Guest Speaker: ICE Surveying WW1 tunnels, Newcastle, 7 November 2017

Jim Allen, Geotechnical Partner has been invited by the Institution of Civil Engineers to deliver a presentation on Cundall’s involvement on MOD Larkhill.

Cundall provided civil and geotechnical engineering on the site in Salisbury, which had been used for live fire training.

For several years, the site had been used for live fire training and required a series of UXO (unexploded ordinance) checks and controlled on-site explosions. Once the ground had been stripped, a series of First World War training tunnels and practice trenches were revealed. The tunnels were part of a First World War battlefield, used to train men to fight in (and under) the trenches of France and Belgium. In addition to the mine galleries deep in the chalk, the project discovered over a hundred inscriptions written by soldiers who trained at Larkhill between 1915 and 1918.

Jim will talk about the work involved in such a sensitive and significant project, from surveying techniques, to dealing with over 100 live hand grenades found on site.

Date: Tuesday 7 November
Time: 17.45 – 20.00
Venue: Newcastle University, Cassie Building Common Room, Claremont Road, Newcastle, NE1 7RU

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