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Ümraniye-Atasehir-Göztepe TBMs on site 27 March, 2020
Turkey – Two Terratec TBMs are being assembled prior to boring the Ümraniye-Ataşehir-Göztepe (UAG) metro line in Istanbul. The 6.56m EPBMs will be used by the Gulermak, Nurol & Makyol JV will launch these, and two other identical machines, in mid-May.
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British Tunnelling Society calls for safety input
Thursday, March 26, 2020 Great Britain – The British Tunnelling Society (BTS) has begun hosting key information from the Transforming Tunnel Safety (TTS) industry group on its website. The hope is that this will make it easier for “busy tunnellers” to quickly access what they need and disseminate it throughout the workforce.
Crossrail and TfL worksites to close
Tuesday, March 24, 2020 Great Britain – Crossrail and Transport for London (TfL) project sites are to halt works where possible to prevent the spread of Covid-19. The announcement comes shortly after work was paused at Crossrail’s Bond Street site, where a worker tested positive for the disease.
Action urged on silica
Wednesday, March 18, 2020 Great Britain – The All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Respiratory Health has urged the Government to take action to prevent silica from taking more lives in the UK. The group, together with the not-for-profit group Building and Civil Engineering (B&CE), has released a joint report called ‘Silica – the next asbestos?’ to examine the danger posed by respirable crystalline silica (RCS).
VMT updates microtunnelling offering
Wednesday, March 18, 2020 Germany – VMT released it TUnIS Navigation MT system in January 2020, replacing the previous UNS gyro navigation system. From mid-2020 onwards, the associated stand-alone version based on the new MT connect optimised hardware platform will also be available, replacing the SLS microtunnelling product series.
Tunnelling for Toronto transit extensions out for bid
Thursday, March 12, 2020 Ontario – Metrolinx and Infrastructure Ontario announced on March 10 the tunnelling work it out for bids for the Scarborough Subway and Eglinton Crosstown West extensions.
Schnabel acquires Deere & Ault
Wednesday, March 11, 2020 VIRGINIA—Schnabel Engineering announced March 10 the acquisition of Deere & Ault Consultants, Inc. (D&A), a Water Resources, Civil, and Geotechnical Engineering services firm with locations in Longmont, Colorado and Boise, Idaho. The companies merged on February 29.
Enbridge selects Jay Dee/Obayashi for Great Lakes tunnel
Wednesday, March 11, 2020 Michigan--Enbridge has selected a contractor for the Great Lakes Tunnel Project, it announced March 6.
Intermediate breakthrough at Letan
Wednesday, March 11, 2020 China – The TBM boring Lot 1 of the North Line Water Irrigation Project broke through in January. The 5.97m Robbins machine completed the first of two tunnels which will form an 11.9km-long conduit for this 29.4km drought tunnel network located near Laibin City in Guangxi Province.
Ontario Line awards technical advisor contract
Tuesday, March 03, 2020 Ontario – Infrastructure Ontario and Metrolinx have selected the HDR-led team to serve as technical advisor for the approximately CAD 10.9bn (USD 8.1bn) Ontario Line in Toronto, it was announced on March 2. This nearly 16km long, free-standing subway line will be a combination of tunnelled and elevated sections, with 15 proposed stations, running from Ontario Place/Exhibition Place through downtown Toronto to the Ontario Science Centre.
Shannon & Wilson announce change in Leadership
Tuesday, March 03, 2020 Seattle – Geotechnical and environmental consulting firm Shannon & Wilson announced February 20 a change in leadership in 2020. Gerard Buechel will be stepping down after 16 years as president. Taking the reins will be Greg Fischer who has served the past 15 of his 30-year tenure with Shannon & Wilson as chairman of the board.

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