Industry Talk: From 201 to Tideway: Reflection on 40 Years in Civil Engineering

Posted on by Will Dubin

Join us on Wed 10th March from 1-2:30pm GMT for what promises to be a highlight of the CivSoc calendar with one of our own best and brightest!


Imperial Civil Engineering Alumnus and Tideway Chief Technical Officer Roger Bailey will give a summary of some key and hopefully interesting aspects of his career in Civil Engineering since his graduation in 1981. He will go on to give some insights into the challenges of the planning, design and delivery of the £4 Billion Thames Tideway Tunnel “Super Sewer” project through London as it moves towards the 70% complete mark ahead of becoming fully operational in 2025.There will be plenty of time for interaction, debate and questions.

The session will be structured in two parts: the first focussing on his career path to date, with an opportunity for questions, before moving on to discuss the project and opening up to further Q&A.

Roger Bailey, Chief Technical Officer at Thames Tideway

Roger joined the Thames Tideway Tunnel project in February 2012. He is a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers and has held board level positions in both contracting businesses and engineering and planning consultancies prior to joining the project.

The first 20 years of his career was in the geotechnical contracting sector (mining, piling and ground engineering) in the UK and overseas followed by over 10 years in transportation consultancy (highways, rail, aviation) for clients such as Crossrail, Network Rail, TfL, Highways Agency and the Department for Transport.  

Roger’s Completion & Handover Team at Tideway is responsible for technical oversight, property and commercial agreements, compliance with planning permission, system commissioning and the operational integration of the completed Thames Tideway Tunnel asset into the existing London sewer network.

Night of Engineering Philosophy with Oxford Engineering Society

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On the 17th of February 6:30-8pm GMT we are collaborating with Oxford University Engineering Society for a Night of Engineering Philosophy!

This is a great opportunity to meet likeminded students from another prestigious university and also some laid-back discussions about polarising topics.

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Industry Talk: How to Succeed in the Post-Covid Design Studio -  Hawkins\Brown

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Get excited for an Industry talk on Succeeding in the Post-COVID-19 Design Studio from Harbinder Singh Birdi, a Senior Partner at Hawkins\Brown Architects on 3rd February 2021 from 2PM.

He will be describing how architecture and design practices have responded to the COVID-19 pandemic by the way in which they collaborate and how they are making use of use of new software and technology to address the challenges faced by the construction industry, from modern methods of construction to achieving Carbon zero targets.

Harbinder will also discuss what skills graduates will need to succeed in practice, as well as the opportunities that exist in the industry both in the UK and internationally.

Be advised, there will be plenty of time for Q&A so come up with some great questions and ask away!

Industry Talk on Bridge Engineering - Arup Director (Alumnus)

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Thursday 19th November: 1-2pm GMT

Bridge Engineering

Sammy Yip, who graduated from the department in 2004 and is currently an Associate Director at Arup, will share his experience working as a bridge engineer on long span bridges and long sea-crossings. 

In the presentation, Sammy will share his experience working as a bridge engineer in the UK and Hong Kong.  This will give an overview on the variety of projects a bridge engineer may work on. He will talk about some of the projects he worked on, with particular focus on the challenges in the design of selected projects including the following major bridges across the globe:

  • Queensferry Crossing in Scotland
  • Gerald Desmond Bridge in Los Angeles
  • Temburong Bridge in Brunei
  • Bataan Cavite Interlink Bridge in Philippines

Sammy Yip, Associate Director, Bridges and Civil Structures, Arup

Sammy graduated from Imperial College in 2004. He worked in the UK until 2009 and then he joined Arup in Hong Kong. He has worked on many major bridges, including long span cable-stayed bridges, sea-crossing and viaducts in 13 different countries. As the Manager for the Bridges and Civil Structures Skills Network in East Asia region in Arup, his main role is to facilitate skills development and knowledge management.

Industry Talk on Doha Metro - COWI Directors

Posted on by Lijithan Kathirkamanathan

Thursday 15th Oct - 1pm

Doha Metro Project
A high-level presentation of the Doha Metro Project, with special focus on the section called ‘Red Line, North’.  The talk will concentrate on the importance of understanding the geology when planning the TBM bore.  It will also discuss what happens when disaster strikes, and water starts pouring into the TBM and tunnels that are already completed and highlights how to deal with a flooding incident during tunnel construction, how to recover and what mitigations were implemented, hereunder the need for redesign. 

Presentation on turning the flooding incident into a project benefit – the introduction of an Emergency shaft.  When disaster strikes for the second time and your new emergency shaft is flooded, the options considered to deal with the increasing water inflow.  Presentation will cover how to understand a disaster scenario, and the remedial works implemented and the data received to understand the incident; hereunder the lesson learnt in borehole logging and involving the right people and procedures.


Morten Collin, Senior Project Director; COWI UK
Morten is currently heading the Design for Tunnels, Geotechnical Engineering and MEP for the Silvertown project connecting Greenwich and Silvertown with a dual bored traffic tunnel under the River Thames. Morten has 25 years of experience in design and supervision, hereunder the last 15 years as Project Director on major international infrastructure projects (Airports, Metro, Bridge and Tunnel Projects) in the Sultanate of Oman, Qatar, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Ho Chi Minh City and currently in London.   
Martin Charlton, Practice Lead London Tunnels; COWI UK
Martin leads the COWI London Tunnels Team currently involved in the tunnel systems designs for Silvertown, HS2, Lower Thames Crossing, Thames Tideway and Deep Tunnel Sewage System (Singapore).  Martin has over 30 years experience in design and construction across Water, Chemical/Petrochem, Nuclear and Infrastructure sectors, including working in the Middle East, Europe and Russia.   

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