New News information at Tunnels & Tunnelling International New and updated information from News listed on en-us New News information at Tunnels & Tunnelling International Mouchel appoints new director GREAT BRITAIN – Mouchel has appointed Richard Crossley as its senior technical director for transport planning. Crossley joins from WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff where he led transportation planning services in the Middle East. Crossley brings with him over 40 years of experience within the transportation consultancy sector, including six years with the Department of Transport. Fri, 27 Nov 2015 12:01:47 GMT Islamic State tunnel network discovered IRAQ – The recently liberated city of Sinjar in northern Iraq has yielded a network of tunnels. Reportedly built by Islamic State militants, the longest of the 30 or 40 tunnels in the network run for “several hundreds of metres”. The tunnels were outfitted with sleeping quarters, electricity, sandbags, medicine and copies of the Koran. Tools for bomb making were also discovered. Fri, 27 Nov 2015 11:24:07 GMT NFM and Mu¨hlha¨user to collaborate FRANCE/SWITZERLAND – Manufacturers NFM and Mühlhäuser have signed an agreement to allow Mühlhäuser to work with European and selected international customers of the pair. Thu, 26 Nov 2015 12:03:57 GMT Harding Prize 2016 submissions invited GREAT BRITAIN - 2016 Harding Prize. Entries are now being accepted, with entry open to those aged 33 or younger on 1st January 2016. The entry is to consist of an original paper relating to any aspect of tunnelling which the entrant considers to be of interest to others in the tunnelling industry, with this submitted to the BTS Secretary by 31st January 2016. Fri, 20 Nov 2015 09:37:12 GMT Hatch Mott MacDonald to split up NORTH AMERICA - Hatch and Mott MacDonald have announced that the Hatch Mott MacDonald (HMM) joint venture will be separated into two distinct businesses. HMM’s Canada business will become part of Hatch while HMM’s US business will become part of Mott MacDonald. HMM’s Pipelines business, which operates in both Canada and the US, will also join Mott MacDonald. Fri, 20 Nov 2015 09:35:50 GMT Wojtasik succeeds O’Murchu as BTSYM chair GREAT BRITAIN – Mateusz Wojtasik has succeeded Eoin O’Murchu as chair of the British Tunnelling Society Young Members (BTSYM). The handover took place at the group’s AGM on 10 November at the Institution of Civil Engineers in London. Mon, 16 Nov 2015 10:27:37 GMT Akron breaks ground on OCIT project USA – The City of Akron began work on the Ohio Canal Interceptor Tunnel (OCIT) – the largest component of the city’s court-ordered Long Term Control Plan - with a groundbreaking ceremony on 6 November on the banks of the Little Cuyahoga River. Thu, 12 Nov 2015 06:35:17 GMT ITAYM leadership reflects on 2015 INTERNATIONAL – The past year has been successful, but not flawless start for the fledgling International Tunnelling Association Young Members (ITAYM). According to a spokesman, one challenge that surprised the group has been the continuing delay in some of the larger countries forming Young Member groups. Italy, Germany and Spain stand out among these as they have a long history and culture of tunnelling. Thu, 12 Nov 2015 06:33:42 GMT Walsh’s Archer Western leads Atlanta upgrade contract USA -The Metropolitan Atlanta Regional Transit Authority (MARTA) recently signed a USD 198.5M contract to overhaul and upgrade its tunnel ventilation system (TVS), it announced on November 10. Thu, 12 Nov 2015 04:21:42 GMT Seattle sees more milestones on LRT project USA - One of the TBMs bored through the wall of Sound Transit’s future U District light rail station on Friday, November 6, completing the third segment of the twin 3.5-mile (5.6km) tunnels that will serve light rail trains from Northgate Mall to the University of Washington starting in 2021. Tue, 10 Nov 2015 10:50:36 GMT