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Metro to award Purple Line work to Frontier-Kemper/Tutor Perini JV
22 June, 2018 Tutor Perini Corporation announced that the Frontier-Kemper/Tutor Perini Joint Venture has received a notice of intent to award a contract from the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority for the Purple Line Extension Section 3 Tunnels Project. The contract value is anticipated to be approximately USD 410M.
  • Epiroc becomes fully independent company
    US – The shares of Epiroc AB, a manufacturer for the mining, infrastructure and natural resources industries, have started trading on Nasdaq Stockholm in Sweden, it announced Monday, June 18. This marks the start of Epiroc as a fully independent company following its separation from the Atlas Copco Group.


Segment documentation
22 June, 2018 Alex Conacher and Florian Werres discuss current practices and future developments for segment tagging in tunnelling
  • Survey course
    Paola De Pascali talked with Balfour Beatty tunnelling manager and past BTS chair Roger Bridge about the Tunnel Survey course, the first of its kind in the UK
  • Isarco underpass
    Paola De Pascali talked with Raffele Zurlo, CEO for the Italian part of the Brenner Base tunnel client, about the challenges at the Isarco River underpass, a tunnel to the south of the main Brenner bore
  • Deutsche dip
    Alex Conacher speaks to Stuva’s managing director Roland Leucker about the current challenges facing metro work in Europe’s largest economy
  • WTC 2018
    The 2018 World Tunnel Congress was hosted by SoE UAE in Dubai


Known unknowns
19 June, 2018
  • An Austrian Method
    A joint venture led by Porr has been awarded a major contract on the largest tunnelling project in Austrian history, the Brenner Base Tunnel. The design-build consortium, which includes Porr, Hinteregger & Söhne Baugesellschaft, Società Italiana per Condotte d’Acqua, and Itinera will construct Lot BBT H51 Pfons-Brenner for around EUR 966M (USD 1.2bn).
  • Look back to look forward
    January marked 200 years since Marc Brunel patented the first tunnelling shield. The cover of this issue shows just how far the industry has come since he tunnelled under London’s river Thames, and further in the features illustrate the strides the industry has made over the last decades.
  • World tunnel congress
    The international tunnelling industry will gather in Dubai towards the end of April for the 44th ITA General Assembly and World Tunnel Congress. This should be an interesting one.
  • Preserving Paradise
    Whenever I hear about whatever the ITA Committee for Underground Space (ITACUS) is up to, I think about that Joni Mitchell song, Big Yellow Taxi. In it, she sings about a future world where humanity has “paved over paradise and put up a parking lot”.


North American Tunnelling conference (NAT)
24 Jun 2018 - 27 Jun 2018 Organisers: UCA of SME
  • No Dig Live
    18 Sep 2018 - 20 Sep 2018 Organisers: Westrade Group