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Hudson Tunnel is repairable even before building a new one says LBA
26 November, 2020
A report drawn up by UK-based tunnel consultant London Bridge Associates (LBA) claims that the ailing 110-year old Hudson Tunnel can be repaired without having to wait for the construction of a new tunnel.

Prototype promises first step towards autonomous charging
24 November, 2020
Orica and Epiroc have co-developed what they claim is the world’s first wireless, semi-automated explosives delivery system for use in hard rock drill-and-blast operations. The technology aims to ensure that the right explosives are safely delivered into the right holes within the right timeframe for improved safety and efficiency.

Brisbane Cross River Rail TBMs being readied
23 November, 2020
Two TBMs are being retrofitted in Brisbane, Australia in preparation for the city’s Cross River Rail project which has a total length of 10.2km and includes 5.9km of twin tunnels.

NHI advancing on TBM coal-mining front
23 November, 2020
China’s Northern Heavy Industries (NHI) – which has a controlling stake in US-based The Robbins Co – has claimed it is creating a new era in China with the use of tunnel boring machines (TBMs) in coal mining on a greater scale than ever before.

Traylor-Shea to design and build RiverRenew tunnel system
20 November, 2020
US-based AlexRenew – the public utility for water renewal in Alexandria, Virginia – has awarded a US$454.4m contract to Traylor-Shea Joint Venture to design and construct the RiverRenew Tunnel System Project.

Hudson tunnel still suffering from Hurricane Sandy
20 November, 2020
With a litany of problems, many stemming from the Hurricane Sandy flooding of October 2012, a soon to be published study by Amtrak will urge urgent repairs are needed to the Hudson Tunnel in the next few years if ‘potentially catastrophic failures’ are to be avoided.

UK breaks record for longest hydraulically-inserted pipeline
19 November, 2020
UK energy company National Grid has completed what has been hailed as the world’s longest hydraulically-inserted pipeline, now officially recognised by Guinness World Records.

Work starts on Sydney Metro West
18 November, 2020
Work has officially started on the Sydney Metro West project following the confirmation of seven proposed metro stations as part of a new underground railway that will connect Greater Parramatta with the Sydney CBD.

New ICE President Skinner warns over carbon emissions
17 November, 2020
Having been inaugurated recently as the 156th President of the London-based Institution of Civil Engineers, WSP’s Rachel Skinner has made achieving Net Zero Carbon for infrastructure her rallying cry.

Green light for Stonehenge Tunnel
16 November, 2020
UK Transport Secretary Grant Shapps has given the go-ahead for work to start on the 3.2km Stonehenge Tunnel which will form part of the A303 Amesbury to Berwick Down carriageway improvement scheme in Wiltshire, England.

Arup appoints US-based underground infrastructure leader
12 November, 2020
Engineering and professional services provider Arup has named Andreas Raedle as its new underground infrastructure leader for the Americas region. He will be based in San Francisco, US.

Highways England seeks partner for Britain’s longest road tunnel
11 November, 2020
Highways England is inviting tenders for the proposed £2bn (US$2.6bn) Lower Thames Crossing tunnel which will be the longest road tunnel in Britain and the third-largest TBM-bored tunnel in the world.

Hopes are high for Hudson River tunnel funding
10 November, 2020
Joe Biden’s victory in the American presidential election has raised hopes of a green light for the construction of the Hudson River rail tunnel.

Review starts on the feasibility of an Irish Sea tunnel
09 November, 2020
Sir Peter Hendy, chairman of Network Rail, has initiated an enquiry into the feasibility of a rail tunnel connecting Scotland and Northern Ireland, after Boris Johnson approved a review to explore the idea.

California in a fix over Delta tunnel project
06 November, 2020
Environmental protestors in California are contesting the approval of a bond issue to fund the controversial US$17.1bn Water Fix tunnels.

GE completes tunnelling on Kuala Lumpur metro
06 November, 2020
Malaysia-based Gamuda Engineering (GE) has installed the final lining ring on the 13.5 km-stretch of the Klang Valley Mass Rapid Transit (KVMRT) twin tunnels. Part of the 52km-long Putrajaya line, it is the first Malaysian metro network to connect satellite towns to the capital Kuala Lumpur (KL).

First-of-its-kind robot will reduce risk on HS2 TBMs
05 November, 2020
HS2 Ltd has unveiled a robot designed to boost safety and efficiency during the ring-build process aboard two giant TBMs that will bore the 16km (10mi) Chiltern tunnels.

Green light given to Fehmarnbelt tunnel
04 November, 2020
A top German court has overruled all legal and environmental objections to the planned Fehmarnbelt road and railway tunnel between Germany and Denmark, in effect giving the go-ahead to the US$8.2bn project.

ITA reveals shortlisted entries for global tunnelling awards
03 November, 2020
Following a lengthy judging session which took place on 12 October, 16 awards judges drawn from across the industry finalised the shortlisted entries spanning the eight categories of the ITA Tunnelling Awards 2020.

HS2 supplier registration deadline looms
03 November, 2020
Suppliers hoping to work on the UK’s HS2 high-speed rail project have until 23.50 on 4 November to register for one of more than 1,000 one-to-one meetings that will take place as part of an online event on 23-26 November.