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Hitachi looking to expand TBM sales in Southeast Asia
26 October, 2020
Japan-based heavy machinery manufacturer Hitachi Zosen is looking to increase its share of the TBM market in Southeast Asia by expanding its support services, such as remote assistance for clients in machine assembly and operation.

Herrenknecht TBM delivered for Auckland City Rail Link
23 October, 2020
A 7.15m-diameter Herrenknecht EPB TBM has been delivered to the Link Alliance for work on New Zealand’s largest transport infrastructure project – the Auckland City Rail Link (CRL).

Not going viral
23 October, 2020
Many feared the outbreak of Covid-19 would wreak havoc on the tunnelling sector so how has it fared during the coronavirus pandemic? Perhaps not as disastrously as feared. Julian Champkin investigates

Two-Way Tunnelling in Seoul
23 October, 2020
Great Train Express (GTX) is a proposed high-speed commuter line with shared infrastructure that will connect new towns around the greater Seoul Metropolitan Area with the capital. It is the first project in Korea to use a large-bore TBM. Dr Warren Wangryul Jee, chairman and tunnel project manager of GTS-Korea, reports

Up the junction, round the bend
23 October, 2020
While pushing a preformed portal box through an excavation has been done before, a Network Rail project demands that it be done on a curve – and that hugely increases the complexity. Julian Champkin reports

Extending the Tamoios highway
23 October, 2020
Located mostly in Brazilian rainforest, the Tamoios highway and tunnel project is of critical importance to the Brazilian economy. It was the subject of the BTSYM talk in September given by project director Pedro Soares dos Anjos. Report by Divik Bandopadhyaya of London Bridge Associates

Automation, AI and the future of tunneling
23 October, 2020
Modern, mechanised tunnelling methods have had an enormous economic, environmental and cultural impact globally. To sustain long-term growth in tunnelling operations, industry and academia are researching new technologies to better handle challenging conditions. Among these, automation and artificial intelligence have an essential and promising role in the future of underground construction.

Groundwater control for tunnel cross passages
23 October, 2020
Dr Martin Preene of Preene Groundwater Consulting looks at the construction of cross passages and the various techniques for groundwater control and ground treatment

Industry needs a WTC2021
23 October, 2020
So, another World Tunnel Congress (WTC) has come to what can only be termed a fairly successful conclusion given the unprecedented Covid-19 malaise under which it was held and so rapidly put together.

Caverns completed on Sydney Metro’s Martin Place
22 October, 2020
Twin mammoth caverns on Sydney’s Martin Place station have been completed six months ahead of schedule and after two years of excavation. It is the first time in 50 years that train tunnels are being built under the central business district.

India to see massive strategic tunnel construction
22 October, 2020
India plans to build up to ten tunnels totalling over 100km to facilitate year-round military movements in the high altitude regions of Ladakh and Kashmir.

Barhale tunnel shield overcomes pipe-jack issues
20 October, 2020
UK-based infrastructure specialist Barhale designed an innovative tunnel shield for a 215m pipe jack which has connected to the main Tideway Tunnel beneath London’s River Thames.

Robbins TBM and conveyor duo complete Ohio River Tunnel
16 October, 2020
Despite a challenging geology, a 6.7m-diameter Robbins Main Beam TBM has achieved impressive advance rates on the 6.5km Ohio River wastewater storage tunnel below Louisville, Kentucky, US.

TBM breaks ground on Italian high-speed rail project
15 October, 2020
Construction has officially started on the 48km Brescia Est to Verona high-speed railway in Northern Italy with the launch of CREG’s TBM Martina. A high-profile ceremony held at Lonata del Garda was attended by national and local dignitaries.

Marti trains help SBB tunnels’ renovation
13 October, 2020
Infrastructure provider Marti has created new tracked modules for Swiss Federal Railways (SBB) that will facilitate urgently-needed repairs to three tunnels on CFF Line 224/Lot 3 Neuchatel-La Chaux de Fonds.

Contract signed for first HS2 TBMs
09 October, 2020
HS2 Ltd has announced that main works civils contractor Skanska Costain Strabag JV has signed the contract for the first two tunnel boring machines (TBMs) for London’s HS2 tunnels. The tunnels will be twin bore, each 13 miles long and roughly the same length as the Crossrail tunnels.

Virgin pushes hyperloop to next level
09 October, 2020
Virgin Hyperloop, the company set up by Sir Richard Branson to exploit hyperloop technology, has announced that West Virginia in the US will be the location for the global Hyperloop Certification Centre (HCC).

Green light given to Kolkata metro project
09 October, 2020
Approval has been given by the Indian government for a new metro line in Kolkata. The US$1.17bn East-West Metro Corridor project is hoped will boost mass rapid transport in the area.

TAC instigates changes due to Covid-19
08 October, 2020
Covid-19 restrictions have compelled TAC – the Tunnelling Association of Canada – to rebrand this year’s postponed TAC conference as ‘TAC 2020-One Toronto’, to be held on October 19-21 2021. It also announced that its 2020 annual general meeting (AGM) will take place virtually on 6 November 2020 at 12.00 noon (Eastern Standard Time).

Terratec TBM bound for Mumbai sewage project
08 October, 2020
A new 3.14m-diameter EPB TBM made by Australia-based Terratec is ready to be shipped to the Mumbai Sewer Disposal Project (MSDP Stage II Priority Works) following a successful factory acceptance test.