Added to basket

Back to Previous

Not up, not down but sideways

Tracing the history, development and potential of underground jacked structures.

The 2014 James Sutherland History Lecture traces the development of jacked installations to form underground structures from the 19th century to the present day.

James Thomson, discusses the potential to apply improved and innovative techniques to create a wide range of underground structures in the urban environment.


James Thomson is a chartered civil engineer who pioneered alternative ideas to traditional tunnelling, including a method to create road underpasses and subways without surface disruption.

Additional information

Video Length:


History Case Study Underground structure Transport & its Infrastructure Video

Related Resources & Events

Case Study
an image of a transit system in kuala lumpur

Klang Valley Mass Rapid Transit SSP Line, Kuala Lumpur

Vivi Kefala, runner-up in the Young Structural Engineering Professional Award 2019, discusses her involvement in the project.

Date - 2 January 2020
Author - Vivi Kefala
Price - Free
Case Study
Elevarch project: jacking rail masonry arch

Elevarch - The world’s first masonry bridge arch lift

Explore the development and testing of ElevArch® - a revolutionary new technique for vertically jacking masonry bridge arches.

Date - 9 January 2018
Price - Free
Case Study
A hangar structure by pier Luigi nervi

James Sutherland History Lecture 2019: Pier Luigi Nervi

Thomas Leslie, Morrill Professor in Architecture at Iowa State, discusses the life and work of Pier Luigi Nervi.

Date - 21 February 2019
Price - Free