Latest from Tunnels and Tunnelling


German young professionals group launched
16 January, 2018 Germany - December’s Stuva conference hosted the launch event for the Stuva Forum for Young Engineering Professionals (Stuva YEP). Approximately 150 young engineers attended the launch event and currently the organisation is loose, with updates and announcements being distributed by email.
  • Fugro bags E39 geotechnical contract
    Norway – Geotechnical investigation company Fugro has been awarded a year-long contract to carry out seabed investigations at four fjord locations in Norway. The work will inform foundation designs for the bridge and tunnel sections of the major E39 Coastal Highway project.
  • Minova secures cold weather approval for Tekflex DS-W
    Norway - Minova has received approval for the specification and application of Tekflex DS‐W in Bane Nor tunnel projects. Bane Nor is the approving authority for waterproofing materials for any railway or road project in Norway so their approval is required before a spray applied waterproofing membrane is used on said projects.
  • Ismailia TBMs break through after Suez drives
    Egypt - Two breakthroughs for the new Ismailia road tunnel project took place in December 2017. The first was on 4 December, while the second machine met daylight on 23 December.
  • John Holland and CPB to build West Gate Tunnel
    Australia – A joint venture of John Holland and CPB has been chosen to build the West Gate Tunnel project in Victoria. The Aurecon Jacobs joint venture will carry out engineering design for the project.


Farnworth tunnel refurbishment project
26 December, 2017 Eoin Murphy from OTB Engineering discusses the modernisation of Victorian tunnels. This paper was a runner-up for the 2016 Harding Prize
  • Cavern configuration
    The largest tunnelled excavation in Los Angeles, part of the Regional Connector Transit Corridor, will be constructed at relatively shallow depth below existing infrastructure including significant utilities and historic buildings in a seismically active area. Carlos Herranz, Zsolt Horvath, Justin Liandes and Derek Penrice of Mott MacDonald describe the approaches taken to mitigate this design and construction risk
  • Modern tunnelling risk
    As a review of the Tunnel Code of Practice gets underway Tunnels & Tunnelling talksto the insurers behind London’s Crossrail which broke new ground in project insurance
  • Picking favourites
    Sandvik’s vice-president for tunnelling drills Pekka Nieminen shares his career highlights, from complex rock in Switzerland to computerised drilling jumbos in South Korea
  • High speed revolution?
    California is the first state in north america to begin work on a high speed rail system. with its diverse geology as much as 80km could be in an underground alignment. Nicole Robinson reports on the challenging geologic conditions for what are potentially the first tunnels to bid


What’s the risk?
02 November, 2017 This month I am stealing a comment hook from the British Tunnelling Society again. At the October meeting, the evening’s lecture was on the management of risk in tunnelling and major infrastructure projects.
  • Bigger isn’t always bad
    The global tunnelling industry is worth USD 1.5tr, according to a new report released in August by Timetric. Leading the pack is Europe, with a project pipeline of almost USD 575bn, surpassing Asia-Pacifi c by a mere USD 10bn. The report attributes this economic success for the region to mega-projects for high-speed and metro rail system expansion.
  • The Nuclear Solution
    Balfour Beatty has announced that it is EDF Energy’s preferred bidder for the Hinkley Point C nuclear power station tunnelling and marine works package. The four-year contract will involve the construction of three tunnels for a total of 9.5km in length and 7m in diameter. The tunnels will form part of the cooling system required.
  • History Lessons
    Historians contend their subject matter’s utility helps us understand ourselves and the societies in which we live. To borrow an idea from civil engineering—we must understand the foundation before we build upon it. Looking beyond the literal interpretations, in the tunnelling industry without history one cannot appreciate the (comparative) ease, comfort and safety of today’s work environment and modern equipment.


    14 Mar 2018 - 16 Mar 2018 Organisers: RISE Research Institutes of Sweden
    25 Mar 2018 - 29 Mar 2018 Organisers: Benjamin Media
  • INTERtunnel
    25 Mar 2018 - 28 Mar 2018 Organisers: Mac Brooks