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Musk gets approval for massive tunnel expansion across Las Vegas
21 October, 2021
Elon Musk’s Boring Company has been granted a 50-year franchise approval from Clark County to build and operate a 46km network of tunnels for housing a monorail transportation system beneath Las Vegas, US.

HS2 announces shortlisted bidders for Phase 2a
21 October, 2021
HS2 has announced a shortlist of three bidders from which the Phase 2a Design and Delivery Partner will be chosen to build the new section of Britain’s high-speed rail network connecting the West Midlands and Crewe.

Link Alliance TBM holes through in Auckland
21 October, 2021
An important milestone has been reached on the Auckland City Rail Link (CRL) in New Zealand following the breakthrough of a Herrenknecht EPB TBM into Karangahape Station.

Austria opens advanced mine-based tunnel research centre
20 October, 2021
A new, highly advanced tunnel research and training centre for the development of construction methods, materials and equipment has opened at Eisenerz in the Austrian state of Styria.

Not at all boring
19 October, 2021
We now know the details of The Boring Company’s much anticipated, inaugural Not-A-Boring-Competition final that was held in Las Vegas on September 12. The results make interesting reading. Twelve finalists used their custom-designed boring machines to build a 30m-long, 500mm-diameter tunnel as fast, as straight and as accurately as possible.

Tunnelling the Thames
19 October, 2021
Sagar Sheth, Principal Tunnelling Engineer, and Richard Miller, Head of Tunnelling, both of Ramboll UK, describe the design checks and assurance services, risk and stakeholder management they provided during the construction of Tideway

Skanska to build Norway tunnel for landslide protection
19 October, 2021
Following the signing of a US$40m contract with Vestland County Council in Norway, construction firm Skanska is to build a new road tunnel in Kvinnherad municipality, around 75km southeast of Bergen.

CSO capture for cleaner water
19 October, 2021
Jon Sickling, Tunnel Shafts Delivery Manager, Watercare Services, and Stefano Vittor, Construction Manager, Ghella-Abergeldie JV, outline details of New Zealand’s largest wastewater project – Auckland’s new Central Interceptor

Tideway recognised for floated culvert operation
18 October, 2021
Tideway, London’s partially complete ‘super sewer’, has notched-up another success, having won the accolade of Temporary Works Initiative of the Year at the British Construction Industry Awards 2021.

In-person BTS lectures to resume this month
14 October, 2021
Following 18 months of unprecedented living and working under a cruel pandemic, a sense of normality is gradually returning as the British Tunnelling Society (BTS) resumes its highly-acclaimed in-person lectures at the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE), London.

Strabag bags 36,000 concrete-segment contract from HS2
12 October, 2021
Austria-based construction firm Strabag has a won a contract to supply around 36,000 precast concrete segments weighing up to 10t each for the London tunnels of HS2.

Attention young tunnel engineers: the Harding Prize is open for entries
12 October, 2021
Named after the founding chairman of the British Tunnelling Society, Sir Harold Harding, the annual Harding Prize has once again opened for the submission of papers on tunnelling topics.

Wayss & Freytag, Züblin win dewatering tunnel contract at German mine
12 October, 2021
A 50-50 consortium comprising Wayss & Freytag and Züblin has been awarded a contract from RAG Aktiengesellschaft to build a new mine water drainage tunnel for the former Ibbenbüren mine in Germany.

5G SA brings new connectivity levels to Silvertown Tunnel
12 October, 2021
Ferrovial is using the Silvertown Tunnel project, London, to deploy the UK’s first operational 5G SA private wireless network to enhance the project’s communications capability and provide site-wide, reliable connectivity.

Tunnelling fraternity mourns passing of Paul Marinos
12 October, 2021
Greece and the international tunnelling and geotechnical communities are mourning Prof Dr Paul Marinos who died on 9 October in Athens.

Set in stone
11 October, 2021
For centuries the home of quarrying and more recently mining of the eponymous stone, Portland, England could become home to an exciting new visitor attraction housed in a mine and demonstrating the potential of underground space. George Demetri reports

A challenge packed drive
11 October, 2021
Erez Allouche, Matthew Devitt and Tyler Horton of Stantec Consulting, and Keivan Rafie of Hatch (Vancouver) discuss the relocation of a gas pipeline microtunneled through complex soils and beneath twin railroads, a river and multiple utility lines

Digging the deal on infrastructure
11 October, 2021
George Demetri takes a look at the state of US infrastructure, the possible causes of its lacklustre performance and how it may be improved, taking in along the way the views of some high-profile engineers and consultants

Lobbying can be a force for good
11 October, 2021
So, amid much anticipation, the US Senate has finally passed the US$1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill. Now, the package must clear the House, after which it will go to the president who will sign it into law.

hyperTunnel technique could revolutionise tunnel construction
07 October, 2021
A British scale-up company has turned tunnel construction on its head and unveiled what could prove to be a revolutionary system for creating tunnels.