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Verloop to lead ITACUS Young Talent Program
23 April, 2018 The Netherlands – Rosanne Verloop has been chosen lead the new ITA Committee for Underground Space (ITACUS) Young Talent Program. The announcement is due to be made on 24 April by ITACUS executives Han Admiraal and Antonia Cornaro.
  • Keller acquires Moretrench
    Keller and Hayward Baker announced today they have acquired New Jersey-based Moretrench, a contractor operating predominantly along the east coast of the US and with a strong heritage of complex geotechnical projects. Moretrench will operate as a division within Hayward Baker. The enlarged entity will be very well-positioned for the expected long run renewal of infrastructure.
  • Fugro completes Tideway investigation work
    Great Britain – Geotechnical investigation company Fugro has completed projects for Ferrovial Agroman and Laing O’Rourke, the JV undertaking the central section of Thames Tideway.
  • Dugway tunnel makes breakthrough
    USA - Salini Impregilo and its U.S. subsidiary The Lane Construction Corporation announced April 4 they have completed the excavation of the Dugway Storage Tunnel (DST), a USD 153M project in Cleveland, Ohio, to help reduce the flow of raw sewage into Lake Erie.


Combining Two Soft Ground TBM Technologies
27 March, 2018 The development of Herrenknecht’s Variable Density TBM is detailed by Karin Bäppler, head of geotechnics and consulting for traffic tunnelling; Frédéric Battistoni, division manager for traffic tunnelling and Werner Burger, manager of the design division - traffic tunneling
  • Springs Tunnel Refurbishment
    Alun Thomas from supplier Minova and Dave Thomas from main contractor AMCO look at some of the products and systems used for the Springs Tunnel refurbishment project
  • Crossrail SCL Design
    Mott MacDonald project director Rosa Diez looks at the work required for Crossrail’s contract C121 – sprayed concrete lining design
  • No dig
    The NASTT holds its annual show in March
  • Continuing education
    For those seeking CEUs or to learn something new short course programs are on offer


Preserving Paradise
26 March, 2018 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.
  • 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.


01 May 2018 - 03 May 2018 Organisers: Mack Brooks.
  • No Dig Live
    18 Sep 2018 - 20 Sep 2018 Organisers: Westrade Group