Mr M G Francis, British





Geotech - tunnel & underground expert

Expert in the fields of tunnelling and hydropower with more than 40 years’ experience in the planning, design, project management and construction of projects in the UK, Nepal and worldwide.

Project Experience includes: Thames Tideway, Crossrail, Northern Line Extension, London Power Tunnels in UK; Jhimruk Hydropower, Khimti Hydropower, Melamchi Water Transfer and Andhi Khola in Nepal.

Leader of Engineering Teams and Project Reviewer for large multidisciplinary projects who understands the requirements for hydropower developments, highway, water, cable and rail tunnels. Ability to challenge assumptions and undertake comprehensive risk management on projects based on experience dealing with complex ground conditions, sensitive environmental issues, management of wide-ranging stakeholders, large design teams. Committed to professional excellence as supervising civil engineer for graduate training, leading Professional Excellence and Thought Leadership in major engineering consultancy, former chairman of the ITA Tech Design Group and chairman of British Tunnelling Society Committee which drafted and published the third edition of the Specification for Tunnelling.

Consistent track record of delivering excellent engineering solutions on time and to budget.

He got work experience in different countries as Nepal, UK, Africa and India

  • 2010 – present Practice Leader Tunnels and Project Director – Mott MacDonald
  • 2006 – 2010 Parsons Brinckerhoff Engineering, Manager
  • 1986 – 1996 BPC HYDROCONSULT Nepal, Manager

 Thames Tideway Tunnel – CVB JV – Project director for tender design of three packages comprising approximately £2 billion capital works and for the detailed design of the East Package.

  • Shieldhall Tunnel – Scottish water/BAM Barhale JV – Project director for tender design of 5km long 4.65m diameter waste water tunnel in central Glasgow. The tunnel and five shafts are proposed to be constructed in mixed ground including coal measures, glacial till and colluvium at shallow depth.
  • South Hook Cable Tunnel – Project director for feasibility study of a 3m diameter 3km long tunnel to carry 400kV cables under Milford Haven. It involves construction of 60m deep shafts and a tunnel in fractured Devonian Sandstone in an area of natural beauty.
  • Mumbai Sewerage Disposal Project Priority Sewer Tunnel – Project director for 6.5km of tunnel and pipe-jacks through basalts and breccias with associated shafts in the dense urban area of Mumbai.
  • Gautrain Project South Africa – Expert witness for arbitration relating to Water Ingress Dispute. Investigations into water leakage into the railway tunnels for the metro connecting centre of Johannesburg to the airport and Pretoria.
  • London Power Tunnels Phase 2 – Project director for study work on the 17km long Hurst to New Cross cable tunnel. The work included development of a feasible route, identification of shaft site locations for National Grid’s proposed 4m internal diameter tunnel.
  • Northern Line Extension to Battersea Power Station – Project director for feasibility study for Treasury Holdings Ltd and London Underground Ltd. The 2.5km long twin bore tube extension from the Kennington Loop to a new station at Battersea Power Station, involves two new stations, a step plate junction to be constructed around live running tunnels and ventilation shafts.
  • National Grid and London Electricity (LE) Cable Tunnels – This has included more than 50km cable tunnels in London approx 3.0m in diameter constructed with earth pressure boring machine (EPBM), deep shafts segmentally lined and with sprayed concrete.
  • Jhimruk Hydropower Project – A 12MW hydropower plant including diversion dam, desilting facility, powerhouse with three Francis turbines, 2km of rock tunnels and 265m long 45° inclined shaft (TIC $20 million). Responsible for Feasibility Study then Resident Engineer on site responsible for management of 20 staff supervising construction. The project was finished on time and to budget.