentation will cover a summary of the Birmingham to Chesterfield section of the Phase 2b route, much of which is heavily populated with historic opencast and deep mining. It will look at some of the geotechnical challenges on the project, including earthworks, slopes and geohazards.
Ursula is an engineering geologist with almost 30 years experience of large infra-structure projects, most recently design management on HS2 hybrid bill contracts, both Phase 1 and Phase 2B, and Crossrail. Ursula is currently Secretary for the Geological Society Engineering Group Working Party on Engineering Geology of Groundwater in Design and Construction and a member of the organising committee for the BGA 2018 Engineering in Chalk conference.