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Feds announce money for new Calgary LRT line
29 July, 2015 CANADA Federal funding of CAD 1.53bn (USD 1.18bn) will go towards the proposed Green Line in Calgary, Alberta, approximately one-third of the money needed for the CAD 4.6bn (USD 3.55bn) project.
  • FHWA launches new tunnel inspection program
    USA - The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) published the final rule for national tunnel inspection standards that will serve as the foundation of the nation’s first standardized tunnel inspection program on July 14. It will be modeled after the FHWA’s bridge program established nearly a half-century ago to ensure the safety of the nation’s bridges.
  • Blue Plains tunnelling completed
    USA - The TBM mining the 4.5-mile-long Blue Plains tunnel completed her dig earlier this month and on Thursday, July 23 her cutterhead was extracted from a 100ft-deep shaft near DC Water’s Main Pumping Station in Southeast Washington, DC Water announced yesterday.
  • Record breaking year for BTS D&C course
    GREAT BRITAIN - 88 people attended this year’s Tunnel Design and Construction (D&C) Course, in June - July at the University of Warwick. The five day course aims to provide a comprehensive introduction to all aspects of tunnelling.
  • Arup director leads BTS Young Member workshop in the Midlands
    GREAT BRITAIN - David Twine, director at Arup, has led a contract management and procurement workshop in Birmingham for the BTS Young Members. The workshop, which took place in June this year, was aimed at soon-to-be or newly chartered engineers.


Silvertown constructability
30 June, 2015 Constructability for tunnel designs has become an increasingly important input into project development for schemes like the new Silvertown crossing in east London, journalist Adrian Greeman Reports.
  • Chennai challenge
    Can India’s coastal city get its subway on track to deal with ageing infrastructure and a rapidly expanding population Robbins technical writer Desiree Willis investigates.
  • HDD Drivers
    The current market for horizontal directional drilling (HDD) may be reflecting economic and political issues around the world but there’s no doubt that underlying demand remains strong. Keren Fallwell reports.
  • East meets West
    This article on guiding and monitoring work on the Avrasya Tunnel project under the Bosphorus Strait was written by Robert Lensing and Manfred Messing of VMT, and Abraham Corriols, Patrick Hartkorn, and Giuseppe Pezone of ITC Engineering.
  • A break with tradition
    The Tuen Mun-Chek Lap Kok Link will mark a change in sub-sea tunnel construction methods for Hong Kong with TBMs being used for the first time. Sally Spencer reports.


Give a voice to future tech
25 June, 2015 In a previous comment I wrote about ITA president Soren Eskesen's progress with bringing tunnelling to the attention of the UN bodies studying ways to mitigate the effects of flooding and other natural disasters caused by climate change. He has had some success in this, but talking about innovations and actually putting them in place are sometimes a world apart.
  • Closing the gender gap
    Last December, the University of Minnesota’s College of Science and Engineering hosted a very well-attended family fair showcasing science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Children as young as two years old built bridges out of marshmallows and toothpicks, as part of the civil engineering exhibit, and wide range of other activities designed by student across the various departments captivated the attention of of children of all ages.
  • Lofty hopes for world's highest
    FAR ABOVE the destruction and loss of life caused by the Nepal earthquake last month, climbers sheltering at the Everest Base Camp endured days of avalanches. Huddling together under tables, and taking it in turns to dig one another out of smothered tents.
  • Acknowledging awards
    Hundreds of millions of dollars are spent each year to simply promote movies and television shows for events like the Academy Awards and the Emmys. While superficially glamorous, the prestige is lacking with each passing year, with deeper pockets and a growing number of award shows for the entertainment industry.