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TBM Completes third bore for Chennai metro project 15 November, 2017
India - On October 31 a 6.65m diameter Robbins EPBM broke through at Chennai Metro, making this the third tunnel the machine has bored for the project and for contractor Afcons Infrastructure Ltd.
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Crossrail completes UK’s largest archaeology programme
Friday, November 10, 2017 Great Britain - Crossrail has released books on the extensive archaeological digs and studies undertaken throughout the project. The history of London is represented in these books, from the stone tools that are all that remain of the Mesolithic peoples, through to the skeletons of executed Romans and in to the mass graves of the Great Plague, the studies have been truly comprehensive.
New VIP gasket corner joint
Thursday, November 09, 2017 Great Britain - VIP Polymers has been awarded a UK patent for a cast-in rubber gasket corner joint designed to reduce the risk of tunnel segment cracking during installation.
Atlas Copco targets zero emissions
Thursday, November 09, 2017 Sweden - Equipment manufacturer Atlas Copco has announced that its development activities will be focused on zero-emission and battery-driven machinery. In a statement it spoke of immediate plans to expand its current portfolio of electric mining equipment including loaders, drill rigs and mine trucks.
Kryton International buys Cementec
Monday, November 06, 2017 Canada - Vancouver-based Kryton International, manufacturer of crystalline concrete waterproofing, announced its acquisition of Calgary-based Cementec Industries, a concrete additive company for the construction, oil and gas industries.
Herrenknecht to employ refugees
Wednesday, November 01, 2017 Germany - Herrenknecht has taken in its annual set of apprentices. Among the 56 this year and, the Germany TBM manufacturer has hired five refugees for the first time. The new hires are training for occupations such as mechatronics engineers, industrial, structural and machining mechanics, electronics engineers, industrial business administrators, specialists for metal technology, technical product designers or IT specialists.
Toronto Tunnel Partners selected for Highway 401 project
Wednesday, November 01, 2017 Canada - EllisDon Civil announced October 23 that Toronto Tunnel Partners (TTP) has been selected as the preferred proponent to design, build, and finance the development of an upgraded rail tunnel project by Infrastructure Ontario (IO) and Metrolinx. TTP is an equal partnership joint venture between EllisDon Civil and STRABAG Inc. and was selected following an extensive procurement process which began in September of 2016.
Shieldhall breakthrough
Wednesday, October 25, 2017 Great Britain - The TBM has broken through on the Shieldhall project. At GBP 100M, Scotland’s largest wastewater tunnel has taken 15 months to excavate.
California’s largest water agency endorses Delta tunnels
Thursday, October 19, 2017 USA – The Metropolitan Water District (MWD) of Southern California’s board officially endorsed the California Water Fix project, previously called the Delta Tunnels, and approved its USD 4.3bn share of the project on October 10.
Golder to buy Alan Auld Group
Friday, October 13, 2017 Canada - Golder announced October 12 that it has entered into a definitive agreement to purchase the assets and ongoing operations of the Alan Auld Group of Companies.
Murphy’s new CEO
Wednesday, October 11, 2017 Great Britain - J. Murphy & Sons Limited has appointed John Murphy as its new CEO. Murphy was the company’s current chief operating officer as Tunnels and Tunnelling went to print, responsible for leading the group’s operations in the UK and abroad. CEO Steve Hollingshead will step down at the end of the year (December 2017) and take up a role as non-executive director on the company’s board.

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