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International Tunnelling Association Awards
02 December, 2015
INTERNATIONAL - The ITA awarded its inaugural Tunnelling Awards on November 19, in Hagerbach Switzerland.
TBM reaches Brandenburg Gate
03 November, 2015
GERMANY – The TBM mining the U5 extension in Berlin has reached its destination. The 6.67m Herrenknecht Mixshield TBM was launched from the Max Engels Forum in June 2013 and reached the Brandenburg Gate in October. The 1,620m-long parallel drives were constructed with overburden ranging from 5 to 17m, and passed underneath the River Spree, Spree Canal, and Schlossplatz.
Waterview Connection breakthrough
23 October, 2015
NEW ZEALAND – The TBM broke through on the second drive of Auckland’s Waterview Connection project last month. Billed by contractor McConnell Dowell as one of the largest TBMs ever used in the southern hemisphere, Alice, the 14.4m-diameter Herrenknecht EPBM completed its 2.4km-long journey.
IOM3 Hong Kong Branch conference on Underground Design and Construction draws international attendance
29 September, 2015
HONG KONG - On the 11th and 12th of September, over 350 Delegates converged on Hong Kong to partake in the second IOM3 Underground Construction Conference organised by the Hong Kong Branch (www.UDCC2015.com), the last one being held over 5 years ago.
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.
Barhale awarded Elan Valley contract
21 August, 2015
GREAT BRITAIN – Barhale has recently been awarded a multi-million pound contract by Severn Trent Water to deliver three tunnelling projects and one pipeline project on the Elan Valley Aqueduct.
Blue Plains tunnelling completed
27 July, 2015
USA - The TBM mining the 4.5-mile-long Blue Plains tunnel completed her dig earlier this month and on Thursday, July 23 her cutterhead was extracted from a 100ft-deep shaft near DC Water’s Main Pumping Station in Southeast Washington, DC Water announced yesterday.
Cutterhead arrives in Mexico for Guadalajara light rail
23 July, 2015
MEXICO - The TBM cutterhead for the tunnel on Guadalajara, Mexico’s, Light Rail Line 3 project arrived at the Port of Manzanillo, Colima, on July 18, announced light rail operator Siteur.
Alice takes a breather
27 February, 2015
NEW ZEALAND – The backup train of the Waterview Connection TBM was in the process of being turned to join up with the cutterhead and shield already working on its second bore path as Tunnels and Tunnelling went to press.
Eppenberg Tunnel contract awarded
11 February, 2015
SWITZERLAND Wayss & Freytag Ingenieurbau, Royal BAM Group's German tunnel specialist has bagged a deal in joint venture with Swiss contractor Marti to build the Eppenberg Tunnel in Switzerland.
DC Water launches second TBM
05 January, 2015
USA - The District of Columbia Water and Sewer Authority (DC Water) held a christening ceremony on December 12 for the Herrenknecht TBM that will mine 2.5 miles (4km) along the Potomac and under the Anacostia Rivers.