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ICE Fellow to give insider's guide to CERN's future tunnelling plans

03 February 2021

The Swiss laboratory is studying the feasibility of a follow-up to the Large Hadron Collider.

ICE Fellow to give insider's guide to CERN's future tunnelling plans

A senior civil engineer at CERN and ICE Fellow, John Osborne, is giving a free talk about plans for the successor to the Large Hadron Collider on 24 February 2021.

It’s no secret that civil engineering makes up a huge part of CERN, the underground particle physics research laboratory near Geneva, Switzerland, thanks to its subterranean location.

The laboratory is currently investigating the feasibility of a potential successor to the famous Large Hadron Collider, called the Future Circular Collider (FCC). It would require a 100km-long tunnel that would straddle the French/Swiss border in the Geneva region.

On-site investigations and other topics

To provide insider insight into the project, Osborne will discuss civil engineering studies and the future plans, including on-site investigations,in an ICE webinar later this month.

He will also talk about the positioning of the tunnel and geology of the location, which is mostly made up of moraines, molasse and limestone.

CERN hopes to start site investigations in 2022 to support the tunnel design, with civil engineering works beginning around 2030.

  • Anh Nguyen, digital content lead at ICE