Ken Barraclough Memorial Lecture

21 Feb 2017

Sheffield Metallurgical and Engineering Association Annual Barraclough Memorial lecture and Members Dinner


The Ken Barraclough Memorial Lecture which will be presented by Professor Lord Robert Mair, Civil Engineering Division, Department of Engineering, University of Cambridge. He will introduce Marc Brunel's fundamental idea of a moveable shield for tunnelling through soft material.  The shield was backed up by continuous lining of the circular tunnel as it advanced and is the basis of modern tunnelling in soft ground.

Lord Mair will highlight the importance of prior ground investigation and the extreme lengths taken to grout the ground under the Palace of Westminster to keep the Houses of Parliament intact and Big Ben upright during construction of the Jubilee Line.  He will describe the latest technology applied in the Crossrail project with 31 kilometres of sub-surface twin bore tunnels and 8 new sub-surface stations.  

Non- Members are most welcome.
Followed by Members' Dinner


Non-members are welcome to attend the lecture.

The lecture is followed by the Members Dinner. Details to follow.



5.30pm - Coffee & biscuits

6.00pm - Lecture

Venue and booking

Event Location

Event Location: 
Holiday Inn, Royal Victoria
Victoria Station Rd
S4 7YE
United Kingdom
Contact details: 

Dr Ken Ridal

tel. 0114 230 5650

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