Mike has over 40 years’ experience in the construction industry. He started his career working for contractors on tunnelling projects that included shaft sinking and tunnel construction using Tunnel Boring Machines (TBMs), drill and blast, and hand mining techniques. He then moved into consultancy to work on major projects such as the Channel Tunnel, the Jubilee Line Extension and Cross Rail.
Mike has developed extensive technical experience in the design, specification, and testing of tunnel linings in reinforced / unreinforced concrete, steel fibre reinforced concrete and in Spheroidal Graphite Cast Iron (SGI) and steel for soft ground and rock applications, and in the design of Sprayed Concrete Lined (SCL) tunnels. Many of the urban projects Mike has worked on included the assessment of ground movements caused by underground construction, and the impact of these on other surface and buried structures and services.
His most recent major project was on the £15.9bn Cross Rail project where he was seconded into the client’s organisation as Head of Underground Construction with technical authority for all tunnel related works including 21kms of twin bored tunnels, five new SCL stations and several shafts, turn-out caverns, and cross passages.
Mike was awarded the James Clark Medal for his contributions to, and achievements in, tunnelling by the British Tunnelling Society in 2019.
Mike has worked on a number of disputes and provided Expert Witness reports in the United Kingdom and the United States of America, including providing depositions.