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First West Gate TBM arrives on site
22 February, 2019 Australia – Assembly is underway on the first of the two 15.6m diameter Herrencknecht EPBMs that will build the West Gate Tunnel in Melbourne.
  • HRBT team to build Virginia extension
    US – Virginia governor Ralph Northam announced February 15 that the Commonwealth of Virginia has selected Hampton Roads Connector Partners, a design-build team, to deliver the Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel (HRBT) Expansion Project. The fixed price (USD 3.3bn) and fixed completion date (November 1, 2025) contract is expected to be executed in April.
  • Boosted by trainees, work is underway on all Metro Tunnel stations
    Australia – Large-scale excavation is now underway across all five Metro Tunnel station sites in Melbourne. The project has provided political capital for local leaders, with Premier Daniel Andrews and Minister for Transport Infrastructure Jacinta Allan visiting the future Anzac Station site on 31 January. The site involves excavation of a 300m-long, 30m-wide, 22m-deep station box.
  • Normet CEO to leave the industry
    International – Robin Lindahl, President and CEO of mining equipment company Normet has decided to leave the company. The search for a new President and CEO has begun.


Tunnel construction impacts on utility pipelines
12 February, 2019 The lecture was presented at the Institution of Civil Engineers on 19th January 2017. Dr. Barry New was introduced by Lord Robert Mair. This paper is based on the lecture and contains further supporting material and analyses.
  • A peach of a pit
    Overcoming obstacles and transforming an enormous quarry for Atlanta’s Water Supply Program
  • Recognising the bentonite machine
    Paola De Pascali visited John Bartlett following his being awarded the Frank Whittle Medal for the invention of the bentonite tunnelling machine
  • In sync
    The successful logistics of staging four TBMs from one location has enabled the first pair of machines to make a breakthrough near Oslo, ahead of schedule. Nicole Robinson reports on the Follo Line’s first major milestone
  • Underground electrification
    Paola De Pascali attended the “Power Change Days” event in Sweden, organised by Epiroc, to discover one company’s approach to the coming battery revolution


Hard to miss
12 February, 2019
  • Changing everything
    I recently hosted a breakout session at a conference on ‘disruptive technologies’. These technologies were: the Internet of Things, Robotic Process Automation, Blockchain and Artificial Intelligence. It was interesting, and will be covered in a subsequent issue. But for tunnelling I can think of one historical change that was far more significant, which has recently been recognised with an award.
  • Goodwill to some, not all
    In what is possibly a nod to the season of good cheer, Ipsos Mori has published its annual veracity index. This poll by the market research company has the accolade of being the longest-running poll on trust in professions, having been taken consistently since 1983. The poll is simple; it asks respondents to say whether they trust different types of people to generally tell the truth.
  • Telling tales
    Every few months I have a meeting with the magazine’s Editorial Advisory Board, in which I ask their advice, plan future issues and weather some constructive criticism (this editorial will be reviewed at about 11.30am on 18 January 2019 – not that I am feeling self-conscious).
  • Half a Degree
    As T&T went to press the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the UN body for assessing the science related to climate change, announced that limiting global warming to 1.5°C compared to 2°C would provide clear benefits to people and natural ecosystems, and goes hand in hand with ensuring a more sustainable and equitable society.


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