Today on Tunnels & Tunnelling International


MTR names new projects director
26 August, 2014 HONG KONG – Philco Wong has been appointed MTR projects director, with his responsibilities taking effect from 28 October. The incumbent, TC Chew, is retiring. For an easy transition, Wong has already begun work as ‘projects director – designate’.
  • London Underground begins search for additional trains
    GREAT BRITAIN – London Underground (LU) announced last month that it has begun a search to secure additional Jubilee and Northern Line trains. It said combining the orders would ensure value for money for customers, and that the additional trains and modern signalling system will boost capacity.
  • Mexico's ICA wins major tunnelling contract
    MEXICO - Mexico¹s largest construction company, ICA, has won a MXN 2.566bn (USD 197M) contract to build a tunnel aimed at reducing flood risks in the centre of the country. The Churubusco-Xochiaca tunnel project, which was awarded through public tender, includes the construction of a 13km tunnel that is scheduled to take 29 months.
  • Aitken becomes B&V water MD for Europe
    EUROPE - Scott Aitken has been appointed Managing Director of Black & Veatch’s water business in Europe. The new leader will assume full management responsibility for the company’s asset lifecycle services including professional services, design-build and operate-maintain asset management ambitions in the region.


Top of the box
27 August, 2014 Bangkok’s metro system construction is making innovative use of pipejacking for the roof of a new underground station reports Adrian Greeman
  • East side explosives
    At February's joint BTS/Minsouth meeting. Andy Thompson of Hatch Mott MacDonald delivered a presentation on the use of explosives for the construction of New York's East side access. Andrew Hindmarch of Mott MacDonald gives this report from the meeting.
  • Up in lights
    Raoul Lorphèvre and Jérôme Dehon of the Schreder group discuss various lighting options and the effect different setups can have on issues such as energy consumption and maintenance.
  • Destination Doha
    As tunnel boring machines continue to arrive in Doha, Tunnels and Tunnelling looks to find out more about the world’s most ambitious metro scheme. Technical journalist Bernadette Ballantyne Reports.
  • Eastern promise
    Previously driven by the oil and gas sector, tunnelling in the Middle East is enjoying a new boom as metro systems and new sewer networks are developed throughout the region. Bernadette Ballantyne reports


It's later than you think
26 August, 2014 AS the tunnelling community plans to descend upon London for the British Tunnelling Society conference next month, Mayor Boris Johnson has set out a GBP 1.3 trillion (USD 2.2 trillion) development plan that lays down a treasure trove of underground opportunities for the city. The plan outlines the infrastructure developments needed to keep pace with London's growth.
  • Next Generation
    Recently, various reports have been released that confirm the ever-widening gap between the Millennial generation and the preceding Baby Boomers.
  • ITA turns 40
    WHEN CONSIDERING an anniversary it is always fun to delve into the archives and see what the past can reveal. The International Tunnelling Association's 40th birthday is no exception and when routing through the early editions of Tunnels we happened across an interview with Alan Muir Wood ahead of the first ITA meeting in Oslo, 1974.
  • Spending Spree
    This month marks the fifth anniversary of the Recovery Act, the government’s attempt to create new jobs and spur economic growth at a time when the economy seemed very bleak. Congress and President Obama issued USD 787bn in tax cuts, funding for entitlement programs (such as unemployment benefits and funding for federal contracts), grants and loans, which was later upped to USD 840bn.


Fire Protection and Safety in Tunnels
10 Sep 2014 - 11 Sep 2014 Fire Protection and Safety in Tunnels
  • No-Dig Live 2014
    16 Sep 2014 - 18 Sep 2014 12th biennial trenchless technology exhibition, outdoor demonstrations and seminars
  • InnoTrans 2014
    23 Sep 2014 - 26 Sep 2014 Full Name: Annika Fila Position: Managing Director Company: UK office of InnoTrans Department: Sales & Marketing
  • NASTT’s 2015 No-Dig Show
    15 Mar 2015 - 19 Mar 2015 NASTT’s No-Dig Show is the largest trenchless technology conference in North America, where professionals attend to learn new techniques that will save money and improve infrastructure. The overall No-Dig program is focused on one objective: helping you maximize your investment in trenchless technologies, services and applications.