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My final Curriculum Vitae

Name  : Robin B. CLAY

Current Position  : Tunnelling Consultant

Nationality : British

Languages : 

English [Mother tongue];

Afrikaans [Adequate (O-Level)]

Turkish [Basic]


Key Data: 

Varied all-round experience – experience equally divided between site and design office; between tunnelling and other fields; between the United Kingdom and other countries
Specialised in the design of alignment and re-alignment of underground railways and roads.
Experienced in managing design.
Experienced in the design of sprayed concrete support systems.
Experience of working with and for consultants, contractors and owners.
Author of twelve Papers published or presented at international conferences.

Education & Professional Qualifications:

Academic :

Southampton University,    M.Sc. [Transportation Planning & Engineering]

Professional :

Chartered Engineer, Member of the Institution of Civil Engineers

Engaged on other things since 2008 – Building works, archive work, research, etc.


June 2008 - Nov 2008  SITA UK, POOLE
  Fair Oak, Beacon Hill and other Landfill Sites - Project Engineer for various             Landfill Sites, capping, cell construction, remedial works, etc.

Nov 2000 – May 2008 : Freelance Consulting Engineer
  Carried out a wide variety of commissions, including the following:

Nov 2007 - May 2008 : Recovering from surgery to repair “Golfer’s Elbow”

Sept 2007 – Nov 2007 : Beacon Hill Landfill Site, Dorset - Quality Assurance for the capping of several Cells and the construction of a new one for EGNIOL Ltd.

March 2007 : Various small projects – Augmenting a team depleted by leave completing urgent site investigation reports for the Nicholson Group.

February 2007 : M1 motorway widening – Part of a team awaiting permanent augmentation carrying out desk studies of site investigation for Giffords.

November 2006 : Pembroke Power Station – Part of a team carrying out at short notice urgent site investigation for a proposed new CCGT power station for Soil Mechanics Ltd.

June 2006 – July 2006  : Dublin Port Tunnel – Alignment specialist – Final check on clearances before playing of road surface for Haswell Consulting Engineers.

Mar 2002 – Oct 2004 : Dublin Port Tunnel – Alignment specialist – Adjusting alignment to take account of serious tunnel-driving errors for Haswell Consulting Engineers.

Nov 2000 – Mar 2002 : Channel Tunnel Rail Link Stage 2 – Prepared detailed alignment for setting-out.  Channel Tunnel Rail Link Stage 2 – Preparing predicted settlement reports for Rail Link Engineering/Bechtel

June 2000 –  Sept 2000 : LONDON UNDERGROUND LTD
  InfraCo BCV Ltd – Assurance Engineer preparing assurance reports on                completed works for London Underground Ltd.

1993 – 1999 : DAR AL HANDASAH
  Tarsus-Adana-Gaziantep Motorway – Chief Tunnel Supervisor: Supervising construction of five route kilometres of twin three-lane tunnels (in hard rock by drill-and-blast with sprayed concrete support) forming part of the Tarsus-Adana-Gaziantep Motorway.  Responsible for supervising all technical aspects of the Permanent Works, advising on the technical aspects of claims and preparing hand-over documents

  Kuwait oil jetties –  Senior Engineer:  Preparing reports on the damage caused during the Kuwait War.

  CrossRail Project - Trackwork and Alignment Manager:  Responsible for leading a team carrying out all aspects related to the detailed design of the railway alignment.

  Jubilee Line Extension Project – Trackwork and Alignment Manager:  Responsible for leading a team carrying out all aspects related to the detailed design of the railway alignment.

  Istanbul Sewerage Scheme  – Chief Tunnel Supervisor:  Supervising all aspects of the construction of a 5m diameter TBM drive through rock, and a cut-and-cover estuary crossing.

1985 – 1988 : Freelance Consulting Engineer
  Carried out a wide variety of commissions, both for individuals and for companies, including Gifford and Partners and SFMS Ltd.

1977 – 1984   design office.   Tunnel Design Engineer for design and planning for future extensions, including detailed alignment design, tender preparation and assessment, and supervising design consultants.

1976 – 1977   on Site.    Assistant Resident Engineer for the construction of four running tunnels and a crossover tunnel in hard rock by drill-and-blast


Attended Sita’s Electronic Purchase Requisitioning Course, August 2008
Attended ICE Adjudicators’ Foundation Course, May 2001
Attended R.I.C.S. Structural Surveys and Building Inspections course, March 2000
Attended Course  – InRoads 1992
Attended Quality Leadership course – 1990
Attended course - MicroStation 1990

Publications/Presentations :

Sole Author of five Papers presented at International Conferences.  Joint Author of seven others.  Most of these are in the Library - click on the Tab on the left at the top of this page.

- Clay, R. B. 2005: Wriggle Survey, “Underground Construction 2005”

- Takacs A. P. & Clay, R. B. 2000: Failure in NATM (SCL) Tunnelling – cracking of shotcrete; Proc. of the 3rd National Conference of Underground Construction, Oct. 2000, Universitas Petrosani, Romania

- Takacs A. P. & Clay, R. B. 1998: Lessons from a NATM (SCL) breakthrough in difficult geological conditions; 8th Congress of the International Association of Engineering Geology and Environment, September 1998, Balkema

- Clay, R. B., 1998: Planning the alignment of an underground railway, ITA, Brazil

- Clay, R. B., 1998: Tunnel Wriggle, ITA, Brazil.

- Clay, R. B., 1998: Drainage Maintenance, ITA, Brazil.

- Memon, A. & Clay R.B., 1997: Cracks in concrete lining. ITC, Basle

- Takacs A. P. & Clay R.B., 1997: RQD and its application on site. ITC, Basle

- Clay R. B. & Takacs A. P., 1997: Anticipating the unexpected - fire, flood, overbreak, inrush, collapse. ITC, Basle

- Clay R. B. & Takacs A. P., 1997: Tunnel collapses - case study; Tunnelling ‘97, The Institution of Mining and Metallurgy, ISBN 1 870706 34 X

- Clay R. B. & Takacs A. P., 1996: Contractual aspects of testing shotcrete and rock bolts, International SCA/ACI Conference, E&FN Spon

- Clay, R. B., 1996: Planning an underground railway, ITA, Brasov, Romania

EMPLOYMENT RECORD – Principal employments only (dates are month.year)

6.08 11.08 Client Office/Site Various Landfill Sites, UK Project Engr Sita UK Ltd
11.07 5.08 Time out to recover from a sports injury.
9.07 11.07 Consultant Site Beacon Hill Landfill Site, UK Assrnce Engr Egniol
3.07 4.07 Contractor Office Various small projects, UK Senior Engr The Harrison Group
2.07 3.07 Consultant Office M1 Motorway widening, UK Senior Engr Giffords
11.06 12.06 Contractor Site Pembroke Pwr Stn, UK Site Engr Soil Mechanics Ltd.
6.06 7.06 Consultant Office Tunnel Design (DPT), IRL Senior Engr Haswell's
11.04  6.06 Sabbatical   
3.02  10.04 Consultant Office Tunnel Design (DPT), IRL Senior Engr Haswell's
11.00  3.02 Consultant Office Tunnel Design (CTRL), UK Senior Engr Rail Link Engineering
6.00  9.00 Client Office Tunnel Asset Assurance, UK Assrnce Engr London Underground Ltd.
4.99  7.00 Sabbatical   
  9.93    3.99 Consultant Site  Motorway Tunnels, Turkey Chief Suprvsr  Dar Al Handasah, Turkey
  2.93    9.93 Consultant Office Port Works, Kuwait Senior Engr Rendel, Palmer and Tritton,
2.92  2.93 Client Office Tunnel CrossRail Project, UK Alignment Mgr L.U.L. / B.R.
3.90  2.92 Client Office Tunnel Jubilee Line Ext., UK Alignment Mgr London Underground Ltd.
2.88  2.90 Consultant Site Tunnel (Istanbul Sewer), Turkey Chief Suprvsr Binnie and Partners
10.85  2.88 Consultant Varied Varied Principal Freelance
11.77  9.84 Client Office Tunnel (H.K.M.T.R.), Hong Kong Design Eng. H.K. MTR Corp.
10.76 10.77 Client Site Tunnel (H.K.M.T.R.), Hong Kong Dep. R.E. H.K. MTR Corp.
4.75  9.76 Consultant Site W.End Relief Sewer, UK R.E. Southampton City
7.74  4.75 Consultant Site Kingsworthy Drainage, UK Dep. R.E. Lemon & Blizzard
4.74  6.74 Consultant Office Buildings Design Eng. W.D. Stone & Assocs
1.74  3.74 Contractor Site Road improvements, UK Site Agent Dean & Dyball
3.73 11.73 Consultant Site 13km Steel Pipeline R.E. Campbell Bernstein Irving
9.70  3.73 Consultant Site Orange-Fish Tunnel A.R.E. O.F.T.Consultants
11.67  3.68 Industry Site Maintenance Secondment British Aluminium Co.
12.66 11.67 Consultant Office Irrigation (Muda River), Malaysia Design Eng. Sir Wm. Halcrow & Ptnrs
12.65 12.66 Consultant Site Tunnel (Victoria Line), UK Site Engineer Sir Wm. Halcrow & Ptnrs
5.65 12.65 Contractor Site Sewers & Tunnels Site Engineer Mears Bros.
5.64  5.65 Consultant Site Tunnel (Victoria Line), UK Assistant Sir Wm. Halcrow & Ptnrs
2.63  5.64 Consultant Site Tunnel (Victoria Line), UK Assistant Mott Hay & Anderson
9.61  9.62 Consultant Office Power Stations Assistant Coode & Partners
1.59  9.59 Consultant Office Harbour Trainee Coode & Partners

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