Minimising noise and vibration on Crossrail with innovative heavyweight concrete, webinar

26 September, 2017 | 12:30 - 13:30

Minimising noise and vibration on Crossrail with innovative heavyweight concrete, webinar

About this event

Crossrail is delivering the Elizabeth line which is due to open in central London from 2018. The new railway includes 42km of tunnels underneath the city.

In sensitive sections of the tunnel network, noise and vibration impacts from the operating railway had to be minimised. The solution was a high density floating track slab (FTS), produced using MagnaDense concrete with a density of 3.6 t/m3.

​The FTS has been used for sections of track between Tottenham Court Road and Bond Street stations, below the Barbican, to help reduce the impact of noise and vibration on above-ground infrastructure. Additionally, due to the gauge of the track, the volume available for concrete was limited. It was evident a space saving resolution was required.

This webinar will aim to answer the following questions:

  1. What were the design challenges and how did the project arrive at the solution?
  2. What challenges were encountered in the development of the concrete solution?
  3. How important was dense concrete to achieving the solution and why was MagnaDense chosen as the aggregate?
  4. What were the dense concrete installation challenges in such a populated area?

Mark Moriarty, LKAB Minerals

Camilla Barrow, Bechtel Ltd Rail Systems Deputy Project Manager - Crossrail
Michael Sataya – Chartered Civil Engineer, Arup
Jack Sindhu – Technical Manager, London Concrete
Denise Roberts – Regional Business Manager, LKAB Minerals
Coran O’Sullivan – FTS Track Supply Package Manager, ATC
Andrew Turner – Area Manager, Camfaud Concrete Pumps

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Camilla Barrow

Camilla Barrow

Bechtel Ltd Rail Systems Deputy Project Manager - Crossrail

Camilla has ten years of international construction and engineering experience on mega-infrastructure projects. She has held various key leadership roles within project management, construction, contracts and project controls. Recent projects include:

Crossrail, UK. Currently Camilla is the Deputy Project Manager responsible for the delivery of the system wide main works on Europe’s largest infrastructure project.

Silicon Valley Rail Transit Project, USA. Served as the Commercial Manager responsible for overseeing the delivery of the £1.3 million contract for an 11 miles rail extension in California.

Dulles Corridor Metrorail Project, USA. Served as the Lead Six Sigma Black Belt and Prime Contract Specialist for the £1.2 billion design-build contract for an 11.7-mile extension to the greater Washington, D.C. area’s Metrorail system.

Hamad International Airport, Qatar. Served in a number of construction and engineering delivery roles for the £2.2 billion passenger terminal complex contract (formerly known as New Doha International Airport).

Camilla graduated from the British Army Officer College and has a Masters Degree in Civil Engineering from Newcastle University. She is a passionate supporter of encouraging STEM subjects, driving multiple initiatives both inside and outside of work, this was most recently recognised in her placement on the 2017 Daily Telegraph Top 50 Women in Engineering.

Michael Sataya

Doctor Chris Peaston

Chartered Civil Engineer, Arup

Michael Kankhilani Sataya is a Chartered Civil Engineer working within Arup’s infrastructure team in Nottingham providing pavement engineering and specialist materials input for a range of civil and military projects including highways, industrial and airfield pavements. He has also international experience having spent 9 months in the infrastructure team in the Arup office in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Michael has a particular interest in rigid pavements including the use of fibre reinforced as an alternative to conventionally reinforced pavements. He has provided technical assistance in several expert witness commissions involving internal ground bearing slabs and external pavements constructed using fibre reinforced concrete or fabric reinforcement.

Michael also has a growing interest in specialist concretes including heavy weight concretes.

Denise Roberts

Denise Roberts

Regional Business Manager, Magnetite

Denise joined LKAB Minerals 26 years ago and is responsible for managing the Magnetite business in the UK and Ireland. Denise has an MBA & background in concrete technology. She has extensive knowledge in the use of heavyweight aggregates and their properties along with their use in concrete and as a loose ballast.

Jack Sindhu

Jack Sindhu

Technical Manager, London Concrete

Jack is the Technical Manager for London Concrete, a part of Aggregate Industries Ltd which is a subsidiary of Lafarge Holcim. Jack has been in the readymix industry since 1987 having worked for Pioneer Concrete Ltd, Rugby Cement and London Concrete for the past 16 years.

He has been involved with numerous prestigious contracts including the 2012 Olympics which included supply of concrete to the Olympic stadium, the Velodrome and the Aquatics Centre.

More recently Jack was involved in supplying concrete to The Shard, Europe’s tallest building, with 5600m3 of concrete supplied in around 36 hours. Jack also worked on Crossrail, co-ordinating supply of 4000m3 of heavyweight concrete pumped over almost 1km. This will be discussed in detail during this webinar.

Jack has been actively promoting the use of readymixed concrete and is involved with various prestigious contracts, involving the latest construction techniques and requiring bespoke and cutting edge technical solutions.

Coran O'Sullivan

Camilla Barrow

FTS Track Supply Package Manager, ATC

Coran is a Civil Engineer with 17 years’ experience on major civil engineering projects within rail, transportation and highways, bridge structures, wind farm, marine and dredging works, power stations, major permanent piling and temporary works.

Coran’s current role is on Crossrail System-wide C610 – Floating Track Slab ATC Design Co-ordinator, Procurement and Supply Package Manager.

Coran holds a BE Civil and Structural Engineering, University College Cork, a PDip Diploma in Construction Law and Contract Administration and is a MIEI Chartered Member of the Institute of Engineers Ireland.


Andrew Turner

Camilla Barrow

Area Manager, Camfaud Concrete Pumps

Andrew started his career working in the ready-mixed concrete industry for Pioneer Concrete Ltd. After five years, he moved to the concrete pumping sector, working initially for the German concrete pump manufacturer Putzmeister and, for the past 15 years, for Camfaud Concrete Pumps Ltd.

Andrew has been responsible for many of Camfaud’s Special Projects including high rise contracts at the Shard and Centre Point and tunnel contracts such as Crossrail, Lee Tunnel, Thames Tideway and London Underground’s Deep Tube track renewals.

In addition, Andrew is responsible for the deployment of Camfaud’s fleet of stationary placing booms.