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Melbourne Metro final bids are in
19 April, 2017 Australia – The bids for the Melbourne Metro tunnel and five stations were gathered in April. The project will be the largest public transport scheme in Victoria’s history.
  • Stad ship tunnel approved
    Norway – Transport Minister Ketil Solvik-Olsen has given the go-ahead to the Stad Tunnel, the world’s first ship tunnel. The announcement came after the release of the country’s National Transport Plan 2018-2029. Funding has been earmarked for the project in the first half of this period. The earliest the project could start is 2019.
  • Mini-Cam expands into Austria
    Austria – The pipeline inspection equipment company Mini-Cam has opened a new factory in Austria. The site was set up for its subsidiary, InPipe Innovation and it has allowed the subsidiary to move from a small workshop to a 7,500 sq ft (700 sq m) facility in the Alpine village of Riezlern, Kleinwalsertal, near the German border.


Value your Signature
29 March, 2017 Martin Knights, an independent consultant and former president of the International Tunnelling Association, asks what lies beneath your signature in this reaction to a comment at the recent Harding Memorial Lecture, hosted by the British Tunnelling Society
  • Istanbul’s Infrastructure
    Istanbul urgently needs solutions for fresh water and wastewater management as well as for urban transportation. Technical journalist Roland Herr presents two projects, a wastewater and a Metro tunnel, where TBMs from the newly rebranded Canadian- Chinese Lovsuns Tunneling Canada are deployed to bore much anticipated tunnels
  • Shaping up
    Tunnel navigation specialist VMT has partnered with US geo-positioning expert Topcon to create what they claim is the best solution yet for deformation monitoring
  • ULM Approach Tunnel
    Excavation of Germany’s Albabstieg tunnel was completed in December representinga major milestone in the creation of a new high speed rail line to Stuttgart
  • Application of fixed fire fighting systems in road tunnels
    An examination of the 2015 technical report on fixed fire fighting systems (FFFS) in road tunnels. This article was edited in collaboration by the World Road Association working group for tunnel operations, led at that time by LBA’s Les Fielding, which produced the document. The main authors were Bruce Dandie director at RRT Pty Ltd, Australia Norris Harvey practice leader: Fire & Life Safety, Hatch Mott MacDonald


Calling drifter
29 March, 2017
  • Who gets to work
    Voters in the US, particularly rural, uneducated voters, have said their support for president elect Donald Trump comes not from a place of hate, misogyny, homophobia, Islamophobia, racism, nor a disdain of liberal elitism. Their support is for his plan to bring manufacturing back to US soil, to create more jobs through lifting moratoriums on pipelines and natural resource extraction projects, and by building infrastructure—be it roads, wastewater or the notorious wall with Mexico.
  • Stonehenge sold short?
    The Stonehenge Tunnel has reared its head once again. New plans have been green-lit by the government and it appears the shorter tunnel option, a 2.9km bore, is the favourite.
  • Blanka Two
    Rumblings from the City Hall of Prague suggest a new tunnel complex may be planned for the Czech capital. The story was broken in late November by the economicsfocused Prague daily newspaper ‘Hospodárské noviny’. The project hopes to complete the Prague’s inner ring road and resolve the city’s traffic problems. According to the newspaper, around CZK 80M (USD 3.14M) has been put aside for design and study preparations in 2017. Of course the Final project will be far more, around CZK 50bn (USD 1.97bn) according to early estimates.


25 Apr 2017 - 29 Apr 2017