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Ridham fires up
24 June, 2016 Great Britain – The precast facility at Ridham Dock in Kent has begun work. The factory will supply the Ferrovial Agroman-Laing O’Rourke JV with concrete segments to line the Northern Line extension project. The Morgan Sindall-owned site received a GBP 8M (USD 11.1M) order for the project.
  • PERI enters Tanzania
    Tanzania – Formwork and scaffolding supplier Peri has opened a subsidiary in Tanzania. The east African country “offers excellent economic conditions for the introduction of formwork and scaffolding products and services,” according to Peri. Additionally, it is considered a gateway to many landlocked African countries.
  • Robbins appoints Lechner
    USA – Manufacturer Robbins has appointed Joe Lechner as its new Small Boring Unit (SBU) manager.
  • Transport for London seeks training provider
    GREAT BRITAIN – Transport for London (TfL) has launched a procurement process to secure a new training provider for the Tunnelling and Underground Construction Academy (TUCA) in East London.


BTS Christmas debate
09 June, 2016 In December 2015 the British Tunnelling Society met to debate the assertion: "This house believes further development of SCL for complex urban tunnels is the best way forward for our industry”. The rapporteur is Paul Perry of Donaldson Associates
  • Final stages
    With 12km of tunnelling completed on phase three of India’s most advanced metro project, Terratec gives an update from worksites it supplied machines to, as tunnel work enters the final stages
  • Underground innovation
    Southern Nevada is already dealing with the issues of water scarcity and is investing in underground infrastructure to prepare for the future. Erika Moonin engineering project manager with the Southern Nevada Water Authority explains the capital improvement projects underway at Lake Mead
  • Achievements and Aspirations
    Last month saw a changing of the guard at the BTS, with Roger Bridge handing the Chairman’s baton over to Mark Leggett. They spoke to Sally Spencer about achievements thus far and plans for the future


Learning through doing
08 June, 2016 TODAY CELEBRATIONS are underway in Switzerland as the world’s longest railway tunnel opens. It is 1 June, and stakeholders and political figures are attending a day-long programme of events at the tunnel, prior to a festival for the people involved in the project which is due to take place tomorrow.
  • Looking forward
    This time last year I wrote about the impressive amount of tunnelling required to solve the unanswered questions of the scientific community. In recent years, the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) has been the highest profile of these projects.
  • Risks ahead
    BAUMA is returning to Munich this month. For those who have never been, Bauma is a construction and mining equipment trade fair held in the Bavarian capital once every three years.
  • Think global act local
    WITH THE RETURN of World Tunnel Congress (WTC) to North America this month there is an opportunity to promote the innovation and expertise of Canada and the US to the wider underground construction industry. Here’s what you should know about North America, by the numbers.
  • Easy come easy go
    Relief was probably the general reaction when Seattle Tunnel Partners had been given permission to resume tunnelling by the Washington State Department of Transport.


04 Jul 2016 - 06 Jul 2016