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RCTP TBM makes another breakthrough 13 December, 2017
USA - The TBM for the Regional Connector Transit project in Los Angeles, resurfaced December 8 at the future Grand Avenue Arts/Bunker Hill Station, the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) said.
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Guangxi Liugong Machinery buys into piling foundation business
Tuesday, December 12, 2017 China - Guangxi Liugong Machinery Co., Ltd announced on November 30 an RMB 546M (USD 85.24M) acquisition of 51 per cent shares in Shanghai Jintai Engineering Machinery Co., Ltd., which was formerly held by Guangxi Liugong Group Corp.
Calgary calls for trenchless project contractors
Tuesday, December 05, 2017 Canada - The City of Calgary released documentation to prequalify microtunnelling contractors on December 1.
Elon Musk wants to bid on Chicago airport rail link
Monday, December 04, 2017 USA - Elon Musk used Twitter to announce November 30 "The Boring Company will compete to fund, build & operate a high-speed Loop connecting Chicago O’Hare Airport to downtown."
ECITB welcomes British skills boost in budget
Thursday, November 23, 2017 Great Britain - The Engineering Construction Industry Training Board (ECITB), a statutory skills body for engineering and construction, has welcomed measures announced in the Autumn Budget designed to boost investment in infrastructure and skills.
CCCI to buy Canadian contractor
Thursday, November 23, 2017 China/Canada - Aecon has announced that it will be bought by CCC International. The agreement will see the Chinese company purchase all issued and outstanding Aecon shares for a total value of CAD 1.51bn (USD 1.2bn).
Breakthrough on the Northern Line Extension
Thursday, November 23, 2017 Great Britain - The two TBMs mining the Northern Line Extension project in London have broken through. Launched in February 2017, the two 6m-diameter EPBMs bored twin 3.2km tunnels running from Battersea to Kennington, with the second breakthrough taking place on 8 November.
ITA Tunnelling Awards 2017
Thursday, November 23, 2017 France - The International Tunnelling Association’s annual awards were held last month in Paris. The awards alternate between Europe and a ‘rest of the world’ location, having been held in Singapore and Switzerland over the last two years.
TBM Completes third bore for Chennai metro project
Wednesday, November 15, 2017 India - On October 31 a 6.65m diameter Robbins EPBM broke through at Chennai Metro, making this the third tunnel the machine has bored for the project and for contractor Afcons Infrastructure Ltd.
Crossrail completes UK’s largest archaeology programme
Friday, November 10, 2017 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.
New VIP gasket corner joint
Thursday, November 09, 2017 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.

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