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HS2 signs Euston construction partner contract 19 March, 2019
Great Britain – Mace/Dragados will deliver the High Speed 2 (HS2) terminus at London Euston. It will act as a construction partner, working with HS2 and the station designers, to coordinate the building of the new station, including platforms, concourse and links to London Underground and other rail services.
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BS 6164 draft in public consultation
Tuesday, March 19, 2019 Great Britain – The latest revision to BS 6164, the code of practice for health and safety in tunnelling is now available for public comment. The new revision, being led by Donald Lamont of Hyperbaric Tunnel & Safety, is due to be published either in 2019 or 2020.
BTS Specification for Tunnelling – call for comments
Tuesday, March 19, 2019 Great Britain – The BTS is seeking comments on its Specification for Tunnelling ahead of the next major revision. A blog has been created which will allow tunnelling industry professionals to provide their input, be it related to a single clause or to whole sections.
Henrik Ager appointed Sandvik Mining and Rock Technology president
Tuesday, March 19, 2019 Finland – Henrik Ager has been appointed president of Sandvik Mining and Rock Technology. The change takes effect on 1 April 2019. Ager was the president of the Rock Tools division at Sandvik as Tunnels and Tunnelling went to press.
ITACET details WTC training courses
Tuesday, March 19, 2019 Italy – The ITA Committee for Education and Training (ITACET) has released details on the two training courses it will hold at the World Tunnel Congress (WTC) in Naples this year.
Chao announces council to support emerging transportation technology
Monday, March 18, 2019 Texas – U.S. secretary of transportation Elaine Chao announced March 12 the creation of the Non-Traditional and Emerging Transportation Technology (NETT) Council, an internal deliberative body at the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) tasked with identifying and resolving jurisdictional and regulatory gaps that may impede the deployment of new technology, such as tunnelling, hyperloop, autonomous vehicles, and other innovations. Secretary Chao made the announcement during her remarks at South by Southwest (SXSW) in Austin.
CATT opens 2019 award of excellence nominations
Friday, March 15, 2019 Canada – CATT, a leading organization for the trenchless industry in Canada and focused on recognizing outstanding people, organizations, technologies and projects that are instrumental in advancing our industry locally and internationally, invites submissions for the 2019 CATT Award of Excellence (AOE). The AOE may be awarded to any of the following who have made a significant contribution to the trenchless industry in the preceding year: Individuals, Companies, Organizations, and Projects. For more details, check out the guidelines. The deadline for submissions is May 31st.
IS Cambridge 2020 calls for papers
Friday, March 15, 2019 Great Britain – The 10th International Symposium on Geotechnical Aspects of Underground Construction in Soft Ground has issued its call for papers. The event will be held at Churchill College, Cambridge from 29 June to 1 July 2020.
Breakthrough at Emisor Oriente
Friday, March 15, 2019 Mexico – A breakthrough ceremony was held at Lot 5 of the Emisor Oriente project in February. The contractor, Ingenieros Civiles Asociados (ICA) completed the 6km drive with an 8.93m-diameter Robbins EPBM. The drive required excavation through mixed face conditions, notably containing abrasive basalt.
Sika to acquire King
Tuesday, March 12, 2019
Gerede water tunnel excavation finally over
Tuesday, March 05, 2019 Turkey – Excavation works on the Gerede Water Transmission Tunnel completed in December. The 31.6km tunnel, the longest water tunnel in Turkey, will go into operation in March and provide drinking water to Ankara.

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