The 2,439th Meeting of the Society

April 23, 2021 at 8:00 PM

Zoom Webinar

“Crossrail” — Building the £15B Elizabeth Line

Digitally Digging a New Metro Beneath London's Skyscrapers

Simon Bennett & Daniel Irwin

Crossrail, Ltd


About the Lecture

Crossrail is a major project to link commuter rail services to the east and west of London through a new tunneled section under central London with 10 new stations providing interchange with the existing London Underground.

The construction and fit out of the railway have presented significant challenges due to the complexity of construction in an urban environment and of integrating rail systems on an unprecedented scale.

Crossrail set out to manage design and construction using digital building information management tools and has learned lessons of value to future projects of a similar scale and complexity.




About the Speaker

Simon Bennett

Simon Bennet is Head of Learning Legacy at Crossrail.  A Civil Engineer, Transport Planner and Communications professional, he worked on the original 1990s Crossrail scheme for the London Underground.  In 2000 was seconded from the Transport for London organization to Cross London Rail Links to work on developing the project and securing powers for the undertaking.  He led the Consultation team which became the Petitions Negotiation team during the Bill process.  During the construction phase he has been Head of Stakeholder Engagement and then Programme Community Relations Manager.

In 2015, Simon was appointed to lead the team responsible for the collation and dissemination of good practice, innovation and lessons learned from the Crossrail construction programme aimed at raising the bar in industry.

Daniel Irwin

Daniel Irwin is the Geospatial Lead at Crossrail, a £15B railway construction project in London and one the largest infrastructure projects in Europe.  With over 20 years of experience, including a Master’s degree in Geographical Information Systems, he has worked as a geospatial subject matter expert in sectors ranging from environmental, utilities, transport modelling and construction through to asset and facilities management.  At Crossrail Daniel is leading the development of geospatial solutions to integrate and support the Building Information Management principles that underpin the project for the entire lifecycle of a world class railway.

Daniel has published and co-authored a number of articles, including 3 learning legacy papers, 1 white paper and 1 PhD Research Project.  He has presented in numerous settings including for the Association for Geographic Information, ESRI and Bentley Conferences, as well as at the University of Stuttgart and University College London.