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High Speed 2 future in question as government orders review
22 August, 2019
Great Britain – The Prime Minister has announced a review into “whether and how we proceed” with High Speed 2 (HS2). The review has been announced ahead of the ‘Notice to Proceed’ decision for Phase 1, which is due by the end of 2019. The review should be complete in autumn 2019.

Sydney Metro CBD breakthrough
21 August, 2019
Australia – The first TBM has broken through into the Pitt Street metro station in Sydney’s central business district (CBD). TBM ‘Nancy’, a double shield hard rock gripper machine manufactured by Herrenknecht has tunnelled 6km through sandstone and shale since launching from Marrickville in October. TBM ‘Mum Shirl’, excavating the parallel tunnel, is a few hundred metres behind.

Crossrail issues three-month progress update
20 August, 2019
Great Britain – Crossrail has released a progress update covering the last three months. The client has committed to regular updates, following heavy criticism for budget and schedule overruns.

NYC DEP celebrates breakthrough on Delaware Bypass project
19 August, 2019
New York – New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) commissioner Vincent Sapienza and crews celebrated the TBM breakthrough at shaft 6B on the Delaware Aqueduct Bypass tunnel project.

Second Terratec TBM delivered to Rio Subterraneo a Lomas
14 August, 2019
Argentina – The second of two new 4.66m diameter Terratec EPBMs has been delivered for a 13.5km potable water tunnel system, in Buenos Aires. Factory acceptance for the TBM, which was manufactured for the Río Subterráneo a Lomas tunnel, took place in July.

Montgomery Tunnel ventilation upgrades double thrust
14 August, 2019
Belgium – MoJet outlet silencers have doubled the in-tunnel thrust of the jet fans at the Montgomery Tunnel in Brussels.

Sika macro fibre obtains service report for use in concrete
14 August, 2019
International – Sika announced this month that its SikaFiber Enduro Prime had obtained an International Code Council (ICC) Evaluation Services Report for Acceptance Criteria (AC) 383.

Suffolk County TBM unveiled
13 August, 2019
New York – Suffolk County celebrated the TBM for its outfall replacement project on August 7.

Registration Open for DFI Shotcrete Short Course
05 August, 2019
US – The Deep Foundations Institute (DFI) announced July 29 registration is open for the DFI Shotcrete Short Course on September 9-11, 2019, at the historic Argo Mill in Idaho Springs, Colorado.

HNTB appoints Murali Hariharan senior tunnel engineer
05 August, 2019
California – Murali Hariharan has been appointed senior tunnel engineer for the national tunnel practice of HNTB Corporation; the company announced July 30. He continues working on the Crenshaw/LAX Transit Corridor Project in Los Angeles as lead engineer for construction support services and has undertaken geotechnical tasks on XpressWest High Speed Rail project from Victorville, California, to Las Vegas, Nevada, being provided at an accelerated schedule. He is based in HNTB’s downtown Los Angeles office.

Cooper & Turner announces Beck Industries deal
05 August, 2019
England/France - Andaray Limited and its direct and indirect subsidiaries, Cooper & Turner, announced August 1 it has acquired Beck Industries, a manufacturer and distributor of bolting components.

Liebherr launches slurry wall cutter
31 July, 2019
Austria – Liebherr’s deep foundations division released a slurry wall cutter to market at Bauma 2019. Liebherr expects that it will generally be equipped to a 130t duty cycle crawler crane (the company’s own is the HS8130.1), although other capacities are feasible, depending on the size and depth of the slurry wall.

Link Alliance awarded City Rail Link TBM tunnels contract
31 July, 2019
New Zealand – The Auckland City Rail Link main design construction contract (C3) was awarded in July. The NZD 1.7bn (USD 1.12bn) tender was scooped by the Link Alliance, a joint venture of Vinci Construction Grands Projets, Downer NZm Soletanche Bachy, WSP Opus, Aecom and Tonkin & Taylor.

AI targeted to assist project management
31 July, 2019
International – A group of consultants have banded together in the hopes of using AI to prevent cost overruns on major projects. The companies, Mott MacDonald, Endeavour Programme and WT Partnership have formed what they call a ‘global technology alliance’ to achieve this. WT is a cost management consultancy and Endeavour is an Australian technology firm.

TBM transport and lifting contract awarded for Westerly Storage tunnel
23 July, 2019
Ohio – PSC Crane and Rigging has been awarded a contract for the transporting and lifting of a TBM for the Westerly Storage Tunnel 3 project in Cleveland. Jay Dee Contractors is PSC’s customer and the primary lifting portion of the job is (tentatively) scheduled for 26 August.

DFI publishes helical pile foundation design guide
23 July, 2019
New Jersey – DFI announced July 22 the first edition of the new Helical Pile Foundation Design Guide. The guide was produced by the DFI Helical Piles and Tiebacks Committee under the leadership of Gary L. Seider, chair; Wayne Thompson, Design Guide Sub-Committee chair, editor; and Karen Dawson, contributor and editor.

John Burland to speak at TAC Alberta event
23 July, 2019
Canada – The Alberta Chapter of the Tunneling Association of Canada (TAC) and the Calgary Geotechnical Society are hosting a special lecture event on Monday, September 9, 2019. Select CGS chapters throughout Canada have invited Dr. John Burland to share his extensive experience through a lecture titled “A Tale of Two Towers – Big Ben and Pisa”.

Liebherr launches battery-powered drilling rig
22 July, 2019
Austria – The deep foundations division at Liebherr has launched a battery-powered drilling rig in 2019. The first unit is currently available for hire, but as Tunnels and Tunnelling goes to press, the rig is working on a site 1km from Liebherr’s factory in Nenzing.

Normet demonstrates underground emulsion charging by battery
22 July, 2019
Finland – Normet announced in June that it had performed emulsion charging via batteries in an underground environment. The company claims that the demonstration, which was performed with its Charmec MC 605 VE SD charging rig, was a first for Europe. Normet stated that Battery charging is safer and more efficient than using the electricity grid.

SVCW debuts gravity sewer TBM
22 July, 2019
California – Local officials celebrated a major project milestone of the Silicon Valley Clean Water (SVCW) USD 495M Regional Environmental Sewer Conveyance Upgrade (Rescu) Program by gaining a firsthand look at the 16ft- (5m-) diameter EPBM.