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TBMs make double breakthrough on Follo Line
11 September, 2018 Norway – Two TBMs made the first breakthroughs on the 22km Follo intercity rail line in Oslo today. There are a total of four Herrenknecht TBMs excavating the project, as well as drill and blast work.
  • Sirius Minerals announces updates to York Potash costs
    Great Britain – Sirius Minerals has signed a design and build contract with Strabag for the remaining mineral transport system (MTS) drives on the York Potash Project. Ground and risk assessments will see the cost increasing by USD 400-600M.
  • Breakthrough at Whangaparaoa
    New Zealand – The sea outfall project at Whangaparaoa broke through on 2 August after four months of excavation. The 1,930m-long drive was undertaken by McConnell Dowell using a Herrenknecht AVN 1000DP with an excavation diameter of 1,220mm. The drive is the longest yet for the German manufacturer’s Direct Pipe system.
  • Crossrail services to begin in late 2019
    Great Britain – The central London portion of Crossrail will begin service in autumn next year. The schedule slip of almost a year is necessary to “complete the finl infrastructure and extensive teting required to ensure the Elizabeth line [as it will be called] opens as a safe and reliable railway.”
  • Hong Kong high speed rail services to begin in September
    Hong Kong – Passenger services on the Hong Kong section of the Guangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong high speed rail link will begin on 23 September 2018. The opening will connect Hong Kong with 25,000km of high speed rail network on mainland China.

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Metropolitana Di Napoli
21 September, 2018 Paola De Pascali talked to Giuseppe Molisso, Ansaldo’s project director, about challenges met during construction of Naples Metro Line 6, situated in a dense historical and artistic environment
  • Tunnellers wanted
    Alex Conacher interviews Ivor Thomas, tunnel manager for Bam Nuttall, who has spent the past couple of months transitioning from vice chair to chair of the BTS. He will lead the society until 2020
  • Steering the ship
    Alex Conacher speaks with Mark Leggett of Mott MacDonald as he takes the immediate past chair position at the British Tunnelling Society and looks back on his two years at the helm
  • Helical lining
    Behzad Khorshidi, of McNally Construction presents a lining system comprising a single helical ring installed during TBM advance
  • Risk management in major projects
    Four speakers from across the tunnelling industry gave their perspectives on the management of risk in tunnelling and major infrastructure projects at the October 19 British Tunnelling Society meeting. Bill Grose introduced the topic and set the scene with lessons from history, Kevin Province spoke about catastrophic events and some observations on best practice, Nigel Legge discussed causes of tunnelling failures and methods of risk management, and Patrick Barney gave the perspective of the insurance industry. This report was prepared by Martyn Noak of CH2M

LATEST Blogs

Welsh fairy tale
20 September, 2018
  • Tap in to the public mood
    Growing up in southern Italy, I spent most of my days during the hot summers in an olive tree in my garden. This hundred-year-old tree kept all of my secrets and protected the little girl who wanted to explore new cities all over the world. I still love my home, Nardò, situated in Puglia (the heel of Italy’s boot) but as an adult I left my olive tree to work in London.
  • The dirty “p” word
    Cities aren’t built by engineers, they are built by those who step up and lead,” according to Sevaun Palvetzian CEO of Civic Action, a Toronto based non-profi t coalition to address the region’s social and economic future. Her sentiment, while true, is aimed at building inclusive leadership at the civic level, an effort that is laudable. However, it’s also a message the industry should take personally. More people from the engineering and construction fi elds, as well as science, medicine and other professional realms, need to be involved in politics at all levels from the local school board to the federal government.

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