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Brokk acquires Aquajet
15 December, 2016
Sweden - Equipment manufacturer Brokk has bought out Aquajet, a leading manufacturer of hydrodemolition machines, primarily known for use in concrete renovation works.

Infrastructure pipe market stabilises after recent crash
15 December, 2016
Europe - The market for infrastructure pipe in Europe recorded another drop in 2015 on the previous year, but is expected to remain level in 2016. This comes from a recent report by Interconnection Consulting, a market research firm.

Work begins on National Grid’s Thames Tunnel
15 December, 2016
Great Britain - Engineers were preparing to sink 30m deep shafts at locations alongside the Thames in West London as Tunnels and Tunnelling went to press. The sites were being prepared at the Royal Hospital Chelsea, Battersea Park and ahead of construction of the 330m-long tunnel by micro TBM.

State signs off on Hampton Roads Bridge - Tunnel expansion
13 December, 2016
US - Virginia’s Commonwealth Transportation Board (CTB) unanimously approved a preferred alternative on December 7 for the I-64 Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel, which adds a third tunnel to the existing two.

To cast or not to cast
08 December, 2016
Vincent van de Vrie, discusses the merits of cast-in gaskets for precast concrete tunnel ring segments

Impervious Infrastructure
08 December, 2016
Spray on waterproof membranes remain a niche market but when it comes to complex geometries and potential tunnel design the advantages are becoming more widely understood and accepted

Two Tribes
08 December, 2016
The first on-site comparison between NAtM and Adeco-RS during construction of the “Dubler Kurortnogo prospekta” tunnels in Sochi (Russia)

Hatch opens new California offices
08 December, 2016
US—Hatch has announced the opening of two new offices to boost its presence in the United States. Earlier this year, a full service Urban Solutions office was opened in Oakland California, and more recently in Los Angeles, a new Global Centre of Excellence for infrastructure. Both offices will focus on the efficient delivery of strong-performing infrastructure, in water, transit, and energy.

New tunneling standards to be proposed
08 December, 2016
North America – The American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) is working on putting forth standards for the tunnelling industry. During a meeting held in October by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers’ Pressure Vessel for Human Occupancy (ASME PVHO) Committee, ASI Marine’s (ASI) Hyperbaric Tunneling Specialist, Jerry East was nominated and awarded a position on the Diving Subcommittee. East has extensive experience in compressed air tunnelling, commercial diving and marine construction. He will serve as both a Diving Sub-committee member and an active member of the Tunneling Task Group.

Oh MIA Bella Madonnina
06 December, 2016
Paola De Pascali visited sites of Milan Metro Line 4, which will cross the city from West to East along the old town centre and Roman ruins

Cowi UK Comes Together
05 December, 2016
As Cowi acquisitions Donaldson Associates and Flint & Neill prepare to form Cowi UK in the New Year, Tunnels & Tunnelling speaks to Andy Sloan, managing director of Donaldson Associates about the new changes and the journey from “Donaldson’s” as it is known in the UK, to Cowi

Blanka Two
05 December, 2016
Rumblings from the City Hall of Prague suggest a new tunnel complex may be planned for the Czech capital. The story was broken in late November by the economicsfocused Prague daily newspaper ‘Hospodárské noviny’. The project hopes to complete the Prague’s inner ring road and resolve the city’s traffic problems. According to the newspaper, around CZK 80M (USD 3.14M) has been put aside for design and study preparations in 2017. Of course the Final project will be far more, around CZK 50bn (USD 1.97bn) according to early estimates.

Mini Cam expands into Latin America
30 November, 2016
Latin America - Pipeline inspection equipment supplier Mini Cam has appointed its first Latin American distributor. Spain-based Mejoras Energeticas gives Mini-Cam access to markets in Argentina, Mexico, Panama, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Honduras, Belize and El Salvador.The company will also handle servicing and spare parts.

Dubai waterworks
25 November, 2016
AL Naboodah has been engaged to divert utilities in advance of the Dubai Water Canalproject. the job called for microtunnelling, as well as HDD close to piling work

Namma Metro
25 November, 2016
Bangalore’s metro construction was never supposed to be so complex, but after years of difficult tunnelling and unexpectedly harsh ground conditions, it had proven itself otherwise. With multiple tBMs boring in the north-south and east-west directions, the critical path lay through Majestic Station, a crossroads for both lines. Robbins field service were called to the job, Robbins technical writer Desiree Willis reports

Under Cut
23 November, 2016
in February 2016 construction company Bessac completed work on a protection tunnel in extremely difficult geology in south Florida. in just ten months and using a customized machine designed especially for the mission, a 3.13m Herrenknecht Combined shield, 1,613m were tunnelled adhering to the highest safety standards. A new sewer line was installed in the finished tunnel – after half a century in use the old pipe was simply worn out. this report from the tBM manufacturer describes some of the challenges

ITA Tunnelling Awards 2016
23 November, 2016
International - The winners of the ITA Tunnelling Awards were announced last month. The event, held in Singapore in November, recognised eight tunnelling projects and two individuals for outstanding industry achievement. The host nation managed to win considerable recognition in several categories.

Lee Tunnel wins at Concrete Society Awards
22 November, 2016
Great Britain - The Concrete Society recognised the Lee Tunnel project as the Outright Winner at its awards on 17 November. The project was hailed for “pushing the technical boundaries of what is possible with concrete”.

UK to celebrate second National Tunnelling Day
22 November, 2016
Great Britain - The BTS is preparing for the second UK National Tunnelling Day. Spearheaded by the society’s young members group, the event aims to “generate interest in the great number of world class tunnelling projects currently being undertaken in the UK and to promote the industry (and its many professions) to students of all ages and the general public”.

Tunnelling event cancelled without warning
21 November, 2016
Netherlands – A tunnelling conference was cancelled at the last minute this month. According to sources, a number of delegates and speakers had arrived for the Global Tunnels Safety and Fire Protection Summit only to be told by the hotel that the bill had not been paid and the organisers failed to turn up.