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Give the devil his due
21 August, 2017
Tunnelling unnerves a lot of people. Whether it’s something about the thought of a large hole being dug beneath the foundations of their property, the disruption of a few years of construction work, or the general idea of infrastructure being driven through a pleasant environment, it worries people. Especially environmental pressure groups.
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Magic Numbers
Monday, July 17, 2017 It is a completely arbitrary number, pleasing only because it plays into a base 10 counting system, but compound growth of 7% results in a doubling time of 10 years. That’s what the growth of the tunnelling industry currently stands at according to the International Tunnelling Association (ITA), 7% per year which is expected to continue for the near future. Or at least the next five to 10 years.
Everything in moderation
Wednesday, July 05, 2017
National institution
Monday, July 03, 2017 In the UK the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) has been running a tunnelling exhibition. It follows on the heels of an exhibition for bridges, which was rumoured to have attracted 15,000 visitors. The challenge given to the engineers of the British Tunnelling Society by the institution was to promote the event enough to beat this goal by the time the exhibit closes in November.
All the way up, all the way down
Friday, May 05, 2017 More rumblings from California as a SpaceX employee has posted a photo of Elon Musk’s newly acquired TBM to Instagram – before swiftly removing it. Before moving on, a quick glossary: SpaceX is the packleader of several companies that are vying to commercialise and reduce the cost of space travel; Elon Musk is its eccentric South African billionaire owner and Instagram is a social media platform for photographs that boasts 700 million users.
Approaching the age gap
Tuesday, April 18, 2017 Two-thirds of job openings for engineers in Canada are related to retirement replacement, according to a report released by the association Engineers Canada.
Confidence in conferences
Monday, April 17, 2017 Parallel technical sessions seem to irritate conference goers, with particularly awkward setups being remembered and discussed for years after the event.
Calling drifter
Wednesday, March 29, 2017 In this issue we have a comment article written by Martin Knights, a past president of the International Tunnelling Association calling on engineers to “value their signature” and think about what they are putting their names to when they sign off on something. It starts on page 18 and is well worth a read.
Peak Demand
Thursday, February 16, 2017 The fourth and final unity of the Ingula Pumped Storage Scheme recently went into commercial operation. Most readers will be aware of the need for schemes of this type, but it is interesting to sit down and think about the sheer importance of the end-use of what tunnel engineers are building.
Who gets to work
Wednesday, January 25, 2017 Voters in the US, particularly rural, uneducated voters, have said their support for president elect Donald Trump comes not from a place of hate, misogyny, homophobia, Islamophobia, racism, nor a disdain of liberal elitism. Their support is for his plan to bring manufacturing back to US soil, to create more jobs through lifting moratoriums on pipelines and natural resource extraction projects, and by building infrastructure—be it roads, wastewater or the notorious wall with Mexico.
Stonehenge sold short?
Monday, January 09, 2017 The Stonehenge Tunnel has reared its head once again. New plans have been green-lit by the government and it appears the shorter tunnel option, a 2.9km bore, is the favourite.

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