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Paola De Pascali talked with Lombardi Ingegneria technical director, Alessandro Damiani and CMC project manager Lorenzo Fiorentino about the challenges met during excavation of the Metro Line 1 extension in Turin, Italy
To the next century
Alex Conacher visits the Elan Valley Aqueduct project in Wales, where tunnellers are constructing three bypass sections adjacent to the existing Victorian asset
Trenchless methods: Which one works best for your project?
Trenchless methods are ways to install, repair, and renew underground pipes, ducts, and cables with minimal or no excavations from the surface.
Peter Tiedemann, Datwyler’s product manager, tunnel and tracks – Americas, discusses requirements for custom gasket corners in segmental tunnel construction. The solution is being used on the Blacksnake Creek project in Missouri
Tunnelling begins this year for the City of Louisville. Nicole Robinson reports on the Waterway Protection Tunnel
Tunnel construction impacts on utility pipelines
The lecture was presented at the Institution of Civil Engineers on 19th January 2017. Dr. Barry New was introduced by Lord Robert Mair. This paper is based on the lecture and contains further supporting material and analyses.
A peach of a pit
Overcoming obstacles and transforming an enormous quarry for Atlanta’s Water Supply Program
Recognising the bentonite machine
Paola De Pascali visited John Bartlett following his being awarded the Frank Whittle Medal for the invention of the bentonite tunnelling machine
The successful logistics of staging four TBMs from one location has enabled the first pair of machines to make a breakthrough near Oslo, ahead of schedule. Nicole Robinson reports on the Follo Line’s first major milestone
Paola De Pascali attended the “Power Change Days” event in Sweden, organised by Epiroc, to discover one company’s approach to the coming battery revolution
Paola De Pascali talked with the technical director of Lombardi, Alessandro Damiani and Pierfrancesco Redaelli engineer of PAC, about the challenges met during the excavation of a water diversion tunnel in Genoa
Tube banks on overhead crane
A major upgrade to one of the world’s oldest deep underground railways, at Bank in London, relies on a single overhead crane nestled in a side street. Positioning the crane, and the logistics of its operation, posed a considerable challenge. Will North reports from the site, and sees how the crane contributes to work below ground.
Sequential excavation method tunnelling
Sequential excavation method (sem) is a type of tunnel design and construction that started to gain popularity in the 1960s and 1970s. The essential component of the SEM approach is to take advantage of the natural capacity and strength of surrounding geology to support the tunnel with minimum cost and time required.
T&T’s guide to UCT and highlights from the technical sessions
TAC Awards 2018
From rising stars to nationally acclaimed projects, the Tunnelling Association of Canada (TAC) presents its annual awards each fall to recognize the deserving individuals and engineering accomplishments in the Canadian tunnelling sector. The 2018 awards were presented on November 8 in Edmonton.
Time to travel
Bauma, the largest trade fair in the world, opens its doors in April 2019 in Germany. This year it will feature Canada as the partner country. Event organizers Messe Munchen and VDMA invite readers to attend the show
Federal, state and other agencies are working to bring super conducting maglev technology to the United States with an initial rail line between D.C. and Baltimore. Nicole Robinson looks at what the projects entails and what the tunnelling industry can expect
Fixings in Tunnels: Safety and maintenance considerations
Panos Spyridis of the Technical University of Dortmund explores the best practice surrounding fixings anchored to concrete tunnel
Critics cite delays and cost overruns when new infrastructure is being considered and at the root of this is often construction impeded by issues with utilities. A new emphasis on underground utility engineering looks for ways to better cope with the urban subsurface, Nicole Robinson reports
West Gate Tunnel
Paola De Pascali talked with Shane D’Rozario, technical director from West Gate Tunnel Authority, and Andrew Shepherd, tunnel zone manager from CPBJH joint venture, about the main challenges they expect to meet during the construction of the West Gate Tunnel