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Institution of Civil Engineers, One Great George Street, Westminster
London, England SW1P 3AA United Kingdom

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February 2018

Tidal energy from the Severn Estuary

19th February @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Institution of Civil Engineers, Institution of Civil Engineers, One Great George Street, Westminster
London, England SW1P 3AA United Kingdom
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The Severn estuary in Britain has the second highest tidal range in the world and tidal power in the Severn could produce a total of about 7% of the country’s energy needs. The lecture will consider the viability of tidal stream and tidal range. The most successful tidal range scheme currently operating is the La Rance scheme in Brittany, France, which has operated for 50 years and now produces the cheapest electricity in Europe. Experience from that will be described.…

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What is the City but the People? The role of the engineer in creating inclusive cities

21st February
Institution of Civil Engineers, Institution of Civil Engineers, One Great George Street, Westminster
London, England SW1P 3AA United Kingdom
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While there has been much focus by policymakers on environmental and economic sustainability in recent years, the idea of social sustainability is being left behind. When it comes to urban design and infrastructure provision, the ongoing focus by both policymakers and the infrastructure sector on mobility and the paid labour force means that segments of society are being left behind. Currently, much of our urban infrastructure excludes groups based on their age, race, class, gender and ability. To drive truly…

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Geotechnical and geohazard challenges for onshore and offshore pipelines

21st February @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Institution of Civil Engineers, Institution of Civil Engineers, One Great George Street, Westminster
London, England SW1P 3AA United Kingdom
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Pipelines are critical for the delivery of the Oil and Gas that is required for today’s modern world and ensuring their integrity is of paramount importance. Designing, constructing and operating a pipeline is a multi-discipline endeavour, which almost always deals with geotechnical and geohazard challenges, whether it be in an onshore and offshore environment. This often requires a range of ground engineering specialists, which we more commonly group into a Geoteam. The presentation describes how geotechnical and geohazard challenges are…

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Electrification of the Great Western Railway

22nd February @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Institution of Civil Engineers, Institution of Civil Engineers, One Great George Street, Westminster
London, England SW1P 3AA United Kingdom
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The lecture will offer insight into the principle cost drivers which must be controlled and contained when electrification of a railway is undertaken. The Great Western Electrification project is planned to complete in 2019. Already seriously delayed in completion and greatly over budget the project has been significantly de-scoped, with whole sections of the electrification now cancelled. This has shaken confidence in the technology and driven government to withdraw support for railway electrification. The lecture will provide a personal view…

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Analysis and validation of Advanced Gas-Cooled Reactor Core

28th February @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Institution of Civil Engineers, Institution of Civil Engineers, One Great George Street, Westminster
London, England SW1P 3AA United Kingdom
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To ensure safe and reliable operation of the UK's Advanced Gas-Cooled Reactors (AGRs), seismic qualification of the graphite cores is required to demonstrate safe shut down during an infrequent seismic event. Seismic assessments of the AGR cores use a finite element modelling approach called GCORE. The GCORE methodology has undergone validation based on dynamic response tests with small arrays of intact keyed bricks and static loading tests on large arrays containing simulated cracked bricks. To extend the validation of the…

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March 2018

SCL Tunnel Junctions at Farringdon Station

15th March @ 6:00 pm
Institution of Civil Engineers, Institution of Civil Engineers, One Great George Street, Westminster
London, England SW1P 3AA United Kingdom
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This presentation will focus on the design and construction of the Sprayed Concrete primary lining tunnel junctions at Farringdon Station. The behaviour of the SCL tunnel junctions based on the recorded monitoring data will be discussed.

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