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SCISOC TALK - Engineering challenges in creating underground space

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As our cities develop and expand, it is clear that urban underground infrastructure, in particular underground transport, will be essential to their evolution. Lord Robert Mair, Vice President of the Institute of Civil Engineers, will join us to explore the challenges of such projects, including Crossrail and other major developments in infrastructure around the world. Lord Mair will describe what can go wrong in underground construction and examine some of the newest techniques in engineering, including fibre optic technology and wireless sensor networks.

Robert Mair is the Sir Kirby Laing Professor of Civil Engineering, and until recently was Head of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Cambridge University. He was Senior Vice-President of the Royal Academy of Engineering 2008-2011 and is now a Vice-President of the Institution of Civil Engineers. Having founded the Geotechnical Consulting Group, he has advised on numerous tunneling and major civil engineering projects in the UK and worldwide. In October 2015 he was appointed an independent crossbencher in the House of Lords.

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