Latest from Tunnels and Tunnelling


LATEST NEWS

Bekaert Maccaferri appoints new managers
18 December, 2017 Belgium - Bekaert Maccaferri Underground Solutions recently appointed Peter Galle as general manager. He replaces Peter Remory. Andrea Miglietti, former CFO of Maccaferri Peru, replaces Francesco Lipartiti as the finance, admin and HR manager.
  • Tight Bangkok cable tunnel breakthrough
    Thailand - On 22 September the first drive for the Phra Khanong Cable Tunnel Project broke through. The project, carried out by contractor Nawarat Patanakarn called for a 32m-radius curve as the TBM exited the launch shaft to avoid some existing piles. The TBM used was a 3.2m Terratec EPBM, which is now excavating the second drive.
  • RCTP TBM makes another breakthrough
    USA - The TBM for the Regional Connector Transit project in Los Angeles, resurfaced December 8 at the future Grand Avenue Arts/Bunker Hill Station, the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) said.

LATEST FEATURES

Underground space in high demand
15 November, 2017 L D Jones, K A Lee, A J Hulbert, all of the British Geological Survey present a new 3D dataset that represents the properties beneath London
  • Interface power
    Trends in geotechnical data and software. Report by Patrick Reynolds
  • Spending probes
    Perspectives on the relationship of SI spending and ground risk. Report by Patrick Reynolds
  • Grounded thinking
    Alex Conacher speaks to Rod Eddies and Simon Brightwell of Fugro, a geotechnical services provider, to get a handle on the latest thinking around the ground model approach
  • Cambridge service tunnel
    AstraZeneca’s global R&D headquarters in Cambridge calls for a new tunnel. This report from a BTSYM presentation by Lloyd Rew of Skanska was written by Cameron Blackwell from Mott MacDonald


BLOGS

What’s the risk?
02 November, 2017 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.
  • The Nuclear Solution
    Balfour Beatty has announced that it is EDF Energy’s preferred bidder for the Hinkley Point C nuclear power station tunnelling and marine works package. The four-year contract will involve the construction of three tunnels for a total of 9.5km in length and 7m in diameter. The tunnels will form part of the cooling system required.
  • History Lessons
    Historians contend their subject matter’s utility helps us understand ourselves and the societies in which we live. To borrow an idea from civil engineering—we must understand the foundation before we build upon it. Looking beyond the literal interpretations, in the tunnelling industry without history one cannot appreciate the (comparative) ease, comfort and safety of today’s work environment and modern equipment.

LATEST EVENTS

  • ISTSS
    14 Mar 2018 - 16 Mar 2018 Organisers: RISE Research Institutes of Sweden
  • NASTT
    25 Mar 2018 - 29 Mar 2018 Organisers: Benjamin Media
  • INTERtunnel
    25 Mar 2018 - 28 Mar 2018 Organisers: Mac Brooks