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High Speed 2 future in question as government orders review 22 August, 2019
Great Britain – The Prime Minister has announced a review into “whether and how we proceed” with High Speed 2 (HS2). The review has been announced ahead of the ‘Notice to Proceed’ decision for Phase 1, which is due by the end of 2019. The review should be complete in autumn 2019.
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Sydney Metro CBD breakthrough
Wednesday, August 21, 2019 Australia – The first TBM has broken through into the Pitt Street metro station in Sydney’s central business district (CBD). TBM ‘Nancy’, a double shield hard rock gripper machine manufactured by Herrenknecht has tunnelled 6km through sandstone and shale since launching from Marrickville in October. TBM ‘Mum Shirl’, excavating the parallel tunnel, is a few hundred metres behind.
Crossrail issues three-month progress update
Tuesday, August 20, 2019 Great Britain – Crossrail has released a progress update covering the last three months. The client has committed to regular updates, following heavy criticism for budget and schedule overruns.
NYC DEP celebrates breakthrough on Delaware Bypass project
Monday, August 19, 2019 New York – New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) commissioner Vincent Sapienza and crews celebrated the TBM breakthrough at shaft 6B on the Delaware Aqueduct Bypass tunnel project.
Second Terratec TBM delivered to Rio Subterraneo a Lomas
Wednesday, August 14, 2019 Argentina – The second of two new 4.66m diameter Terratec EPBMs has been delivered for a 13.5km potable water tunnel system, in Buenos Aires. Factory acceptance for the TBM, which was manufactured for the Río Subterráneo a Lomas tunnel, took place in July.
Montgomery Tunnel ventilation upgrades double thrust
Wednesday, August 14, 2019 Belgium – MoJet outlet silencers have doubled the in-tunnel thrust of the jet fans at the Montgomery Tunnel in Brussels.
Sika macro fibre obtains service report for use in concrete
Wednesday, August 14, 2019 International – Sika announced this month that its SikaFiber Enduro Prime had obtained an International Code Council (ICC) Evaluation Services Report for Acceptance Criteria (AC) 383.
Suffolk County TBM unveiled
Tuesday, August 13, 2019 New York – Suffolk County celebrated the TBM for its outfall replacement project on August 7.
Registration Open for DFI Shotcrete Short Course
Monday, August 05, 2019 US – The Deep Foundations Institute (DFI) announced July 29 registration is open for the DFI Shotcrete Short Course on September 9-11, 2019, at the historic Argo Mill in Idaho Springs, Colorado.
HNTB appoints Murali Hariharan senior tunnel engineer
Monday, August 05, 2019 California – Murali Hariharan has been appointed senior tunnel engineer for the national tunnel practice of HNTB Corporation; the company announced July 30. He continues working on the Crenshaw/LAX Transit Corridor Project in Los Angeles as lead engineer for construction support services and has undertaken geotechnical tasks on XpressWest High Speed Rail project from Victorville, California, to Las Vegas, Nevada, being provided at an accelerated schedule. He is based in HNTB’s downtown Los Angeles office.
Cooper & Turner announces Beck Industries deal
Monday, August 05, 2019 England/France - Andaray Limited and its direct and indirect subsidiaries, Cooper & Turner, announced August 1 it has acquired Beck Industries, a manufacturer and distributor of bolting components.

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