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November 2017

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TBM Completes third bore for Chennai metro project
15 November 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
10 November 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
09 November 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.

Atlas Copco targets zero emissions
09 November 2017 Sweden - Equipment manufacturer Atlas Copco has announced that its development activities will be focused on zero-emission and battery-driven machinery. In a statement it spoke of immediate plans to expand its current portfolio of electric mining equipment including loaders, drill rigs and mine trucks.

Kryton International buys Cementec
06 November 2017 Canada - Vancouver-based Kryton International, manufacturer of crystalline concrete waterproofing, announced its acquisition of Calgary-based Cementec Industries, a concrete additive company for the construction, oil and gas industries.

Herrenknecht to employ refugees
01 November 2017 Germany - Herrenknecht has taken in its annual set of apprentices. Among the 56 this year and, the Germany TBM manufacturer has hired five refugees for the first time. The new hires are training for occupations such as mechatronics engineers, industrial, structural and machining mechanics, electronics engineers, industrial business administrators, specialists for metal technology, technical product designers or IT specialists.

Toronto Tunnel Partners selected for Highway 401 project
01 November 2017 Canada - EllisDon Civil announced October 23 that Toronto Tunnel Partners (TTP) has been selected as the preferred proponent to design, build, and finance the development of an upgraded rail tunnel project by Infrastructure Ontario (IO) and Metrolinx. TTP is an equal partnership joint venture between EllisDon Civil and STRABAG Inc. and was selected following an extensive procurement process which began in September of 2016.

October 2017

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Shieldhall breakthrough
25 October 2017 Great Britain - The TBM has broken through on the Shieldhall project. At GBP 100M, Scotland’s largest wastewater tunnel has taken 15 months to excavate.

California’s largest water agency endorses Delta tunnels
19 October 2017 USA – The Metropolitan Water District (MWD) of Southern California’s board officially endorsed the California Water Fix project, previously called the Delta Tunnels, and approved its USD 4.3bn share of the project on October 10.

Golder to buy Alan Auld Group
13 October 2017 Canada - Golder announced October 12 that it has entered into a definitive agreement to purchase the assets and ongoing operations of the Alan Auld Group of Companies.

Murphy’s new CEO
11 October 2017 Great Britain - J. Murphy & Sons Limited has appointed John Murphy as its new CEO. Murphy was the company’s current chief operating officer as Tunnels and Tunnelling went to print, responsible for leading the group’s operations in the UK and abroad. CEO Steve Hollingshead will step down at the end of the year (December 2017) and take up a role as non-executive director on the company’s board.

First TBM breakthrough in Lucknow
11 October 2017 India - Crews celebrated breakthrough on the first TBM-driven tunnels in the capital of Uttar Pradesh. A Gulermak-Tata Projects JV was the contractor for the project, which is part of the 22,88km Phase 1A of the Lucknow Metro North-South Line.

Seattle LRT tunnel one-third complete
06 October 2017 US - Tunnel construction has advanced more than 700ft (213m) of the total 2,000ft (610m) drive below Bellevue, Washington, as part of Seattle's East Link light rail project, Sound Transit said on October 3.

University of Texas at Austin announces grouting short course
05 October 2017 Texas Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin announced it is holding the 39th Annual Grouting Short Course from February 12-16, 2018, an earlier date than in years past.

CATT announces 2017 award of excellence recipients
03 October 2017 Canada - The Centre for Advancement of Trenchless Technologies (CATT) named Chris Macey of Aecom the outstanding contributor to the industry, on Friday.

September 2017

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3RPORT starts shaft drilling
29 September 2017 US - Contractor S.A. Healy Company (a subsidiary of Lane Construction)/Salini Impregilo began drilling on 28 September for the launch shaft on the Three Rivers Protection and Overflow Reduction Tunnel (3RPORT) in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

CBE celebrates 500 projects
26 September 2017 France - Tunnel segment mould manufacturer CBE has taken on its 500th project. The milestone happened to fall in the group’s 30th anniversary which it has been celebrating this year.

Two more TBMs for Mumbai Line Three
26 September 2017 India - The first of two slurry machines destined for the UGC03 contract of Mumbai Metro Line Three underwent factory acceptance in September.

BTS Summer Soirée 2017
14 September 2017 Great Britain – The British Tunnelling Society’s annual late-summer party takes place later this month.

CRS twins culvert in Ontario
14 September 2017 Canada – CRS Tunnelling announced September 11 it has completed a 61m, 1,800mm RCP culvert to twin an existing, like diameter culvert under Highway 400 in Barrie, Ontario, for the Ontario Ministry of Transportation.

DTSS awards Phase 2 tunnel contract
13 September 2017 Singapore – Zublin, a subsidiary Strabag, announced today it has been hired by PUB, Singapore’s national water agency, to build 11.9km of tunnels for the sewerage system of the city. The contract is a part of the Deep Tunnel Sewerage System (DTSS) Phase 2 project and worth EUR 309M (USD 370M).