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Dick Robbins 1933-2019 26 June, 2019
USA - The Robbins Company has sadly announced the passing of Richard James Robbins, president and CEO from 1958 to 1993. Dick passed away surrounded by family on Thursday May 30, 2019 in Seattle, Washington, USA. He is survived by his wife Bonnie, son Jim and daughter Jennifer.
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Site C breaks through
Wednesday, June 26, 2019 Canada – BC Hydro announced June 24 it has reached a major milestone on the Site C project with a breakthrough on the excavations of the first of two diversion tunnels on June 22.
Environmental assessment released for Alexandria sewer tunnel
Wednesday, June 26, 2019 USA – Alexandria, Virginia, announced its preferred alignment for a deep tunnel sewer, excavated by TBM, on June 19, releasing an environmental assessment for comment through July 19.
Metro unveils Purple Line phase 2 TBMs
Friday, June 21, 2019 US - The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) joined elected officials and community members in Century City for a ceremonial naming and unveiling of its second set of TBMs that will dig twin subway tunnels between Beverly Hills and Century City, on Monday. Subway tunnelling is expected to begin in early 2020.
Brokk appoints business development manager
Friday, June 21, 2019 US - Brokk announced June 19 it has appointed Jeff Keeling as its first business development manager. Keeling transitioned from the role of Brokk’s midwestern regional sales manager to the new position earlier this year.
Final breakthrough at Emisor Oriente
Wednesday, June 12, 2019 Mexico – The final breakthrough was celebrated at Lot 4 of Mexico City’s Túnel Emisor Oriente (TEO) in May after marking the completion of ten years and 62.1km of tunnelling. The contractor, Carso Infraestructura y Construcción (CARSO) completed the drive with the last of six 8.93m diameter Robbins EPBs.
VSM record depth at York Potash
Wednesday, June 12, 2019 Great Britain – The Herrenknecht vertical shaft sinking machine has finished its work at Woodsmith Mine, excavating the access shaft for Sirius Minerals transport system to 115m and setting a new VSM world record in the process. The previous record was 84m. The shaft will now be excavated using traditional techniques to the full 360m depth.
LA Purple Line celebrates halfway milestone
Thursday, June 06, 2019 US – Los Angeles' Purple Line Extension project celebrated a major milestone on June 2—the halfway completion mark for construction on Section 1, the first four-mile subway section between Koreatown and Beverly Hills, Stantec announced on June 4.
Cranes supplier details improved lifting plan for Sydney Metro
Thursday, June 06, 2019 Australia – Marr Contracting supplied two tower cranes to the Sydney Metro. The tower cranes were an update to an earlier plan, which anticipated the use of crawlers. However, site congestion made this untenable.
Breakthrough on Blacklick
Monday, June 03, 2019 US – The first microtunnel drive on the Blacklick Creek Trunk Sewer in Albany, Ohio, made a breakthrough, Aldea Services announced yesterday. It is serving as the construction management team and trenchless design engineers.
Transport for London names preferred Silvertown Tunnel bidder
Thursday, May 30, 2019 Great Britain – The Riverlinx consortium is set to build the Silvertown Tunnel. The group comprises Aberdeen Standard Investments, BAM PPP PGGM, Cintra, Macquarie Capital and SK Engineering & Construction.

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