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Twin 8.5m-diameter, 10.5km-long parallel headrace tunnels subject to overburdens up to 1,870m with high horizontal stresses were excavated for the Neelum Jhelum Hydroelectric Project in northeastern Pakistan using two gripper TBMs. This article was written by Gary Peach, resident TBM engineer for MulticonsultRead more
The November BTS talk describes the square works for Finsbury Park and was presented by three speakers; Farid Acha, lead tunnel engineer for London Underground; John Elliot, director of underground infrastructure for Golder, and Menelaos Lydakis, chartered engineer and project manager of Spencer Group.Read more
Tutor Perini Corporation announced that the Frontier-Kemper/Tutor Perini Joint Venture has received a notice of intent to award a contract from the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority for the Purple Line Extension Section 3 Tunnels Project. The contract value is anticipated to be approximately USD 410M.
Epiroc becomes fully independent company
US – The shares of Epiroc AB, a manufacturer for the mining, infrastructure and natural resources industries, have started trading on Nasdaq Stockholm in Sweden, it announced Monday, June 18. This marks the start of Epiroc as a fully independent company following its separation from the Atlas Copco Group.
New senior hire in Schnabel’s Seattle office
US – Glen Frank has joined Schnabel Engineering as a senior vice president specializing in underground construction, the company announced Friday, June 15.
Rahm Emanuel selects Elon Musk's high speed rail bid
US – Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel announced June 14 The Boring Company, founded by Silicon Valley's Elon Musk, will build and operate the Chicago express service between downtown and O'Hare Airport.
Senate committee approves funds toward Gateway Tunnel
US – The Senate Appropriations Committee approved a FY2019 transportation and housing bill on June 7, which provides funding to a variety of transportation infrastructure, including the Gateway program.
Alex Conacher and Florian Werres discuss current practices and future developments for segment tagging in tunnelling
Paola De Pascali talked with Balfour Beatty tunnelling manager and past BTS chair Roger Bridge about the Tunnel Survey course, the first of its kind in the UK
Paola De Pascali talked with Raffele Zurlo, CEO for the Italian part of the Brenner Base tunnel client, about the challenges at the Isarco River underpass, a tunnel to the south of the main Brenner bore
Alex Conacher speaks to Stuva’s managing director Roland Leucker about the current challenges facing metro work in Europe’s largest economy
The 2018 World Tunnel Congress was hosted by SoE UAE in Dubai
An Austrian Method
A joint venture led by Porr has been awarded a major contract on the largest tunnelling project in Austrian history, the Brenner Base Tunnel. The design-build consortium, which includes Porr, Hinteregger & Söhne Baugesellschaft, Società Italiana per Condotte d’Acqua, and Itinera will construct Lot BBT H51 Pfons-Brenner for around EUR 966M (USD 1.2bn).
Look back to look forward
January marked 200 years since Marc Brunel patented the first tunnelling shield. The cover of this issue shows just how far the industry has come since he tunnelled under London’s river Thames, and further in the features illustrate the strides the industry has made over the last decades.
World tunnel congress
The international tunnelling industry will gather in Dubai towards the end of April for the 44th ITA General Assembly and World Tunnel Congress. This should be an interesting one.
Whenever I hear about whatever the ITA Committee for Underground Space (ITACUS) is up to, I think about that Joni Mitchell song, Big Yellow Taxi. In it, she sings about a future world where humanity has “paved over paradise and put up a parking lot”.
Organisers: UCA of SME
No Dig Live
Organisers: Westrade Group
Organisers: Brintex Ltd