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Eastern expanse 29 October, 2015 Construction for metro projects, with events such as the World Cup on the horizon, is driving the demand for tunnelling Qatar. Other cities in the Middle East are also investing in infrastructure development, growing the market for tunnelling across the region. Keren Falwell reports. > read more

Chennai challenge 30 June, 2015 Can India’s coastal city get its subway on track to deal with ageing infrastructure and a rapidly expanding population Robbins technical writer Desiree Willis investigates.

Tale of two tunnels 26 February, 2014 Engineers from Ayesa take a look at the detailed design for construction of NATM tunnels on the Ovulavaripalle to Venkatachalam railway line in Andhra Pradesh, India.

Tread softly 26 February, 2014 In the wake of devastating floods in northern India last June, environmentalists have accused hydropower infrasturcture of causing a man-made disaster. Mahendra Bisaria, of Gammon Infrastructure, defends the use of hydropower by exploring the region’s geology and the development process for such projects.

India Inventory 26 February, 2014 Danny Richards, senior economist for the data and market analysis arm of Tunnels’ publisher, Timetric, presents this report forecasting the economic performance of India’s infrastructure construction industry forward to 2017, extrapolated from a focus period 2008-2012.

Fifty shades of brown 27 December, 2012 Slurry handling on Singapore’s Downtown Line Two contract 916 has been cited as an example of ‘slurry done right’. This paper by Gwyn Jones, deputy construction manager and tunnel manager for McConnell Dowell discusses the principles of managing slurry during tunnelling operation with particular reference to tunnelling in mixed face

Robust ground improvement 27 December, 2012 Innovations on Singapore’s Marina Coastal Expressway have enabled faster, more cost-effective construction while meeting the state’s famously tough safety requirements. Andrew Mylius, technical writer for Mott MacDonald, released this report

Opportunity rocks 27 December, 2012 Hong Kong develops into the main base of operations for the Asia Pacific, while Singapore strives to become to hottest destination for professionals, and both scrap for skilled labour. Alex Conacher speaks to three expats

High pressure sea crossing 18 October, 2012 A slurry TBM is cutting through the sands deep under Zhanjiang Bay, China, to provide a crucial water link to and island steelworks. A tight schedule and a 42m head of water are upping the pressure on the project. Tunnels editor Jon Young visits the site

Traditional shields 15 October, 2012 Japan-based Hitachi Zosen has been manufacturing TBMs since 1967. Yasuharu Hanaoka of the manufacturer’s industrial machinery business unit notes the decline in the open, semi mechanized shields that the company did brisk business within previous decades, as closed EPBMs and slurry machines have come to prominence. He explores the technology, and gives a recent example of a ‘traditional method’ shield in operation

Two worlds of tunnelling 03 July, 2012 The Middle East stays strong on tunnelling for its new dream cities, while a belt of hydropower projects buoys the African market. Alex Conacher reports

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