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Infrastructure and Navigation on the Thames

  • Lecture
  • London
  • 26 November 2021
  • 15:00 - 16:45
Infrastructure and Navigation on the Thames

About this event

The River Thames flows through the heart of London and, while it was once a principal maritime transport corridor for freight, its role today is more varied but no less important.

The seminar will address many of the current issues for the river. Passenger traffic has grown significantly but, following COP 26, what are the prospects for reducing the carbon footprint? Historic infrastructure, such as Hammersmith Bridge has become difficult to maintain – what are the options? The Thames Tideway project, being constructed under the river, will remove the most polluting overflows from the river and has made extensive use of the river to construct the tunnels and shafts.

The river is also a source of risk from both navigation and flooding. The Thames Barrier was completed nearly 40 years ago and the Environment Agency has underway a programme of flood risk management to manage, maintain and enhance the infrastructure works. The four presentations at the seminar will be given by experts currently involved in addressing these important issues.


Tim Beckett CEng, FICE

Director – Beckett Rankine

Dr Mark McBride CEng, MRINA

Group Manager. Ships & Dredging - HR Wallingford

Mark is the Manager of the Ships and Dredging Group at HR Wallingford with over 35 years’ experience in port and maritime design related work. He has a degree in naval architecture and a doctorate in port operations simulation, and has worked on numerous studies which have included approach channel, turning circle and manoeuvring area design, ship mooring analyses and operational simulation studies examining optimisation of transportation networks, berths and storage facilities.

He has been an active member of PIANC for over 25 years and was the Chairman of the PIANC Working Group 121 developing guidelines for approach channel design. He is also the Chairman of PIANC WG186 developing guidelines for mooring large ships at quay walls, and has been a member on a number of other working groups.

Sam Anderson-Brown CEng, MIMarEST

Director - Nash Maritime

Thomas Howard CEng MICE

Senior Advisor Thames Tidal Defences

Tom is the Thames Tidal Defences Catchment Engineer, responsible for providing technical advice to operations teams and engineering assurance for the flood defence assets on the tidal River Thames. He has worked at the Thames Barrier since 2012 and has held capital project delivery, maintenance contract management and asset team leader roles with the Environment Agency.

As part of the TEAM2100 integrated delivery team Tom has worked on flood defence improvement projects and development of our asset management approach to reducing flood risk in the Thames Estuary.

Liv Karine Hov MEng, MSc, CEng, MCIWEM

Thames Barrier & Associated Gates Design & Technical Lead (Associate Director, Jacobs Water & Environment)

Liv is the Design and Technical Lead for TEAM2100 projects at the Thames Barrier and Associated Gates, having managed complex inspection, Capital Maintenance and upgrade works on the Thames Barrier gates since 2008.

She has led the TEAM2100 delivery partners in planning and agreeing gate possessions and navigation impacts from Capital Works, working closely with the Port of London Authority and the Environment Agency operational teams at the Thames Barrier.

Event venue

One Great George Street
London SW1P 3AA
United Kingdom

For more information please contact:

Elira Alushi

e: [email protected]