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Tuesday 11th October 2016

Day One | Day Two

08:30    Morning coffee & registration

08:50    Welcome from Informa

09:00    Speed networking

Get to know your peers right from the start of the event, with this informal speed networking session.
Don't forget your business cards!


09:10    Opening remarks from the Chair and update from the ATS

Ed Taylor, President, Australasian Tunnelling Society (ATS)

09:40    INTERNATIONAL CASE STUDY | Innovative Tunnelling Construction for the Tuen Mun – Chek Lap Kok Link tunnel, Hong Kong

  • Innovative tunnelling techniques
  • Planning and Design
  • Dealing with challenging geological ground conditions

Seved Robin, Project Director, Dragages Hong Kong

10:20    Networking and refreshment break


10:50    Project Update: Building tunnels under Sydney Harbour and the CBD for Sydney Metro City & Southwest

Tim Parker, Project Director - Sydney Metro, City & Southwest, Transport for NSW

11:30    Melbourne Metro Project update & outlook

Paul Thomas, Senior Project Manager, Melbourne Metro Rail Authority

12:10    City Rail Link, Auckland

Darryl Wong, Engineering Design Manager, City Rail Link, NZ

12:50    Lunch and networking break


13:50      Westconnex 1B Tunnel construction overview

  • Project overview
  • Construction progress
  • Construction innovations

Matthew Lennon, Tunnel Construction Director, CPB Samsung John Holland JV

14:30      Waterview - The final drive to completion

  • Project overview and completion status
  • Cross passage completion
  • Civils works within the tunnels
  • Overview of the M and E fit-out to the tunnels and ventilation buildings

Iain Simmons, Alliance Project Manager, Well Connected Alliance
David Taylor, M & E Construction Manager, Well Connected Alliance

15:10      Networking and refreshment break   



15:40      PANEL | Tunnelling project resourcing - ensuring fit for purpose project expertise and skills

  • Selecting the right contractor for the job
  • Managing a skill shortage for industry
  • Training and development best practice



16:20      Amaroo Main Sewer Project     

Cameron Woodgate, Tunnel Manager / Senior Project Engineer, John Holland

17:00      Project update: Sydney's NorthConnex

  • Use of technological solutions in the tunnel for safety
  • Logistics in the tunnel
  • Training and skills shortage
  • People plant separation

Barry Murphy, Workplace Health Safety and People Director, Lendlease Bouygues JV

17:40      CLOSING | Closing remarks from the Chair

17:45      Networking drinks in the exhibition space sponsored by CPB Contractors

Wednesday 12th October 2016

Day One | Day Two

09:00    OPENING | Opening remarks from the Chairperson

Geoff Archer, Treasurer, Australasian Tunnelling Society (ATS)


09:10   WestConnex Stage 2 & 3 Outlook

  • Developments and plans for Stage 2 and Stage 3
  • Design considerations and current progress
  • Managing design consistency across a multi-stage project

Adrian Bull, Technical Director, Sydney Motorway Corporation

9:50      The Central Interceptor Project: A major wastewater investment for Auckland

  • The history of Auckland’s drainage
  • Business needs & project drivers
  • Geological setting
  • Form and function
  • Next steps

David Ward, Manager - Design Management, Infrastructure Delivery, Watercare Services Ltd

10:30    Networking and refreshment break

11:00    INTERNATIONAL CASE STUDY | Thomson Line Contract T208, Singapore

David Hake, International Operations Manager, John Holland

11:40    Forrestfield Airport Link Perth - Contractor's Update

  • About SI-NRW JV
  • Design
  • Key Challenges
  • Key Equipment
  • Execution

Richard Graham, Project Director, Salini Impregilo - NRW JV

12:20    Lunch and networking break

13:15 Welcome back from the Chair

Ted Nye, Tunnel Practice Leader, Mott MacDonald


13:20     CASE STUDY | Difficult Ground Solutions (DGS)

The Rondout West Bypass case study will discusses a method used to reduces risk to contractors and owners, while providing accurate ground investigation. DGS features such as dual range cutterhead drive, high pressure grout injection system for face stabilization, and water inrush control are customizable and should be considered to be built into the TBM in cases of adverse conditions.

Doug Harding, Vice President - International Sales Division, Robbins

13:35      CASE STUDY | Complex power line networks for mobile machines

Power line communications (PLC) technology uses the conductors of the electrical supply to carry EtherNet data. Whereas traditional installations were limited to point-to-point PLC links, advances in PLC allow complex topologies to be deployed as part of the site's data network.

This presentation will give an overview of the drivers, challenges and solutions for the recent installation of a complex PLC network in an underground coal mine tunnel development.

Douglas Carter, Power Electronics Engineer, Nautitech

13:50     CASE STUDY | Innovation track of multi mode machines for complex ground conditions

Multi mode TBM case studies from Grauholz, Katzenberg, Lake Mead, Weinbergtunnel in Switzerland and Kuala Lumpur.

Dr. Karin Bäppler, Herrenknecht AG, Deutschland

14:05      Technology panel Q&A

14:20      Network and refreshment break

14:50       The O-Bahn City Access Project

  • Project purpose and setting
  • Project constraints and the solution
  • Construction techniques
  • Progress and the schedule ahead

Mario Russo, Project Manager, McConnell Dowell Constructors (Aust.) Pty Ltd

15:30      INTERNATIONAL CASE STUDY | Eglinton Crosstown Line, Toronto, Canada

  • Four EPB TBMs with state-of-art features
  • Novel procurement method
  • New standard for surface settlement control
  • Narrow right-of-way with old two storey and new multi-storey buildings on the property line
  • Construction performance

Brian Garrod, Principal Project Manager, Infrastructure, Hatch

16:10    CLOSING | Wrap up & closing remarks from the Chair

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