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Nick McCrossan and Christoph Eberle of Mott MacDonald will present an entertaining view of the history of bored tunnels and their design. They will consider what the future holds for the industry and for the engineers that design and build this amazing infrastructure.
Will the use of artificial intelligence and increasing design automation lead to the end of the engineering profession? Or can we adapt our skills to remain just as essential to society in 2100 as we have been for the preceding centuries?
Christoph is a Technical Director in the Tunnels Division of Mott MacDonald. Having qualified as civil engineer in Germany, he has had great pleasure in designing tunnels - both huge and small - ever since. Recent projects include the detailed design of tunnels for Thames Tideway East, the Northern Line Extension, London Power Tunnels and Crossrail. Christoph's responsibilities include technical governance and professional excellence, as well as leading innovation initiatives concerning all things tunnelling. Christoph is chair of the International Tunnelling Association's activity group for precast fibre reinforced concrete segments, and member of ITA Working Group.
Nick is a Chartered Civil Engineer working within the Tunnels Division of Mott MacDonald. Since graduation, Nick worked on large-scale, multidisciplinary tunnelling projects in the transportation and water sectors including the Northern Line Extension, Thames Tideway East Package and High Speed 2. Within Mott MacDonald, Nick has been an advocate for innovation and the application of BIM for large scale tunnelling projects, including the development of a 3D library of sub-surface infrastructure in London. Presently, Nick is the chair of the BTS Young Members which continues to support the early careers of professionals in the Tunnelling Sector.