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Humber Tunnel TBM passes halfway point 11 January, 2019
Great Britain – The TBM boring the 5km Humber Tunnel has completed 50% of the excavation. The contractor, a joint venture of Skanska, Porr and A. Hak is utilising a VMT-guided, 4.4m-diameter Herrenknecht machine for excavation at a depth usually around 35m below the waterway with a minimum overburden of 12m. No ground treatment is foreseen.
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HNTB adds to Seattle staff
Thursday, January 10, 2019 US – Mike Wongkaew, joined HNTB Corporation’s national tunnel group on January 7 as national tunnel practice lead-Northwest and associate vice president. He is based in Bellevue, Washington, and oversees all tunnelling work on the Sound Transit West Seattle and Ballard Link Extension Project. He also serves as an accomplished resource to the firm’s clients and projects across the nation, the company said, adding in his previous capacity, Wongkaew served as chief tunnel engineer for research and development of an innovative underground transportation system.
Finans Merkezi- Göztepe TBMs arrive in Istanbul
Tuesday, January 08, 2019 Turkey – The two TBMs set to mine the Finans Merkezi- Göztepe section of the Istanbul Metro have been successfully tested and accepted at the site. The section forms part of the 13km-long Ümraniye-Ataşehir-Göztepe line. The contractor is the Gulermak, Kolin & Kalyon Joint Venture.
Epiroc acquires Canadian exploration tools manufacturer
Monday, January 07, 2019 Canada – Epiroc has acquired Fordia, a manufacturer of exploration drilling tools. The company provides exploration drilling tools such as diamond bits, down-the-hole tools, drill rods and drill casings, as well as water treatment systems and pumps, used by mining houses and drilling contractors.
Mackinac Straits Corridor Authority backs Enbridge tunnel
Monday, December 24, 2018 Canada/US – Enbridge announced December 19 that it had reached an agreement with the Mackinac Straits Corridor Authority (MSCA) on the future of Enbridge's Line 5 light oil and natural gas liquids (NGL) pipeline at the Straits of Mackinac. The three-person panel supported the project unanimously.
CATT awards 2018 Roger Crawford honor
Monday, December 24, 2018 Canada – The Centre for Advancement of Trenchless Technologies (CATT) announced December 20 it has awarded Nayandeep Maan, a third year Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Waterloo student, the 2018 Roger Crawford Award.
HNTB announces new hires in tunnelling group
Monday, December 24, 2018 US – HNTB announced December 20 two new hires, Kenneth Xu and Raghu Bhargava, joined its national tunnel group.
Inquiry criticises WestConnex project transparency
Wednesday, December 19, 2018 Australia – The government of New South Wales has published the results of an inquiry into the WestConnex road project in Sydney. The inquiry findings were critical of the project on grounds of poor transparency, value and a number of other issues.
Jennmar announces new joint venture
Tuesday, December 18, 2018 US – Jennmar announced December 13 the formation of a joint venture between Calandra Group, LLC and ABC Technology Group USA, Turnstone Industrial Solutions, LLC.
Normet announces exclusive southern Ontario deal with Dynamek
Tuesday, December 18, 2018 Canada – Normet announced December 14 it has signed a five-year sales representative agreement with the Toronto-area company, Dynamek Group Ltd., as its exclusive sales representative in southern Ontario for its line of TBM chemical products for the tunnelling industry.
Lead design contract awarded for North Bristol Relief Sewer
Friday, December 14, 2018 Great Britain – Aecom has secured a contract with J Murphy & Sons as lead designer for the North Bristol Relief Sewer, a new 6.5km tunnel for Wessex Water that will reduce flood risk and increase stormwater storage capacity to accommodate ongoing and future developments in Bristol and South Gloucestershire.

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