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May 2019


ADM awards construction management for Trudeau airport
16 May 2019 CANADA – Aéroports de Montréal (ADM) has awarded the construction management contract for the completion of its major cityside development program to a consortium consisting of Pomerleau, SNC-Lavalin and Construction Kiewit Cie (PSK), it announced May 15.

EBC announces new VP
16 May 2019 Quebec – EBC announced the appointment of Yannick Tardif to the position of vice president, Montréal, for its Civil and Mining Division on May 14.

Saint Laurent mayor makes the case for REM extension
15 May 2019 Canada – Alan DeSousa, mayor of Montreal borough Saint-Laurent, is urging officials to approve a 700m extension to the Montréal Réseau express métropolitain (REM) plan, which would connect Dorval station to the airport.

ACEC names SR 99 Tunnel the 2019 "Grand Conceptor"
10 May 2019 US – The State Route 99 tunnel has been honored with one of the nation’s top engineering achievement awards for 2019: The 2019 Grand Conceptor Award from the American Council of Engineering Companies, the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) announced May 8.

ATS to establish design practice guidelines
09 May 2019 Australia – Due to many developments in tunnel design in Australia over a period of many years, the Australian Tunnelling Society (ATS) has recognised the requirement to establish a guideline of tunnel design practice in Australia.

Westpile fully merges with Bachy Soletanche
09 May 2019 Great Britain – Bachy Soletanche has announced that it has consolidated its Westpile business under the Bachy Soletanche name as of 22 March “in order to simplify its operating structure and add efficiency”.

Eastside Interceptor Rehabilitation phase 2 begins
09 May 2019 USA – The Eastside Interceptor Rehabilitation Project in Renton, Washington has begun. The project will clean, improve and extend the life of approximately 1 mile (1.6km) of 96in (2,400mm) aging sewer pipe that carries 45M gallons (204M litres) of wastewater per day.

MIMS contract awarded for Sydney Metro Central Station
08 May 2019 Australia – GLS Monitoring (the JV between Geomotion Australia and Land Surveys) has been awarded the Monitoring Information Management System (MIMS) contract for the Sydney Metro integration into Central Station.

Emerald Book published at WTC 2019
08 May 2019 International – A new form of contract for tunnelling and underground works has been published. The Emerald Book (more formally: “Conditions of Contract for Underground Works”) was produced by the International Federation of Consulting Engineers (FIDIC) and the International Tunnelling Association (ITA). It was launched at the World Tunnel Congress in Naples.

Breakthrough at Galerie des Janots
02 May 2019 France – Breakthrough was achieved on the Galerie des Janots project in April. Contractor Eiffage completed the 2.8km-long water tunnel with a 3.5m-diameter Robbins Main Beam TBM.

Terratec wins contracts for Pune Metro
02 May 2019 India - Terratec has secured two contracts for Pune metro rail in Maharashtra, India. A number of 6.61m diameter EPB TBMs (EPBMs) will be delivered to the 16.56km-long Line 1 of the new metro. The precise number of machines is still being finalised by the contractor and client, according to Terratec.

April 2019


Crossrail outlines plan to complete Elizabeth Line
26 April 2019 Great Britain – Crossrail has released an action plan to bring the project to a conclusion. The project has encountered delays and overspend in its final stages. The project will not be fully complete until 2021.

Aurecon appoints new Asia director
25 April 2019 Asia – Stephane Asselin is Aurecon’s new managing director for Asia, effective 15 April. A spokesperson said that the region is a key focus for the company and it has targeted it for a rapid expansion process.

Atkins makes plans for Sweden’s first high speed rail mainline
25 April 2019 Sweden – Atkins has been appointed by the Swedish Transport Administration to develop plans for the country’s first high speed rail mainline. The East Link project will include 30 tunnels ranging from 100m up to 6km, for a total length of 25km.

New cement-free TBM backfill grout
18 April 2019 Germany/Austria – MC Bauchemie and Porr have developed a new TBM backfill grout based on a geopolymer that is suitable for use in swelling rock formations. The companies stated that the cement-free filler is sulphate resistant and adequately prevents swelling pressures while providing the usual bedding for securing the tunnel ring.

Tunnel lift named IPAF product of the year
17 April 2019 Norway – Hybeko’s Tunnel 3390 Lift was named product of the year at the International Powered Access Federation’s (IPAF) Summit and International Awards for Powered Access (IAPAs) held in Dubai in March. It is an aerial work platform specifically designed for tunnelling and similar construction applications.

TTC issues RFEOI for Relief Line South TBM
16 April 2019 Canada – The Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) opened an RFI for its Relief Line South Subway Tunnel Boring Machine Supply and Design, closing May 9.

Mining on DigIndy tunnel system more than halfway complete
16 April 2019 Indiana - Citizens Energy Group’s DigIndy Tunnel System project reached a significant milestone on Wednesday, April 10, when its 20ft- (6m-) diameter TBM completed mining the Lower Pogues Run and White River Tunnels.

Behrman Capital acquires Waterline
12 April 2019 Illinois--Waterline Renewal Technologies, provider of engineered products used in the trenchless rehabilitation of wastewater infrastructure for municipal, commercial, industrial and residential applications, has been acquired by private equity investment firm Behrman Capital.

TBM launched for the Bangkok Orange Line
12 April 2019 Thailand – A 6.39m diameter Terratec EPB machine was launched last January for the first 23km-long (east) phase of the Mass Rapid Transit Authority of Thailand’s (MRTA) Orange Line Project.