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North East Link design update
16 October, 2018 Australia – The North East Link Authority (NELA) has released a design update following a public consultation. The North East Link, a road project in Melbourne will involve more than 6km of underground road, to make it Victoria’s longest road tunnel.
  • Michels completes Blacklick tunnel
    Ohio – Michels announced October 9 it has reached the successful completion of the final drive on the 4.5-mile (7km) Blacklick Creek Interceptor Sanitary Sewer in Columbus, three months ahead of schedule.
  • YSE station designers awarded
    Ontario — Weston Williamson + Partners (WW+P) with WSP Engineers has been retained to design two of the five new stations on the Yonge Subway Extension (YSE) in Toronto and York Region, it announced October 4. This is the practice’s first rail project in the city and follows their work on the Toronto Pearson Airport Masterplan.
  • Frontier-Kemper still the lowest in LA County tunnel re-bid
    US – Tutor Perini Corporation announced October 3 its subsidiary, Frontier-Kemper Constructors, has been identified by the Los Angeles County Department of Water and Power as the low bidder for the USD 121M River Supply Conduit Improvement Upper Reach – Unit 7 Project (RSC Unit 7). The project was bid earlier this year, with Frontier-Kemper providing the low bid. The customer subsequently opted to re-bid the project, and Frontier-Kemper was again designated as the low bidder.


Collaboration, communication, competence
08 October, 2018 Bob Ibell, former chair of London Bridge Associates and the British Tunnelling Society, delivered his Harding Lecture in June of this year. The lecture is given by an eminent speaker in the UK, usually every two years, in honour of Sir Harold Harding, the founding chair of the BTS. Alex Conacher produced this account of the talk, which reflected on 50 years in the industry and makes suggestions about where it should be going
  • Double up
    Paola De Pascali spoke with Gustavo Bomben, Fama’s owner to understand the value of a multi performance gasket in the presence of hydrocarbon contamination
  • The bypass is back
    Paola De Pascali talked with two directors of Autostrade per l’Italia, Roberto Tomasi and Alberto Selleri to explore the Genoa bypass project and its geological challenges amongst a large presence of asbestos
  • Neelum Jhelum TBM recovery
    Gary Peach and Bruce Ashcroft of Multiconsult Norge AS look at works relating to TBM recovery after a severe rockburst event on the Neelum Jhelum project in the Himalayas
  • TDUK turns one
    Think Deep UK celebrated its first anniversary this summer. Paola De Pascali attended


Science of the small
08 October, 2018
  • Tap in to the public mood
    Growing up in southern Italy, I spent most of my days during the hot summers in an olive tree in my garden. This hundred-year-old tree kept all of my secrets and protected the little girl who wanted to explore new cities all over the world. I still love my home, Nardò, situated in Puglia (the heel of Italy’s boot) but as an adult I left my olive tree to work in London.
  • The dirty “p” word
    Cities aren’t built by engineers, they are built by those who step up and lead,” according to Sevaun Palvetzian CEO of Civic Action, a Toronto based non-profi t coalition to address the region’s social and economic future. Her sentiment, while true, is aimed at building inclusive leadership at the civic level, an effort that is laudable. However, it’s also a message the industry should take personally. More people from the engineering and construction fi elds, as well as science, medicine and other professional realms, need to be involved in politics at all levels from the local school board to the federal government.


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