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How to demonstrate competence and safety in tunnel design: exploring the role of guidance and standards

Event organised by The British Tunnelling Society

15 February 2024
18:00 - 19:20 GMT
Institution of Civil Engineers
One Great George Street
London, SW1P 3AA
United Kingdom

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This event is comprised of two parts which will explore the roles of guidance and standards used in tunnelling and how they relate to ethics, professional practice, and legal obligations, with a focus on Eurocodes.

Part 1 (Kieran Tully): Choose Wisely

The role of Eurocodes, British Standards, good practice, ethics, and the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) Code of Conduct all play their part in the design, development, and implementation of engineering solutions, demonstrating independent judgement and responsibility, and professional commitment. This portion of the talk is delivered by Kieran Tully, ICE membership development officer and BTS member, who aims to show how these topics relate to the ICE attributes and professional judgement.

Part 2 (Christoph Eberle): Eurocode fundamentals for tunnels

The second part of this lecture will explore fundamental concepts within the Eurocodes including the safety concept, reliability management, recent changes in the latest EN 1992-1-1 (2023) revision, and how to design non-standardised products in the Eurocode context. This portion of the talk is delivered by Christoph Eberle, technical director at Mott MacDonald.

This lecture will benefit those undertaking the design of tunnels, trainees (graduates and apprentices) working towards professional qualification with the ICE, and those who are supervising or mentoring trainees.

Please note that Part 1 will not be recorded in line with the ICE policy on membership preparation webinars. A recording of Part 2 will be made available on the BTS website. 

Please note:

  • The lecture will be followed by the BTSYM Winter Social in the ICE Kendal's bar (sponsored).
  • Registration is not required to attend the event in-person
  • To attend online, register via the 'book now' button

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The British Tunnelling Society

The British Tunnelling Society

The BTS is a vibrant group of tunnelling professionals which spreads knowledge amongst members and the tunnelling industry.


17:30 - 18:00

Tea and coffee

18:00 - 19:20

Lecture in the Godfrey Mitchell Theatre

19:20 - 21:30

Drinks in the Kendal's café


Christoph Eberle

Christoph Eberle

Mott MacDonald

technical principal

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Christoph Eberle

Christoph Eberle is a Technical Principal in Mott MacDonald, BTS committee member and currently chairing its technical sub committee. He is the sustainability representative of ITA Working Group 2 and member of the ITAtech activity group for low carbon concrete linings. Christoph graduated from the Technical University Munich in 2001, starting his career in tunnelling in Germany. In 2009 he joined the UK tunnelling industry and has since worked on national and international tunnel projects, such as the BART extension to San Jose, Euston Station enabling works for HS2, and Thames Tideway

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Shelly-Ann Russell

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