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Stantec/Hatch/Tetra Tech to study third link
17 May, 2018 Canada - The Groupement mobilité inter-rives―a joint venture composed of Stantec, Tetra Tech, and Hatch―has been chosen by the Quebec Ministry of Transportation, Sustainable Mobility, and Electrification of Transport (MTMDET) to prepare an opportunity study related to the new transportation link between Quebec City and Lévis. This link aims to improve the flow of trips on the Greater Quebec City territory.
  • Metrolinx awards Finch West contract
    Canada – Infrastructure Ontario (IO) and Metrolinx announced May 7 that Mosaic Transit Group (Mosaic) has signed a contract valued at $2.5 billion to design, build, finance and maintain the Finch West Light Rail Transit (LRT) project. Mosaic's successful proposal will deliver the LRT by 2023.
  • Childom Cable Tunnel project accepts TBM
    Thailand – Factory acceptance for the Childom Cable Tunnel’s TBM took place in April. The 4.27m-diameter Terratec machine will bore the tunnel for a new high voltage cable tunnel in Bangkok.
  • Normet inaugurates new India facility
    India – On 3 May, Normet opened a new manufacturing and service facility in India. The site, which the company calls its ‘Facility for Equipment Assembling, Manufacturing of Construction Chemicals & Global Service Centre’ will be used for both chemicals and equipment, with scope for chemicals R&D.
  • Rokycany-Pilsen line completes
    Czech Republic – Twin 9.89m-diameter 4.15km-long tunnels were successfully mined by a Herrenknecht multi-mode TBM (EPB to open single shield). Breakthrough took place in October 2017 and the tunnels form part of the Rokycany-Pilsen rail line.


Right angle
10 May, 2018 Paola De Pascali speaks with Joseph Dos Santos, president of Dos Santos International, about the GPS high angle conveyors recently installed at work sites for a tunnel extension project on the Paris Metro
  • Four seasons
    To relocate utilities on Calgary’s Glenmore Dam, Ward & Burke needed to work in an environmentally sensitive and highly visible public space, Nicole Robinson reports
  • Montreal’s major project
    Construction is expected to start this year for the REM, which will become one of the largest, fully automated LRT systems in the world, Jean Habimana of Hatch, reports
  • A life underground
    A journey through the career of Ken Muir, working all over the world, often in extreme conditions
  • Artery bypass
    In the summer of 2017, Alex Conacher spoke with Aurecon’s Jack Muir who was engaged in finalising the tender design of the Second Overvaal Tunnel


Look back to look forward
09 May, 2018 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.
  • 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”.
  • Pipe dream?
    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.


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