Petr is a Senior Tunnel Engineer, Design Manager with Dr. Sauer & Partners, an internationally active company specializing in underground infrastructure design, supervision and construction management. Petr initiated the multidisciplinary organisation Think Deep UK based on the excellent work done by ITACUS (International Tunnel and Underground Space Association’s Committee on Underground Space) worldwide to help our cities to become more resilient, sustainable and liveable. He is a member of the British Tunnelling Society (BTS) and ITACUS Steering Board. Petr is a past vice-chair and founder of the International Tunnelling Association Young Members Group, past chair of the BTS Young Members Group and was awarded Young Tunneller of the Year in 2014. He enjoys spending time with his young family, travelling, scuba diving and skiing.
Stephanie Bricker is a chartered hydrogeologist and team leader for Urban Geoscience research at the British Geological Survey. Her research portfolio covers groundwater systems in urban environments and the role of geology to support urban development and improvement. She is engaging city practitioners to promote the use of environmental data to address urban challenges. She is interested in the physical interactions between natural and human systems in cities and supports sustainable use of urban underground space through planning and policy reform.
Christian is a Senior partner at Weston Williamson and partners and has been the design lead for many of the practices most challenging projects. He has been the lead architect for Paddington Integrated Project (PIP), DLR London city extension, HS2 Old Oak common station and shafts, Holborn underground station and most recently leading the Crossrail 2 WP4 outer master planning package. PIP has been coveted with over 14 awards including RIBA 2015 London Infrastructure project of the year. Many of these projects involve substantial areas underground and marrying this with above ground buildings is one of his specialist areas of expertise.
Christian’s experience includes working at Stirling Wilford on the Lowry and other projects as well as Buro Happold advanced structure unit developing innovative structures.
Christian has developed the WW+P EOS design process that unlocks optimised design solutions where infrastructure meets masterplanning. The WW EOS process has been used on 25 projects in the practice including all of the central section stations for CR2 as well as our latest commission for Oxford Circus.
Christian is working on a TOD (Transport oriented development) campaign that the practice is currently promoting. Christian brings to the TDUK group an architectural angle on quality of spaces as well as design innovation.
Elizabeth Reynolds is an Australian Urban Planner based in London where her company Urben specialises in planning, design and problem solving for urban environments. In addition to working on infrastructure and large-scale regeneration projects, Elizabeth is an active member of ISOCARP for whom she authored ‘NY-Lon Underground’, a study within Think Deep: Planning, development and use of underground space in cities - a book co-published with the International Tunneling Association Committee on Underground Spaces (ITACUS). On the subject of planning and designing spaces beneath cities, she has also spoken at two international conferences and received a Design Innovation Award from the Royal College of Art. Elizabeth is interested in finding creative ways for cities to better manage their natural resources and plan strategically for long term change. She is currently writing a book called Underground Urbanism and hopes that TDUK will bring together the skills of a wide range of professionals to find creative solutions to the challenges of urban growth.
Loretta von der Tann
Loretta von der Tann is a PhD student at University College London (UCL), studying approaches for integrated analysis and management of urban subsurface functions. Loretta is a professional engineer in Switzerland and holds a Master of Science in Civil Engineering (ETH Zurich) as well as a Master of Research in Urban Sustainability and Resilience (UCL). Prior to joining UCL, Loretta worked as Geotechnical Engineer planning and supervising construction sites in the city of Zurich as well as in the beautiful Swiss mountains while also gaining experience in Geotechnical monitoring. She loves cities and believes that it's the people who make a city thrive. Thus, in her view, risks and opportunities of exploiting the urban subsurface have to be carefully evaluated and those functions prioritised on which the local and city-wide communities depend the most.
Chris is an Engineering Geologist who is passionate about characterising the geospheres beneath our cities to manage ground related risks and improve the performance of underground engineering projects He has worked with several world renowned geotechnical individuals and successful global organisations including Coffey, SMEC and Fugro in offices throughout the UK, Australia and Canada. Currently he is the Tunnelling & Underground Space Lead for Fugro in Europe and sits on the BTS Committee where he supports the Awards & Medals and Education sub-committees.
Chris caught the ‘tunnelling bug’ in 2009 when he got his first opportunity to enter a tunnel under construction in Toronto and realised this was a profession in which he belonged. He had previously worked on some interesting tunnel projects prior to this but after the experience in Toronto he truly became fascinated with all aspects of tunnelling and decided to dedicate his career to the subject.
Chris is an active campaigner for tackling the stigmas of mental health issues in the workplace and this year will be cycling from Falmouth to Bremen in Germany to raise awareness and deliver workshops to address what is a critical issue for many people working in engineering and construction.
Martin Knights is a Fellow of The Royal Academy of Engineering. He leads a Global Technical Practice for Tunnelling and Geotechnical Engineering and Sciences.
Martin wasTutor to The International Tunnelling Association Committee for The Use of Underground Space(ITACUS) and has a specificinterest in the strategic use of underground spaces in urban areas particularly the socio –economic aspects that will benefit the future development of cities
Martin is Senior Vice President and Senior Technology Fellow of The Engineering & Management company CH2M. He is a Fellow of The Institution of Civil Engineers; Trustee of TheBrunel Museum London; Freeman of City of London; awarded British Tunnelling Society Medal 2010; and is a Past President of International Tunnelling Association 2007-2010.
Patrick is a technical director at AECOM with particular involvement in multi-disciplinary projects with substantial ground engineering requirements, and has a keen eye for added value in planning of projects drawing on his extensive knowledge and background in engineering geology and geotechnical engineering. He brings an additional international perspective to TDUK through experience from extended periods in the Asia Pacific region blended with work in the UK on projects including the London 2012 Olympic Park Regeneration and Crossrail. Working on the formative period of the Lower Lea Valley and other large regeneration projects spurred his interest in thoughtfully integrating ground engineering and other delivery-focused disciplines into masterplanning processes, blended with his earlier exposure to the emerging approaches to masterplanning of underground space in Hong Kong in recent decades. Since then he has been involved and further pursued several themes around underground space including the 50 year 3D masterplan for a major campus in Singapore, embedding consideration of use of underground space into various precinct scale pursuits, identification and application of relevant technology such as digital modelling and concepts in innovative re-use of existing underground space. He is a Fellow of both the Institute of Materials Minerals and Mining and the Geological Society, and currently serves on the committee of the British Geotechnical Association.
Bill is a Chartered Civil Engineer and independent tunnelling consultant. He is a past Chairman of the British Tunnelling Society and currently leads their Communications Committee and liaison with Parliament. Bill has also served for a number of years as Member of Council at the Institution of Civil Engineers, where he is currently vice-chair of the NCE Advisory Board and a member of ICE’s Public Voice Committee.
Bill has a lifetime’s experience of tunnelling and underground space projects from inception to construction and from designer to Project Director. He worked at Arup for over 35 years, the last 20 as a director, and founded, developed and led their tunnelling business worldwide. He was a member of HMT’s Core Team that wrote their 2010 report on the cost of construction of UK’s infrastructure, and for 5 years prior to that was Arup’s Project Director for the planning and design of London’s Olympic Park.
Bill has been engaged on numerous major tunnelling projects across the world and is currently advising clients on HS2, Silvertown Tunnel and Tideway all in London UK, two underground projects in the USA one in South Africa and one in Peru.
As well as engineering skills in tunnelling and underground space, Bill also brings to TDUK skills in costing and finance, communications, media relations and positioning.
Han Admiraal is an independent consultant for Enprodes and is based in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. He is a former professor of Underground Space Use at CARUS, the Centre for Applied Research Underground Space. Han Admiraal works as a consultant on underground space related matters, including tunnel safety. His approach is that safety dilemmas can only be solved through dialogue. Han is a tunnel safety officer for the ‘Dordtse Kil Tunnel’, a road tunnel near the city of Dordrecht in the Netherlands and has more than 25 years of experience in the field of public infrastructure.
Internationally Han is active in the International Tunnelling and Underground Space Association – ITA, as chairman of the ITA Committee on Underground Space (ITACUS).
Antonia Cornaro, MA Urban Planning, studied and lived in New York City for several years, where she gained experience working for the City’s Planning Department working on pedestrian and cycling schemes to ease congestion and reduce pollution.
She has working experience as an urban and transport planner from the public and private sector from New York City, London, Vienna and Zurich. Former employers include Parsons Brinckerhoff (London), the Austrian Institute of Regional Planning (Vienna) and Ernst Basler + Partner (Zurich).
In her current work as Business Development Manager at Amberg Engineering, an internationally active Swiss firm specializing in underground infrastructure design and management, she focuses on Urban Underground Space with the aim to increase mobility, livability and resilience of urban areas.
This is also central to her work as Vice Chair of ITACUS (the International Tunnel and Underground Space Association’s Committee on Underground Space.
James Parker is an Associate Director, Planning & Environment at the global law firm BLP.
James specialises in:
- planning and development consenting;
- environmental assessment;
- compulsory purchase;
- compensation issues;
- Planning Act development consent orders;
- Transport and Works Act; and
- highways matters.
He has experience in the infrastructure, retail, housing and transport sectors, and has advised utility companies, developers, local authorities and other public bodies.
James has particular expertise in securing consents for major infrastructure projects.
Eoin O Murchu
Eoin is a chartered civil engineer with in depth professional design experience, primarily within the tunnelling industry. He has undertaken a variety of design and project management roles and has experience across several sectors with both Atkins and CH2MHill. Some of his more challenging projects to date include the interim preliminary design on High Speed 2, the feasibility design of the Hammersmith Flyunder, and the detailed design for the Crossrail and Hinkley Point C tunnels.
Eoin joined IBM in July 2015 as a construction industry subject matter expert, advising on construction industry trends, technology and expanding their capabilities to meet the demand for BIM within the major capital project space. Eoin is also a past chair of British Tunnelling Society Young Members and a committee member of the British Tunnelling Society.