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Hungarian government issues decrees for new tunnels in Budapest 14 November, 2018
Hungary – Proposals for new underground infrastructure in Budapest have been accepted for more study according to documents released on November 10 by Magyar Közlöny (Hungarian Gazette), which documents the official text of any newly issued piece or amendment to Hungarian legislation.
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Osha announces crane operator final rule
Wednesday, November 14, 2018 USA – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (Osha) published a final rule November 7 that clarifies certification requirements for crane operators, and maintains the employer’s duty to ensure that crane operators can safely operate the equipment.
California votes to retain transportation fees designated for road repairs
Friday, November 09, 2018 US – The midterm elections saw California voters defeat ballot measure Proposition 6, which would repeal the 2017 transportation laws taxes and fees designated for road repairs and public transportation. The fiscal impact concerns ongoing revenues of USD 5.1bn from state fuel and vehicle taxes that mainly would have paid for highway and road maintenance and repairs, as well as transit programs.
PJA appoints Jim Kirby as chair
Thursday, November 08, 2018 Great Britain – Jim Kirby is the new chair of the Pipe Jacking Association (PJA). Appointed at the association’s AGM on 17 October, Kirby is the first consulting engineer in the 45-year history of the PJA to hold the position.
Aecon/Traylor to build Second Narrows Tunnel
Monday, November 05, 2018 Canada – Aecon Group announced November 1 that a joint venture between Aecon (40 per cent) and Traylor Bros Inc. (60 per cent) has been awarded a CAD 267M (USD 203M) contract by Metro Vancouver (Greater Vancouver Water District) for the Second Narrows Water Supply Tunnel project in British Columbia.
Twin tunnels supplement Singapore canal
Monday, November 05, 2018 Singapore – Herrenknecht recently released a report on the successful completion of a drainage tunnel in Singapore. The project, which broke through in December 2017, required the construction of 1,000m-long twin tunnels with an excavated diameter of 5,250mm.
Epiroc invests in mining business
Monday, November 05, 2018 US – Epiroc Drilling Solutions announced October 30 it has acquired part of ASI Mining, LLC, a U.S.-based company that provides technology solutions for the autonomous operation of mining vehicles.
UK prepares for fourth National Tunnelling Day
Monday, November 05, 2018 Great Britain – The National Tunnelling Day will take place once again this December. This year it will fall on Thursday 6 December, two days after Saint Barbara’s Day.
Agua Sur TBMs ready
Friday, November 02, 2018 Argentina – Two Terratec TBMs bound for the Río Subterráneo a Lomas tunnel have undergone factory acceptance. The 13.5km tunnel will form part of the Agua Sur potable water supply system.
Driller Mike breaks through on Bellwood tunnel
Monday, October 29, 2018 USA – The TBM excavating a new water supply tunnel in Atlanta, Georgia has broken through. The 3.8m Robbins hard rock machine named Driller Mike after local rapper Killer Mike finished excavation of the 8km tunnel on 3 October.
Sirius Minerals awards Lockwood Beck geotechnical contract
Thursday, October 25, 2018 Great Britain – Sirius Minerals has awarded another geotechnical contract for the York Potash project. Bachy Soletanche won a GBP 4M contract for geotechnical work associated with the intermediate shaft at Lockwood Beck, which will provide access to the tunnel that will contain the Mineral Transport System.

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