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BC to fund high speed rail study with Washington and Oregon
21 March, 2018 Canada/US – The B.C. government will help fund a study of a potential ultra-high-speed corridor service connecting Vancouver with Seattle, Portland and beyond, the office of the premier said on March 16.
  • GHD makes expansion in North America
    US/Canada – GHD announced March 15 it launched a GHD Advisory in North America this month, offering a range of services that extend beyond traditional engineering including; asset management (AM); infrastructure investment and economics (IIE); and risk, assurance and regulation (RAR).
  • Illustrations of world’s first TBM acquired by museum
    Great Britain – The “most beautiful Brunel collection ever to enter the public domain” has been purchased at auction for the Brunel Museum in London. The designs show in great detail the miners and bricklayers working in the world's first TBM.


Teach a lesson
07 February, 2018 A free resource to promote and educate tunnelling engineers of the future. Paola De Pascali speaks with Gerard Quigg, past chair of the BTSYM’s Schools and Universities committee to understand how the Teaching Pack works.
  • Alternative fuel risks
    Traditional vehicle fuels such as petrol and diesel are being exchanged at an ever accelerating pace by alternative energy carriers. From a risk perspective, batteries and gaseous fuels introduce new risks. Road tunnels and underground garages were identified as potential high-risk zones. A research project at RISE, Research Institutes of Sweden (formerly SP), was recently carried out to review current knowledge and Swedish stakeholders’ views of the issue
  • French Revolution
    Automation of the steering and piloting for TBMs using a system developed by Vinci Construction engineers in the 1980s is continuing to deliver benefits. Bernadette Ballantyne reports
  • Risk management in major projects
    On the 19th of October, four speakers from across the tunnelling industry gave their perspective on the management of risk in tunnelling and major infrastructure projects.
  • Smart Ground Support
    Nicholas Vlachopoulos, professor with the Royal Military College of Canada, and Bradley Forbes, PhD candidate at Queens University, share their research into continuous strain monitoring using fiber optics


Pipe dream?
06 February, 2018 At a presentation to a council meeting in the final week of January, Elon Musk’s tunnelling company presented plans to tunnel under western Los Angeles.
  • Advance through apathy
    The Zojila Pass Tunnel may go ahead, finally, as it received government approval this month. The project is to build an all-weather road route to Jammu and Kashmir, featuring a 14km-long tunnel.
  • Expanding Engagement
    Montreal, home to miles of underground city amenities offering residents access to shopping, dinning, transit and entertainment, while connecting them to above ground buildings and facilities—a network especially appreciated during the harsh winter months—played a perfect host for Han Admiraal and Antonia Cornaro of the International Tunnelling and Underground Space Association’s Committee on Underground Space (ITACUS).
  • What’s the risk?
    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.


25 Mar 2018 - 28 Mar 2018 Organisers: Mac Brooks
    25 Mar 2018 - 29 Mar 2018 Organisers: Benjamin Media