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July 2019

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Take initiative
08 July 2019 Lindsey Gauthier, research assistant, and Lana Gutwin, research coordinator, both of CETT, outline the work and research of the consortium, which is part of the University of Alberta

Waterview tunnel
08 July 2019 Tommy Parker, NZ Transport Agency and Iain Simmons, Well-Connected Alliance gave a presentation on the Waterview Connections project. Paul Perry of Hewson Consulting Engineers reports

A digital twin
08 July 2019 Digitalisation offers a variety of new possibilities. One of them is the modelling of infrastructure with Building Information Modelling (BIM). Digital technology is a core element for the simplification of processes and for automation. This also applies to already-built infrastructure, as the RetroBIM project launched by Amberg demonstrates. Pedro Luis Iserte Llacer, head of BIM at Amberg and Roger Schaad, marketing specialist at Amberg discuss the project

Spanning the far east
08 July 2019 Paola De Pascali interviewed several key figures at Normet, which is enjoying bumper growth thanks to the health of underground construction

June 2019

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Horizontal Directional Drilling (HDD)
07 June 2019 Includes: Q&A with Ali Asadi (M.Eng Candidate from Concordia University’s Department of Building, Civil and Environmental Engineering)

Conditions of contract
06 June 2019 Alex Conacher reports on the Emerald Book, published at WTC 2019

A step forward for fresh air
06 June 2019 Fathi Tarada, managing director of Mosen Ltd, reviews a new emissions guidance report issued by the World Road Association

Restoration
06 June 2019 Matthew Hubel, Schemmer Associates, discusses restoration for the City of Omaha’s Missouri River Water Resource Recovery Facility

In the clear
06 June 2019 Tunnelling below St. Louis will improve wastewater capacity and alleviate overflows, Desiree Willis, technical writer for Robbins, reports

Navigating live tunnel connections
06 June 2019 Connecting the Des Plaines Tunnel System to the McCook Reservoir is one of the latest – and more challenging – components of TARP. Report by Cary Hirner and Faruk Oksuz of Black & Veatch, and Carmen Scalise of the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago

Subsurface storage system
06 June 2019 Underground construction in Montreal is helping the city meet increasing transit system demand. Jean Habimana, Hatch, discusses the Garage Cote Vertu project

Salt of the earth
04 June 2019 A regular topic on the UK news is the management of roads in wintertime. This usually relates to the delivery of ‘grit’ to local authorities. But where does this ‘grit’ come from and how is it managed such that there is enough to cope with demand? At the BTS/Minsouth meeting in February, the VP of operations for Compass Minerals, Gordon Dunn, delivered a talk on the salt extraction operations at Winsford Mine in Cheshire, report by Andrew Hindmarch

Under the Northern lights
04 June 2019 Paola De Pascali spoke with David Fossati, Nordnes project manager to explore the logistical challenges of the K01 E6 Indre Nordnes-Skardalen road project

Under the sea
04 June 2019 Paola De Pascali spoke with Henrik Christensen, Femern technical director to explore logistics and dredging challenges behind the Fehmarnbelt tunnel

The grand Renaissance
04 June 2019 The tunnelling sector is booming in France after some dark years. Paola De Pascali met Michel Deffayet, the chair of the French Tunnelling Society (AFTES)

Water and Tunnelling
04 June 2019 David Hartwell, groundwater management consultant details lessons from 40 years of solving water problems, or as he puts it: ‘what happens when the water comes over your boots’

May 2019

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Ear to the ground
07 May 2019 Arne Berndt, owner of SoundPlan International assesses options for reducing noise in tunnelling operations

Triumph in Turkey
07 May 2019 Desiree Willis, technical writer for TBM manufacturer Robbins, discusses work on the Gerede Water Transmission Tunnel in Turkey.

Deepest and Longest
07 May 2019 Yves Boissonnas, head of tunnelling at Sika Europe Management, the guest speaker at the January BTS lecture, provided a presentation on the Gotthard Base Tunnel

Basque Y
06 May 2019 Paola De Pascali looks at the Basque Y network in Spain that is set to reduce travel times between the regional capitals and to connect Spanish and European high speed networks.