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Heritage brand A buoyed tunnelling industry and a number of domestic political gestures are restoring confidence in uK manufacturing. Davy Markham is one brand looking to increase its showing in the tunnelling industry. Alex Conacher reports
Underground knuckle booms One crane manufacturer has developed a crane it thinks would be ideal for underground applications and invites tunnellers to confirm
Troubled waters The Tideway Tunnel, a major new sewer that will help tackle the problem of overfl ows from the capital's Victorian sewers, has caused controversy since its initial proposal. Rhian Owen looks at the lengthy site selection process that was undertaken and the scope of work that lies ahead to bring this project to completion.
Exclusion zone management guide A reproduction of the recent Crossrail best practice guide for the management of SCL exclusion zones.
A perfect storm The UK pipe jacking industry is in a sharp, albeit brief slump. Several factors have come together to make what was supposed to be an end to the rollercoaster of water work, into a complete halt in activity. Alex Conacher reports.
Filder tunnel Progress is good so far on the Filder, biggest of the Stuttgart 21 rail project tunnels in southern Germany.
Fit for purpose An expanded concrete lining was suffering in void-filled, desiccated Lambeth Group geology, before London Underground intervention to re-line the operational tunnel with SGI saved the day. Alex Conacher speaks to LU’s lead tunnel engineer and CDM designer/coordinator Neel Goorvadoo.
Norway’s TBM Renaissance High atop the mountains in northern Norway, a tunneling project harkens back to the days of mechanised tunneling in Scandinavia. The crew onsite battles winter temperatures plummeting to -32oC and works to maintain spares and other supplies at the remote jobsite less than 100km from the Arctic Circle. Robbins technical writer Desiree Willis reports.
Subsea Selection Construction of the Ryfast subsea road tunnel is underway, and Norway plans more strait crossings. Report by Patrick Reynolds.
River Wild The Polish government has announced plans to finance the drilling of the twin 2.06km-long tunnel in the Mały Lubon massif and the twin 2.27km-long tunnel in the Wałbrzyskie mountains. The investments are to be part of Poland’s PLN 35.7bn (USD 11.07bn) road development plan for the years 2011 to 2015. Jaroslaw Adamowski reports on the latest boost to Polish tunneling.