British Tunnelling Society

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British Tunnelling Society
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Established 1971 (1971)
Type Civil engineering professional association
Headquarters One Great George Street, London, UK
Region served United Kingdom
Membership 749 (Correct as of 2010)[1]
Key people

Damien McGirr, BTS Chairman,

Petr Salak, BTSYM Chairman
Subsidiaries Thomas Telford Ltd
Affiliations Associated Society of the Institution of Civil Engineers

The British Tunnelling Society (BTS) was established in London, UK, in 1971 by tunnelling professionals. The BTS is a learned society of the Institution of Civil Engineers, its mission being to provide a forum for meetings and discussion on tunnel-related matters. The current chairman of the BTS, Damian McGirr, assumed the position in 2012.

Former BTS Chairmen[edit]

  • Sir Harold Harding (1971–1973)
  • Sir Alan Muir Wood (1972–1973)
  • Douglas Parkes (1973–1974)
  • Sir Alan Muir Wood (1975–1976)
  • John King (1976–1977)
  • John Bartlett (1977–1979)
  • Douglas Parkes (1979–1981)
  • Oliver Bevan (1981–1983)
  • Steven Tough (1983–1985)
  • Colin Kirkland (1985–1987)
  • David Donaldson (1987–1989)
  • Dr Terry Mellors (1989–1991)
  • Roy Jennion (1991–1993)
  • Colin Mackenzie (1993–1995)
  • David Fawcett (1995–1997)
  • Eric Snowdon (1997–1999)
  • David Wallis (1999–2000)
  • Peter South (2000–2002)
  • Anthony Umney (2002–2004)
  • David Court (2004–2006)
  • Bill Grose (2006–2008)
  • Paul Hoyland (2008–2010)
  • Robert Ibell (2010-2012)

BTS Young Members[edit]

The British Tunnelling Society Young Members BTSYM was formed in London 2008 as a sub group under the main society. It was formed under the direction of the BTS Main committee as a way to promote the tunnelling industry and provide guidance for young engineers under the age of the 33.[2]

  • In 2008 there were 24 young members on the committee from 12 different companies;
  • In 2009 there were 40 young members on the committee from wider number companies.

Since 2008 under the founding directive from the main society the BTSYM committee set up four distinct groups: Management, Schools and Universities, Professional Development and Media.


The aim of the management group is to co-ordinate all of the BTS Young Members work. The Chair of this group also sits on the BTS committee and reports on the progress of the BTS Young members, and is responsible for monitoring the progress of the committees work against the allocated funding.

Schools and Universities[edit]

The aim of this group is go out to school's and Universities to raise the profile of tunnel engineering. The group provides support to the MSc in Tunnelling & Underground Space at the University of Warwick. The Group provide's School events, University events and Networking event's around the UK to introduce new students and graduates to the world of tunnelling.

Professional Development[edit]

The aim of this group is to assist young graduate engineers in acquiring wider knowledge and skill bases, that are required to become a competent engineer, in accordance with the Institution of Civil Engineers. This is accomplished through providing site visits and presentation as well as assistance on the BTS Tunnel Design & Construction Course and the BTS Underground Health and Safety Course.

In addition to above there are monthly events held at the ICE, London, which are open for all who have an interest in engineering to attend.


The media group is responsible for promoting the tunnelling industry through the following media forms:

  • Distribution of information and events via the mailing list
  • Maintaining and updating the BTSYM website
  • Producing newsletter
  • Organising social events
  • Liaising with the industry press
  • Updating the BTSYM Facebook page

Former BTSYM Chair's[edit]

  • Kate Cooksey (2008–2010)
  • Anita Wu (2010–2011)
  • Tom Kavanagh (2011–2012)


External links[edit]

Coordinates: 51°30′04″N 0°07′44″W / 51.5011°N 0.1290°W / 51.5011; -0.1290