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Haver & Boecker Niagara rebrands
01 April, 2020 Canada – Haver & Boecker announced March 29 its family of companies and equipment brands — W.S. Tyler, Haver & Boecker Canada, Haver Niagara GMBH, and Haver & Boecker Latinoamericana — are coming together under one brand: Haver & Boecker Niagara.
  • Ümraniye-Atasehir-Göztepe TBMs on site
    Turkey – Two Terratec TBMs are being assembled prior to boring the Ümraniye-Ataşehir-Göztepe (UAG) metro line in Istanbul. The 6.56m EPBMs will be used by the Gulermak, Nurol & Makyol JV will launch these, and two other identical machines, in mid-May.
  • British Tunnelling Society calls for safety input
    Great Britain – The British Tunnelling Society (BTS) has begun hosting key information from the Transforming Tunnel Safety (TTS) industry group on its website. The hope is that this will make it easier for “busy tunnellers” to quickly access what they need and disseminate it throughout the workforce.
  • Crossrail and TfL worksites to close
    Great Britain – Crossrail and Transport for London (TfL) project sites are to halt works where possible to prevent the spread of Covid-19. The announcement comes shortly after work was paused at Crossrail’s Bond Street site, where a worker tested positive for the disease.
  • Action urged on silica
    Great Britain – The All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Respiratory Health has urged the Government to take action to prevent silica from taking more lives in the UK. The group, together with the not-for-profit group Building and Civil Engineering (B&CE), has released a joint report called ‘Silica – the next asbestos?’ to examine the danger posed by respirable crystalline silica (RCS).


Hammersmith connection Tunnel
27 March, 2020 The September BTS meeting saw a presentation on the Thames Tideway project’s Hammersmith Connection Tunnel. The talk was presented by Peter Coppenhall of Morgan Sindall, working as the designer’s representative in Thames Tideway West, and Ed Batty of BAM Nuttall, currently working as a Tunnel Manager in the Frogmore Connection Tunnel. This report was prepared for Tunnels and Tunnelling by Rosa Diez, project director for Mott MacDonald
  • Fire exposure
    Fabio Di Carlo assistant professor at University of Rome Tor Vergata, Department of Civil Engineering and Computer Science Engineering (DICII), Alberto Meda, professor at DICII, Zila Rinaldi, associate professor at the Department of Industrial Engineering (DII) analyse the bearing capacity of Fibre Reinforced Concrete (FRC) sections exposed to fire
  • Still charging
    Paola De Pascali spoke with Franck Boudreault, Epiroc global product manager electrification, to understand how the battery vehicle field test is being undertaken in Finland
  • Under the Swan River
    Alex Conacher travels to the Forrestfield-Airport Link in Perth, Western Australia to speak with Salini Impregilo, NRW project director Richard Graham and tunnel construction manager Carlos Zapico
  • TBM Moves
    Two tunnels on opposite sides of the Atlantic will improve the water quality of their cities. But without a TBM on site, there is no project. Alex Conacher reports