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Vestfold upgrade work commences
17 October, 2019
Norway – Some 14km of new double-track railway is being constructed in eastern Norway for the upgrade of the Vestfold Line. The project calls for the construction of three single-bore tunnels, each with a cross-section of 123m3.

Hatta pumped storage project contract awarded
16 October, 2019
UAE – A Strabag-led consortium will design, build and commission the Hatta pumped storage project (PSP) in Dubai. Strabag, along with partners Andritz of Austria and Ozkar Insaat of Turkey will build the EUR 340M scheme for the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority.

Lane secures Seattle ship canal contract
15 October, 2019
Washington – Lane, part of the Salini Impregilo Group, announced October 9 it has won a USD 255M contract to build a water storage tunnel to help reduce polluted overflows into the Lake Washington Ship Canal in Washington.

Stakeholders reject working conditions as cause of Bond Street deaths
10 October, 2019
Great Britain – Two workers on Crossrail’s Bond Street project passed away in their sleep in the same week. Various media have reported that working conditions relating to air quality or stress were to blame, but this has been rejected by stakeholders. Reports of further investigation, or further details of the illness were not forthcoming from the contractor or client.

The Victorian Tunnelling Training Centre is under construction
10 October, 2019
Australia - The construction of the Victorian Tunnelling Training Centre (VTC) is set to start in Melbourne. The VTC will be located at Holmesglen Institute’s Drummond Street campus in Chadstone and will take the first students during Semester 1 over the next year.

Metro Vancouver committee recommends tunnel for Massey crossing
07 October, 2019
British Columbia – A committee of Metro Vancouver mayors made its recommendation on October 2 for an eight-lane, immersed tube tunnel for the Massey tunnel replacement. Two lanes would be reserved for transit.

Queen of Denmark opens the Cityringen metro line
03 October, 2019
Denmark - The 15.5km-long Copenhagen City Circle Line (M3) was inaugurated at the end of September.

Incimmet completes tough ventilation shaft
01 October, 2019
Colombia – Peruvian mining contractor Incimmet has excavated a 30m-deep, 4.1m-diameter ventilation shaft for the Buriticá mine development project. Ground conditions at the Buriticá complex largely consist of andesite-porphyry, diorites and monzodiorites with intrusive hydrothermal gaps within the volcanic and sedimentary sequences.

Humber estuary tunnel breaks through
01 October, 2019
Great Britain – The Humber tunnel has broken through. The drive was completed by a joint venture of Skanska, Porr and A. Hak is utilising a VMT-guided, 4.4m-diameter Herrenknecht machine.

Modular data centres displayed underground
01 October, 2019
Switzerland – A prototype modular data centre was presented at the Hagerbach Test Gallery in September 2019. The project was led by Swiss Center of Applied Underground Technologies (SCAUT) and aims to use underground space server storage.

Liebherr heavyweights work in tandem on TBM lift
01 October, 2019
Germany – Two Liebherr crawler cranes, an LR 11350 and an LR 11000, worked in tandem to load a TBM onto a barge at the Rhine port of Kehl in Baden-Württemberg, Germany.

Varberg Tunnel contract awarded
01 October, 2019
Sweden – Implenia has been awarded the design and construct contract for the twin-track rail link between Varberg and Hamra. The project notably includes tunnelled work between the city of Varberg.

Narragansett Bay Commission secures federal funds for 2-mile tunnel
26 September, 2019
Rhode Island – The Environmental Protection Agency announced September 20 its nearly USD 270M water infrastructure loan to the Narragansett Bay Commission (NBC).

Tunnelling milestone made on Ottawa CSST
26 September, 2019
Ontario – The TBM excavating two tunnels for Ottawa’s Combined Sewage Storage Tunnel (CSST) project has completed its 4km- east-west journey.

Hinkley Point C reaches another key milestone
25 September, 2019
Great Britain – Tunnelling works have started at the Hinkley Point C project, UK’s first new nuclear power station in a generation. Almost 38,000 concrete segments are being installed to support the three underground marine tunnels at up to 33m below the seabed of the Bristol Channel.

Engineering Day to fight misconceptions about the profession
20 September, 2019
Great Britain – The Royal Academy of Engineering will launch its “This is Engineering” day on 6 November 2019 as part of Tomorrow’s Engineers Week, in an effort to raise awareness of what an engineer is.

Brunel Museum hosts summer reception
19 September, 2019
Great Britain – The Brunel Museum in London has celebrated the acquisition and housing of a series of hand drawings of the world’s first TBM and associated works for the Thames Tunnel. Described as “the most beautiful Brunel collection ever to enter the public domain” the illustrations were purchased by the museum at auction last year.

Ground Characterisation and Structural Analyses for Tunnel Design
19 September, 2019
Spain – The long-awaited English version of the ground characterisation book by Benjamin Celada and Professor Bieniawski has been published. The original Spanish version was released several years ago.

Epiroc launches pumpable resin system for rock bolting
19 September, 2019
International – Eprioc announced last month that it had launched an integrated pumpable two-component resin system that can be used with a self-drilling anchor (SDA) style bolt in tougher ground conditions or alternately with a two-step hollow bolt in more moderate ground conditions.

Sprayed Concrete Lined Tunnels – second edition
12 September, 2019
International – The second edition of Sprayed Concrete Lined Tunnels was published last week. The book was written by Alun Thomas of All2Plan Consulting and is an update to his 2008 version.