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Webuild makes twin breakthrough on Italian high-speed line 25 September, 2020
Webuild Group is celebrating two breakthroughs on the 53km-long Terzo Valico del Giovi high-speed rail line between Milan and the port of Genoa in northern Italy. The double breakthroughs mean that nearly half of the 36km underground section has been completed.
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Strabag begins Karawanks Tunnel refurbishment
Thursday, September 24, 2020 Austrian construction group Strabag is continuing work on the €68.4m (US$79m) contract awarded in July 2020 by ÖBB-Infrastruktur for the rehabilitation and modernisation of the Karawanks Railway Tunnel (Lot KRT 1 Karawankentunnel – Construction Technology).
Laser-drilling technology may benefit tunnelling
Thursday, September 24, 2020 Idaho-based Merger Mines Corp says it has laser and robotics technology that has the potential to benefit not only mining but also large-bore tunnelling, dams and other construction applications.
WTC2021 cancelled, Denmark now to host WTC2022
Monday, September 21, 2020 ITA-AITES has cancelled the WTC2021 conference due to the uncertainties arising from the coronavirus pandemic. The decision was taken by a vote of the 78 member nations of the ITA General Assembly which took place last week during the virtual WTC2020 congress.
VDOT gives green light for HRBT construction start
Friday, September 18, 2020 A Notice to Proceed (NTP) has been issued by the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) for construction work to start on the US$3.8bn Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel Expansion project in Virginia, US.
Flooding raises questions over SMART tunnel efficacy
Thursday, September 17, 2020 Questions are being asked as to why the SMART tunnel did not protect Kuala Lumpur after extremely heavy rainfall caused major flooding in the Malaysian capital recently.
New Sandvik simulator is designed for safer training
Tuesday, September 15, 2020 Underground drill operators and maintenance teams can now train in a safer environment thanks to the introduction of the latest Sandvik training simulator. Sandvik says it has developed Digital Driller to improve performance in underground hard-rock drilling, whether in tunnelling or mining applications.
WTC2020 opens successfully but without the usual ceremony
Monday, September 14, 2020 Monday 14 September saw the official opening of the World Tunnel Congress (WTC2020) under an extraordinary virtual scenario brought about by the coronavirus pandemic.
IEM confirms WTC2020 congress format
Friday, September 11, 2020 Malaysia’s Institution of Engineers (IEM) has outlined the format of the 2020 World Tunnel Congress (WTC2020) which has been transferred to a full digital platform due to safety concerns over the coronavirus pandemic. The decision to go virtual by streaming the programmes via a secured digital platform was taken in conjunction with ITA-AITES.
Barhale in £22m Thames Water tunnels and aqueducts win
Friday, September 11, 2020 UK-based civil and infrastructure services provider Barhale has secured a key Thames Water AMP7 contract. The four-year, £22m (US$28m) programme involves inspections and works on the Thames Water Ring Main (TWRM) and raw water tunnels.
First TBM holes through on Milan M4 central section
Friday, September 11, 2020 Webuild Group has announced that on 9 September the first of two TBMs boring the central section of Milan’s M4 metro line broke through at the future Solari underground station. The second TBM is expected to hole through in a few days’ time.

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