News. The latest news and updates from OTB projects and engineers.

December 11, 2018

London Underground's Northern Line Extension won 'Tunnelling Project of the Year for 2018' as voted by New Civil Engineer at the gala awards dinner held on 6th December, 2018.

Congratulations are due to all.  OTB Director and Chief Engineer, Phil Astle, was there to help collect the award (spot him in the photo).

The new 2.3km long extension will bring the Northern Line into the new development at Battersea Power Station and Nine Elms.  OTB wa...

December 11, 2018

Congratulations to Karolis for passing his professional review and becoming a member of the Institution of Civil Engineers (MICE) and a Chartered Engineer.  Some very good news for two of our incredibly talented team members in one week!.

December 11, 2018

OTB I delighted to share that Maria has passed her professional review to become a member of the Institution of Civil Engineers (MICE) and a Chartered Engineer.  On behalf of everyone at OTB we would like to congratulate Maria on her achievement!.

October 11, 2018

OTB and our client Ferrovial Laing O'Rourke (Flo) are leading the way in condition surveys of Network Rail bridges using Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) technology.

OTB has been appointed to carry out condition surveys of several bridges within the central section of the Thames Tideway Project prior to, and after, the construction of the main tunnel.  Inspections using the Cyberhawk Innovation team and our highly qualified engineers, reduce cos...

October 11, 2018

Phil Astle and David Hindle held a very successful workshop on the design of timber headings for the BTYSM on 20th September.  We were pleased to be able to share our extensive knowledge of the design of timber headings and design of complicated underground structures.  We would like to thank all the participants who have inundated us with messages on the success of the workshop and requests for the workshop to be run again in 2019.  We look...

October 4, 2018

We are delighted to welcome Margarita to our team.

Margarita was born in the north of Spain, and moved to the United Kingdom after graduating, in 2008, from Escuela Politectica Superior of Burgos with a degree in Civil Engineering. A civil engineer with seven years’ experience of working within geotechnical works-including foundations, earthworks, anchors and grouting- Margarita joined OTB to develop her design skills and practical constructi...

October 4, 2018

OTB are delighted to welcome Ahsan to our team!

Ahsan was born in Pakistan, but moved to Monte San Guisto in central Italy when he was young. Graduating from Marche Polytechnic University with a Bsc and Msc in Engineering, Ahsan comes highly recommended from UCL, where he recently completed a 6 month traineeship studying and researching the chemical behaviour of thermal piles. His interests are principally in soil structure interaction and nu...

May 15, 2018

We like to prove ourselves as innovators in the sectors we work in. And that means providing clients with creative construction solutions, on projects that are often sensitive and complex.

Which is exactly what we did whilst working on the Paddington Bakerloo Line Link- a new passenger transfer link between the Crossrail station on the western side of Paddington station and the existing Bakerloo Line station on the eastern side.

Joining as the...

April 27, 2018

2018 marks the 200 year anniversary of the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE). To honour the occasion, the Institution is launching its President’s Future ​​Leaders Scheme, which will honour four Technician and Graduate Members who have exampled exceptional engineering talent and vision.

Successful candidates will gain more than just prestige too. As well as helping each awardee develop their winning concept, the ICE will help provide both...

April 27, 2018

There has been much talk in recent years about the need to encourage more women to pursue careers in engineering. And that’s largely because the statistics don’t make for particularly pleasant reading. Surveys taken last year indicate that a mere 11% of the worldwide engineering workforce is female. Here in Europe, the UK holds the lowest percentage of female engineers, with just under 10% accounting for the total engineering workforce in th...

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