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Mine Development

Vale of Belvoir (Asfordby) 


Photograph. Setting steel - real tunnelling.

The editor of natm is the miner on the right. The other lad is Phil Andrews from Gruby in Leicestershire


Tunnelling

The Kelvin Valley 



Photograph. Knelt in a Lovat TBM

The editor of natm up in the notorious Kelvin Valley near Glasgow, on a job where JF Donelon went into Administration before being taken over by Amey. 



































Books 

James Durose-Rayner 

Editor


 


James Durose-Rayner, 

Editor, natm 

June 1994 – Present (21 -years) 

Offices:  Doncaster

Founded natm (1994)


The UK's Leading Specialist Civil Engineering Journal

(Tunnelling, Microtunnelling, Shaft Sinking, Trenchless Technology, Pipelines & Sewers and Piling & Geotechnics) 

Member of the ITA (International Tunnelling Association)






Tunneller / Leading Miner

Cementation Mining Ltd (Now Skanska)

December 1988 – June 1994 (5 years 7 months)

1992-94 Worked on development Tunnels at Harworth Colliery, Nr. Doncaster.

As a tunneller drove several tunnels using both drill & blast and Dosco Mk2A Roadheader to enable the installation of a new coal face as well as tunnel refurbishment works, which involved the removal of crushed colliery arches following extreme pressure from the ground above and their subsequent replacement.

Working in extreme/severe temperatures up to 50deg C.

Also sunk a 3.5m dia. by 15m-deep ventilation shaft using drill and blast and reprofiled a tunnel to enable a huge grouting operation

Rockbolting / M&E works


1992 Worked on the sinking of two 8.5m dia. by 30m-deep (approx) bunker shafts at Welbeck Colliery, Meden Vale, Nr. Nottingham using drill and blast.

1992 Worked on a development Tunnel at North Selby, Escrick, Nr. York

Drove tunnels and constructed a junction using a Dosco LH1300 Roadheader to enable the installation of a new coal face.

Rockbolting 

1991-92 Worked on development Tunnels at Whitemoor Mine, Selby.

As a tunneller drove several tunnels via Dosco LH1300 and JOY Roadheader to enable the installation of a new coal face as well as tunnel refurbishment works, which involved the removal of the invert following "floor blow" using Eimco/Haussher.

Working in extreme/severe temperatures up to 50deg C.

Rockbolting / Cablebolting / M&E works 

1990-91 Worked on the mine development (Construction of the new pit bottom) at Maltby Colliery.

As a tunneller drove several tunnels erecting steel colliery arches and junctions using both a Dosco MK3 Roadheader and drill and blast and in extreme/severe temperatures up to 50deg C

Grouting / Cablebolting / Rockbolting 

1988-90 Worked on the Mine Development at Vale of Belvoir (Asfordby Mine) in Leicestershire.

As a tunneller drove several 5.0m dia. circular concrete and steel tunnels along with steel junction work using Anderson Strathclyde RH14 Roadheader / drill and blast.

Rockbolting / Grouting / Concreting / Sprayed Concrete (Gunite)

 

Miner

British Coal (NCB)

November 1981 – December 1988 (7 years 2 months) 

Markham Main, Armthorpe, Doncaster 1985-88

Back Up Miner - Tunnels to construct B14's Coal Face / Coal face Installation of hydraulic supports / Mechanical & Engineering Staff - Servicing cutting machines / Roadheaders on every coal face in the mine 

Feb 1984 - March 1985 (Miners Strike)


 Askern Colliery, Doncaster 1983-85

Back Up Miner - Installation of the hydraulic mining supports on the 36"- high B50's Retreat Coal Face / Miner


Hickleton Main, Doncaster 1981-83

Trainee Miner (Methane Borer)

Back up Miner - for two Drill & Blast Tunnels driven on a -1:4 gradient into the new Silkstone Development

 

Projects involved with whilst with natm

Proposed Worth Way Tunnel, East Grinstead

2006 to 2007

A proposed £90M, 19m-wide cut and cover tunnel for the East Grinstead Relief Road.

Asked by residents action group to put in an independent costing of the scheme based on East Grinstead Council's proposed plans.

 Emergency Works Tunnel / A1 Business Park, Newark

March 2006 to March 2006

Tunneller - Geraghty Construction / MCE & T

Asked to independently cost an option for 12 Nr. ducts to be installed beneath a 10,000m2 warehouse.

Undertook the work as a tunneller on behalf the groundworks contractor/s hand driving a 20m-long by 1.8m2 tunnel through clays, sands and gravels.

 

Machines capable of using

Roadheaders: Dosco MK3, Dosco MK2A, Dosco LH1300, Anderson Strathclyde RH14, Buckets: Eimco 627, 625, 612, Haussher Dinter Drill & Blast / Hand Mining / Rockbolting / Roofbolting / Cablebolting Shaft Sinking / Sprayed Concrete / Shotcrete