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Mouchel appoints new director
27 November, 2015 GREAT BRITAIN – Mouchel has appointed Richard Crossley as its senior technical director for transport planning. Crossley joins from WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff where he led transportation planning services in the Middle East. Crossley brings with him over 40 years of experience within the transportation consultancy sector, including six years with the Department of Transport.
  • Islamic State tunnel network discovered
    IRAQ – The recently liberated city of Sinjar in northern Iraq has yielded a network of tunnels. Reportedly built by Islamic State militants, the longest of the 30 or 40 tunnels in the network run for “several hundreds of metres”. The tunnels were outfitted with sleeping quarters, electricity, sandbags, medicine and copies of the Koran. Tools for bomb making were also discovered.
  • NFM and Mu¨hlha¨user to collaborate
    FRANCE/SWITZERLAND – Manufacturers NFM and Mühlhäuser have signed an agreement to allow Mühlhäuser to work with European and selected international customers of the pair.
  • Harding Prize 2016 submissions invited
    GREAT BRITAIN - 2016 Harding Prize. Entries are now being accepted, with entry open to those aged 33 or younger on 1st January 2016. The entry is to consist of an original paper relating to any aspect of tunnelling which the entrant considers to be of interest to others in the tunnelling industry, with this submitted to the BTS Secretary by 31st January 2016.
  • Hatch Mott MacDonald to split up
    NORTH AMERICA - Hatch and Mott MacDonald have announced that the Hatch Mott MacDonald (HMM) joint venture will be separated into two distinct businesses. HMM’s Canada business will become part of Hatch while HMM’s US business will become part of Mott MacDonald. HMM’s Pipelines business, which operates in both Canada and the US, will also join Mott MacDonald.


Beyond an education
04 November, 2015 Ready to improve the world and help others, Belinda Li, an environmental engineer for Tetra Tech EBA, moved to Mawali in South Africa to volunteer with Engineers Without Borders (EWB) Canada. Nicole Robinson spoke with her about the transformative experience working and living abroad
  • Thinking GEO
    Mark Diederichs, professor of Geological Sciences and Geological Engineering at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, discusses tunnelling education, research and deveopment and the role of geological engineering
  • Educational experience
    In combination with the TAC Workshop in being held at Queen’s University in Kingston this month, Tunnels & Tunnelling presents a snapshot of educational options available for tunnel engineering students and professionals in this special insight section
  • Next gen potash
    At a joint meeting of the British Tunnelling Society and Min South, John Elliott - Managing director, Alan Auld Engineering and Alun Price Jones - Technical director, Cementation Mining presented the Picadilly potash mine in canada. The presentation looked at some deep mine shafts and explored the next generation of potash mines currently being sunk in canada. The design and construction of the shafts for the Piccadilly project were also described in detail
  • Breaking boundaries
    Prior to 2012, the integration of designed vertical or horizontal curves into microtunnel alignments was unheard of in Ontario. Following the release of a large number of infrastructure projects in suburban Toronto, clients and consultants encouraged contractors to present value engineered alternatives to pr oposed project alignments and construction methods. Seamus Tynan and John Grennan of Ward and Burke discuss three recent projects successfully constructing long-distance, curved microtunnels


Another hurdle
29 October, 2015 In a trip to China, the UK’s chancellor George Osborne has been trying to spark interest in High Speed Two (HS2) investment opportunities. Some GBP 24bn (USD 36.5bn) was laid out for the consideration of potential spenders at an event in Chengdu, the capital of Southwest China’s Sichuan province. Osborne tweeted from the event: “Today we open bidding process for HS2 construction with contracts worth 11.8bn. A milestone in a project key to Britain's future.”
  • Christie's gamble
    Protecting his state from potential cost overruns, newly-elected New Jersey governor Chris Christie proudly brought the Access to the Region's Core (ARC) tunnel project to a halt in 2010. The USD 8.7bn rail project under the Hudson River would have connected New Jersey to New York through two, single-track 2.26km-long tunnels.
  • Fortune telling
    In the Tunnels and Tunnelling Offices we keep heavy, hardback copies of every issue going back to the first edition in 1969. And it's interesting to look back and see how the tunnelling industry, as well as the wider world, has changed through the decades. One Editor's Comment from the 1980s prophesises that manufacturing in the US is finished because of a strong dollar; another from the late 1990s asks how long the West can continue to financeAsia. And earlier than that there's a lot of ink spent in fearful speculation about the fate of the Channel Tunnel.
  • Optimism Abounds
    At the rapid excavation and Tunnelling Conference (RETC) in New Orleans this June, there was a discernable attitude shift of the industry from 2014 to 2015. At the North America Tunneling (NAT) event in Los Angeles—where a news crew local to Seattle roamed the exhibit hall, looking for answers about the stalled TBM on the Alaskan Way viaduct project—the tone of most conversations expressed hesitation, concern and frustration.
  • Holding out for a hero
    As I write this comment the Greek banks have closed. Accounts, and non-internal payments for the majority of account holders have been frozen and queues of people are lining up on the high streets to withdraw no more than EUR 60 (USD 66.88) per day. Some hours from now it is due to repay EUR 1.6bn (USD 1.78bn) to the International Monetary Fund (IMF), but it has just requested a new two-year EUR 29.1bn aid deal from a bailout mechanism that is in place for Eurozone countries.


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01 Dec 2015 - 03 Dec 2015