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Britain launches segmental lining code of practice
20 April, 2016
GREAT BRITAIN – A specification for the design of concrete segmental linings was launched in mid-April. The document, “Publicly Available Specification (PAS) 8810:2016 – Tunnel Design: Design of concrete segmental linings: Code of practice” was produced by the British Standards Institute (BSI) and lead technical author Arup.
Fehmarnbelt conditional contractors chosen
16 March, 2016
DENMARK/GERMANY – The preferred bidders for the Fehmarnbelt Fixed Link have been named. Client Femern said it had chosen a joint venture consisting of Vinci Construction Grands Projets, Per Aarsleff, Wayss & Freytag, Max Bögl, CFE, Bachy Solétance, BAM Infra, BAM International, Dredging International, and Cowi.
Meeting the challenge
14 March, 2016
A small engineering company in Essex is making a big contribution to Europe’s largest infrastructure project, Crossrail. Sally Spencer Reports.
Mott MacDonald to design Thames Tideway East
29 January, 2016
GREAT BRITAIN – Mott MacDonald will design the eastern section of the Thames Tideway sewer tunnel in London. The section will be constructed by a joint venture of Costain, Vinci Construction Grands Projets and Bachy Soletanche.
25 November, 2015
IT'S A HOT Sunday evening in late June. I've got an assignment overdue for work; lectures starting early the following morning, and instead of thinking about either I'm heading to the Warwick University Campus Bar. It's good to be back in further education.
29 October, 2015
Construction for metro projects, with events such as the World Cup on the horizon, is driving the demand for tunnelling Qatar. Other cities in the Middle East are also investing in infrastructure development, growing the market for tunnelling across the region. Keren Falwell reports.
Thames Tideway financial backers confirmed
27 August, 2015
GREAT BRITAIN – Construction of the new ‘super sewer’ in London will begin next year. Confirmation of finance for the independent investors to finance and deliver the scheme was announced in August.
Buchan awarded Shieldhall ring supply contract
21 August, 2015
GREAT BRITAIN – Buchan Underground was recently awarded a contract to supply 3,277 precast rings for the Shieldhall Tunnel project in Glasgow. Each 4.56m-diameter ring is made up of six segments, each weighing 2300kg that equates to over 19,500 segments to be supplied to the project.
Lee Tunnel secondary lining complete
03 July, 2015
GREAT BRITAIN – The contractor has completed the secondary lining on the Lee Tunnel project in London, UK. A joint venture of Morgan Sindall, VINCI Construction Grands Projets and Bachy Soletanche, has completed the secondary lining of Thames Water’s 7km sewer tunnel.
VINCI-Bouygues JV bags USD 300M Cairo metro job
05 June, 2015
EGYPT - A joint venture led by VINCI Construction Grands Projets alongside Bouygues Travaux Publics, a subsidiary of Bouygues Construction, has won a USD 300M contract to build the extension of Line 3 of Cairo metro system.
Murphy appoints regional operations director
27 February, 2015
GREAT BRITAIN – Contractor J Murphy & Sons has appointed Peter Walsh as operations director for the ‘London and South’ region. Walsh will be responsible for the civil engineering business, including rail, tunnelling and piling.
Greek Young Members emerge with Athens Career Day
01 December, 2014
GREECE - The first activity of the Young Members Group of the Greek Tunnelling Society (YMG-GTS) enjoyed an enthusiastic industry reception. The ‘Career Day for Tunnel and Geotechnical Professionals’ was held on 28 September during the 2nd Eastern European Tunnelling Conference in Athens, Greece and its attendance of 80 professionals exceeded expectations.
Crossrail unworried by crane operator strikes
29 October, 2014
GREAT BRITAIN - Crossrail does not expect operator strikes against crane hire company HTC will cause any delays to construction, due to limited presence by that company on Crossrail sites. Construction union UCATT said in contrast: “Sites that are set to be affected by the industrial action includes: Crossrail, the London Bridge redevelopment, Nova Square Victoria, Elephant and Castle redevelopment and the Atomic Weapons Establishment at Aldermarston.”
Final breakthrough of Swedish tunnel achieved
07 October, 2014
SWEDEN - The final breakthrough of tunnelling work at the Hallandsås Tunnel, Sweden, has been achieved. The project used a Herrenknecht TBM to cut through the last meters of rock to the target shaft after eight years of tunnelling.
Scottish water contract awarded
07 October, 2014
SCOTLAND - Costain and Vinci Construction have been awarded a GBP 86M (USD 138M) contract by Scottish Water to construct the Shieldhall Tunnel in Glasgow, Costain announced yesterday.
Breakthrough on East End Crossing
12 September, 2014
USA - Work on the East End Crossing project in Kentucky achieved a significant milestone on September 5, completing the breakthrough of the southbound tunnel beneath the historic Drumanard property.
New metro line inaugurated
21 May, 2014
Cairo inaugurated the second phase of metro Line 3 on 7 May when Egypt's president Adly Mansour, prime minister Ibrahim Mahlib and transport minister Ibrahim El Demeiri officially opened the 7.7km eastern section between Abbasiya and Haroun El Rachid station in the district of Heliopolis.
Smooth as silk
26 March, 2014
The Croix Rousse Tunnel rehabilitation and expansion project in Lyon, France had a number of technical considerations to overcome. This article is drawn from material provided by Vinci
Fifteen Herrenknecht TBMs for Doha Phase One
27 February, 2014
A delegation of Qatar Rail representatives visited Schwanau, Germany on Monday. The visit to the Herrenknecht factories was to inspect the first of the 15 TBMs being manufactured the German machinery giant for the Doha Metro project.
Extreme Immersion Design
04 December, 2013
The Second Coen Tunnel must survive severe loadings during the usage phase: 16m of water in the middle of the North Sea Canal and 8m of soil at the banks. The determining design scenarios were the sea transport of two days and possible impact by a sunken ship. This article goes into the general immersed tube principle and the construction and transport phases. The usage phase will be covered in the next article, to be published in an upcoming issue of Tunnels