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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.