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12 December, 2013
Almost four years ago Congress passed the Affordable Care Act (ACA) dubbed "Obamacare" by detractors. As this new year begins most aspects of the ACA that haven't already started are now effective-such as the health care exchanges for people buying their own plans, and making it illegal for insurers to deny coverage based on preexisting conditions.
Canada’s project of the year
12 December, 2013
As tunnels went to press the Tunnelling Association of Canada's annual awards were in full swing. The award for best Canadian tunnelling project for 2013 went to a project that had to endure some of the toughest ground conditions, consistently varying, and continually testing the skills and knowledge of the teams involved.
04 December, 2013
"Due to a lapse in funding, the US Federal Government has shut down.”
10 October, 2013
Tunnellers are coming to London this autumn. The excitement of major tunnel projects in the city has caught the attention of conference organisers and the speculation of further major projects in and around London is making the rest of the world take note.
25 September, 2013
Arecent Article in the Wall Street Journal extolled the brilliance of the international tunnelling community -a fantastic PR opportunity of which most businesses and industries could only dream.
Getting the graduates
25 September, 2013
The summer is exam results season. Universities and colleges compete for the best students. Faculties have a last ditch attempt to persuade prospective students to sign up to their courses. The decision the students make is an important one, the qualifications will be the overriding factor in getting their first job. Choosing the right course is analogous with choosing the right career.
23 August, 2013
IN A darkened room beneath the massive Herrenknecht manufacturing plant in Schwanau, Germany, a man squats and stands, bends and twists in front of a large screen. As he leans, the 3D graphic of a TBM on the wall in front of him distorts and warps to the eyes of everyone else in the room.
Two faces of disclosure
18 July, 2013
Last month Edward Snowden, a former low-level NSA technician revealed to the world what it already knew: that the shadowy arm of the world’s most powerful government is keeping tabs on its citizens.
Face the facts
05 June, 2013
As this issue of Tunnels North America goes to print, three significant events took place in the US within days of each other. Two brothers set off bombs at the Boston Marathon, a fertiliser plant exploded in Texas and the Federal Aviation Administration furloughed air traffic controllers as part of the government-wide sequester, the current buzzword for USD 85bn spending cuts.
Down and out: caterpillar tunneling
04 June, 2013
There is no escaping the big story this month. The company that was going to change the way we buy TBMs and ultimately the way we design tunnels has abandoned the industry. Caterpillar last month announced the closure of it's Toronto-based TBM manufacturing business Caterpillar Tunnelling Coporation Canada (CTCC) and exited the TBM market.
09 May, 2013
ONE OF Britain’s most formidable political gures of the last century died last month. Margaret Thatcher’s legacy to the British tunnelling industry is sure to divide opinion in the same way her entire political career has.
An open letter to the U.S. Congress
05 April, 2013
Dear elected officials, or the interns who open their mail, while I have no direct affiliation with the organisers, I’m going to go out on a limb, here, and invite you to RETC, the Rapid Excavation Technology Conference, which is being held in your neighbourhood this June. I’m sure they won’t mind.
A cost of price
06 March, 2013
The UK has been hit by a supply chain scandal in the past month that seems unrivalled in recent years. One of the most regulated industries has spectacularly failed. British and European consumers have been eating horsemeat disguised as beef. This scandal offers a warning on price driven markets. The introduction of horsemeat into beef products has affected the lowest price readymade meals. Opportunists in the supply chain delivered cheap ‘beef’ to undercut competition.
Rock Me Amadeus
28 February, 2013
NATM is a frequently misunderstood approach to tunnelling. Its de¬ nition, its use and its advantages are often the subject of debate. In this issue of Tunnels, Austrian Society for Geomechanics (OeGG) president Wulf Schubert attempts to tackle the issue.
Show, don't tell
19 February, 2013
The National Center for Education Statistics recently released results for US students on the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS), a program testing maths and science every couple years at grades four and eight over the past decade and a half.
150 years of the London underground
17 January, 2013
Railway construction in Great Britain began in the early 19th Century. A network of lines crisscrossed over the country and six terminals were built on the outskirts of London’s city centre. Permission to build a central terminal was refused and just one terminal, Fenchurch Street, serving the counties east of London, was ever built within the city limits.
Over The Hill
08 January, 2013
This October marked the 40th anniversary of the Clean Water Act, legislation enacted to regulate the discharge of pollutants into the waters in the US and establish water quality standards. It made it unlawful to discharge any pollutant into navigable waters without a permit. As a nation we’re much better off, with cleaner lakes, rivers and other waters, as an industry, underground construction has fared well, too. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) roughly 772 cities across the US have combined sewer systems and therefore combined sewer overflows (CSOs), and are expected to clean up their act.