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Mackinac Straits Corridor Authority backs Enbridge tunnel
24 December, 2018
Canada/US – Enbridge announced December 19 that it had reached an agreement with the Mackinac Straits Corridor Authority (MSCA) on the future of Enbridge's Line 5 light oil and natural gas liquids (NGL) pipeline at the Straits of Mackinac. The three-person panel supported the project unanimously.

CATT awards 2018 Roger Crawford honor
24 December, 2018
Canada – The Centre for Advancement of Trenchless Technologies (CATT) announced December 20 it has awarded Nayandeep Maan, a third year Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Waterloo student, the 2018 Roger Crawford Award.

HNTB announces new hires in tunnelling group
24 December, 2018
US – HNTB announced December 20 two new hires, Kenneth Xu and Raghu Bhargava, joined its national tunnel group.

Sequential excavation method tunnelling
20 December, 2018
Sequential excavation method (sem) is a type of tunnel design and construction that started to gain popularity in the 1960s and 1970s. The essential component of the SEM approach is to take advantage of the natural capacity and strength of surrounding geology to support the tunnel with minimum cost and time required.

UCT 2018
20 December, 2018
T&T’s guide to UCT and highlights from the technical sessions

TAC Awards 2018
20 December, 2018
From rising stars to nationally acclaimed projects, the Tunnelling Association of Canada (TAC) presents its annual awards each fall to recognize the deserving individuals and engineering accomplishments in the Canadian tunnelling sector. The 2018 awards were presented on November 8 in Edmonton.

Time to travel
20 December, 2018
Bauma, the largest trade fair in the world, opens its doors in April 2019 in Germany. This year it will feature Canada as the partner country. Event organizers Messe Munchen and VDMA invite readers to attend the show

Corridor Connections
20 December, 2018
Federal, state and other agencies are working to bring super conducting maglev technology to the United States with an initial rail line between D.C. and Baltimore. Nicole Robinson looks at what the projects entails and what the tunnelling industry can expect

Better Below
20 December, 2018
Critics cite delays and cost overruns when new infrastructure is being considered and at the root of this is often construction impeded by issues with utilities. A new emphasis on underground utility engineering looks for ways to better cope with the urban subsurface, Nicole Robinson reports

West Gate Tunnel
20 December, 2018
Paola De Pascali talked with Shane D’Rozario, technical director from West Gate Tunnel Authority, and Andrew Shepherd, tunnel zone manager from CPBJH joint venture, about the main challenges they expect to meet during the construction of the West Gate Tunnel

Getting Clearance
20 December, 2018
Navigating existing infrastructure above and below ground, Dragados/ Tomlinson has completed the first of two drives for a new stormwater storage system in Ottawa. Nicole Robinson reports

Compressibe Corners
20 December, 2018
Following reader requests, Alex Conacher visits the VIP-Polymers manufacturing base near Cambridge, UK to learn why a Cast-in gasket’s corners needs to be compressible, not ‘soft’, no matter what specifications currently say

Inquiry criticises WestConnex project transparency
19 December, 2018
Australia – The government of New South Wales has published the results of an inquiry into the WestConnex road project in Sydney. The inquiry findings were critical of the project on grounds of poor transparency, value and a number of other issues.

Goodwill to some, not all
18 December, 2018
In what is possibly a nod to the season of good cheer, Ipsos Mori has published its annual veracity index. This poll by the market research company has the accolade of being the longest-running poll on trust in professions, having been taken consistently since 1983. The poll is simple; it asks respondents to say whether they trust different types of people to generally tell the truth.

Jennmar announces new joint venture
18 December, 2018
US – Jennmar announced December 13 the formation of a joint venture between Calandra Group, LLC and ABC Technology Group USA, Turnstone Industrial Solutions, LLC.

Normet announces exclusive southern Ontario deal with Dynamek
18 December, 2018
Canada – Normet announced December 14 it has signed a five-year sales representative agreement with the Toronto-area company, Dynamek Group Ltd., as its exclusive sales representative in southern Ontario for its line of TBM chemical products for the tunnelling industry.

Lead design contract awarded for North Bristol Relief Sewer
14 December, 2018
Great Britain – Aecom has secured a contract with J Murphy & Sons as lead designer for the North Bristol Relief Sewer, a new 6.5km tunnel for Wessex Water that will reduce flood risk and increase stormwater storage capacity to accommodate ongoing and future developments in Bristol and South Gloucestershire.

Siemens Mobility to deliver Stockholm bypass communications
14 December, 2018
Sweden – The Swedish Transport Administration, Trafikverket, has announced that it has awarded Siemens Mobility an EUR 75M contract to deliver communications, control and monitoring for the Stockholm Bypass tunnel.

Crossrail delays could cost two billion pounds
11 December, 2018
Great Britain – The British government has announced that reviews into Crossrail’s finances have shown that costs related to the delayed opening of the central section could be as high as GBP 2bn (USD 2.5bn). The figure includes GBP 300M already contributed by the Department for Transport in July and GBP 1.3-1.7bn in expected additional costs. The overall cost of the project at the time of writing is GBP 17.6bn (USD 22bn).

Chelsea-Battersea tunnel nears completion
10 December, 2018
Great Britain – Work on a new tunnel under the River Thames project in Battersea Park is nearing completion. Costing GBP 18M (22.9M USD), the 330m-long tunnel will transport gas under the Thames between Chelsea and Battersea in West London. Owned by gas distribution company Cadent, the tunnel forms part of a GBP 1bn programme to replace ageing infrastructure in the UK’s capital.