Nirmal Tiwari, Ex BBGE
Nirmal Tiwari
mentor & advisor in geotechnical engineering

A civil engineer with over five decades of experience in project and bid management in the specialised field of geotechnical engineering in nine countries. Currently mentoring University students. through the Ground Forum Undergraduate Mentoring Programme and member of the Federation of Piling Specialists (FPS) Sustainability Committee. Recognised by Ground Engineering Magazine (GE) as one of the GE Faces in 2022. Appointed in the panel of judges to select the winner for the GE & New Civil Engineering annual awards 2023. A conscientious and industrious Civil Engineer, with a highly professional approach and wide range of experiences spanning over 50 years in geotechnical engineering in India, UK, Middle East, and the Far East. Key responsibilities have included tendering, bid and project management for major piling projects of up to £30million in the UK & overseas and the provision of administrative support. Managed tender follow-ups, involved in procurement, billing, business development and the launch of new area offices overseas. A vast depth of experience, coupled with a wide spectrum of skills acquired in various countries, culminated in receiving four long-term service awards from Balfour Beatty Civil Engineering. Actively involved in developing the in-house enquiry handling and estimating system SIESTA (Stent Integrated Estimating Application) for all disciplines. Assisted in the development of the Carbon Calculator for piling tenders; trained estimators in using SIESTA and updating resource costs. Successfully tendered and won the £5m piling contract for the iconic Burj Al Arab Hotel in Dubai and fronted the £15m Westfield Shopping Development piling tender in Stratford.


• Bachelor of Technology Degree in Civil Engineering (1971), IIT Delhi

•Winner of the Federation of Piling Specialists Chair Award 2023

• Award in Workplace Coaching for Team Leaders and First Line • Managers: Level 3: Institute of Leadership and Management (2009)

• CSCS Construction Skills Certificate Scheme (Manager) (100% Score)

• British Geotechnical Association, (BGA), International Society for Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering. (ISSMGE)

Lead Author of the Paper on “Sustainability in the Construction Industry” presented in the DFI, EFFC conference in May 2010. My article on Industry View published in Ground Engineering (GE) June 2023, and Lessons Learned- published in Jan-Feb. 2023 and my Q&A with GE in Jan-Feb2022. Charity Work-Duke of Edinburgh Diamond Challenge 2016. Chief Editor of the College Magazine (1968 & 1969), Philately, Gardening. Preliminary German with Distinction (1975). MENSA Challenge 1996. (Home Test).