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Mill Creek Drainage Tunnel TBM unveiled 22 January, 2020
Texas – The City of Dallas unveiled the 11.6m-diameter hard rock machine that will bore the 8km-long Mill Creek Drainage Relief Tunnel. The machine, manufactured by Robbins, will change diameter at one point along the bore and continue at a diameter of 9.9m.
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DMRC HCC award
Wednesday, January 22, 2020 Delhi Metro Line 8 extension works contract awarded
Sydney Metro finishes city centre tunnels
Wednesday, January 22, 2020 Australia – Four out of five drives for the Sydney Metro’s ‘City and Southwest’ phase have been completed. The most recent breakthrough was into Barangaroo Station. These drives represent the entirety of the city centre tunnels, with only a second tube crossing the harbour still to be completed. As of 21 January, some 97% of tunnel excavation had been completed.
Single Delta tunnel to start environmental review
Friday, January 17, 2020 California-- Jeffrey Kightlinger, general manager of the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, announced January 15 the California Department of Water Resources issued a Notice of Preparation (NOP) initiating the environmental review process for a single-tunnel conveyance solution in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.
GHH adds to equipment range
Thursday, January 16, 2020 Germany – Mining and tunnelling machinery manufacturer GHH announced a major increase in its range. Some 18 machine types were announced in November 2019, due to an alliance with Titan.
Barbco announces new patent
Tuesday, January 14, 2020 Ohio – Barbco announced January 12 the co-owner and CEO Anthony Barbera was granted U.S. Patent #10465460 for the Barbco FlexBor tooling and technology on November 5, 2019.
Tunnelling starts under Toronto highways
Wednesday, January 08, 2020 Ontario – Metrolinx announced tunnel work has begun under highways 401 and 409 for its new train tunnel. Considered one of the busiest sections of highway in North America, according to Metrolinx, which released a video on December 16 showcasing the SEM construction below 21 live lanes of traffic.
Jennmar rebrands to Xcal Tools
Wednesday, January 08, 2020 Tony Calandra, group president of Frank Calandra Inc. and Calandra Group, LLC., announced January 6 Jennmar McSweeney's, Jennmar Sanshell, Cuda Tools Inc., and Jennmar Construction Tools will be re-branded and changing their names to Xcal Tools.
FIDIC endorses infrastructure transparency initiative
Monday, January 06, 2020 International – The International Federation of Consulting Engineers (FIDIC) stated that it will endorse the Infrastructure Transparency Initiative (CoST), a global initiative to ‘improve transparency and accountability in public infrastructure’.
Monark buys Epiroc’s handheld drilling business
Monday, January 06, 2020 Norway – A rock drilling tools manufacturer has bought Eprioc’s handheld drilling business and factory. The facility, based in Ockelbo, about 200km north of Stockholm, was part of Epiroc’s Rock Drilling Tools division. The approximately 40 employees who work at the facility will be offered to transfer to the new owner.
AMT-II TBM ordered
Monday, January 06, 2020 India – Patel Engineering has ordered a Terratec TBM for the AMT-II water transfer project in Maharashtra, western India. The project calls for a 3.2m hard rock gripper TBM to complete the two drives that form the 5.5km transfer tunnel.

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