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Contracts awarded for Scheldt Tunnel
04 June, 2020 Antwerp-based infrastructure provider Lantis has awarded a €570M (USD634M) contract for the construction of the city’s Scheldt Tunnel to the COTU consortium of Belgian contractors. The third crossing across the river Scheldt will be constructed by Besix, Bam Contractors, Deme and Jan de Nul. ENGIE Fabricom is responsible for the design and realisation of the tunnel’s technical installations.
  • Balfour Beatty Gammon in Hong Kong tunnel win
    Gammon Construction, Balfour Beatty’s 50:50 joint venture, has been awarded a HKD7.2bn (USD929m) contract to deliver tunnels and other associated works for an automatic people mover (APM) and baggage handling system (BHS) at Hong Kong International Airport.
  • Lower global demand forces Epiroc redundancies
    Tunnelling and infrastructure technology provider Epiroc is to make 425 of its Sweden-based employees redundant. The move comes as a response to lower global demand from mining and infrastructure companies amid the Covid-19 pandemic and to “position the company better for the future”.
  • TBM naming exercise upsets residents
    Locals in a few Chiltern villages in England are upset by operator HS2’s TBM-naming competition which, true to industry tradition, asks schools and the broader public to pick names from a shortlist. In the past, such exercises have generated much wider interest in engineering generally and in tunnelling specifically, allowing the public to discover details of inspiring technologies they might otherwise not have known about.
  • Deadline approaches for WTC 2021 abstracts
    Submission of abstracts for WTC 2021 is still open but the deadline of Tuesday June 2 2020 is only days away. ITA-AITES has advised potential authors that abstracts should have a maximum 200 words and relate to the general topics of the conference. Abstracts can only be submitted online.


Take two
26 May, 2020 Brent Scarbrough & Company stepped in to finish a job under an active highway and a high-pressure gas main. Chad Cox reports on jack and bore work in Florida
  • Wet weather ready
    The Don River and Central Waterfront Project will help improve Toronto’s waterways by reducing CSOs. The project team provides an update on the Coxwell Bypass Tunnel
  • Burnhamthorpe Water Project
    Nicole Robinson reports on Mississauga’s efforts to improve its water and sewerage network, ahead of LRT construction.
  • NATM in Toronto
    As metro stations are located deeper underground construction techniques are meeting new challenges. Tony Tomory, country director, WJ Groundwater Canada, discusses dewatering for the Eglinton Crosstown project.
  • The Avon House Case
    Paola De Pascali talked with Paul Perry, associate director of Hewson consulting Engineers, about the infamous case of Avon House at the Bond Street Station Upgrade (BSSU) project and how it represents an example of sensitive building, which required a detailed investigation and mitigation measures