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Hungarian government issues decrees for new tunnels in Budapest
Hungary – Proposals for new underground infrastructure in Budapest have been accepted for more study according to documents released on November 10 by Magyar Közlöny (Hungarian Gazette), which documents the official text of any newly issued piece or amendment to Hungarian legislation.
Osha announces crane operator final rule
USA – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (Osha) published a final rule November 7 that clarifies certification requirements for crane operators, and maintains the employer’s duty to ensure that crane operators can safely operate the equipment.
California votes to retain transportation fees designated for road repairs
US – The midterm elections saw California voters defeat ballot measure Proposition 6, which would repeal the 2017 transportation laws taxes and fees designated for road repairs and public transportation. The fiscal impact concerns ongoing revenues of USD 5.1bn from state fuel and vehicle taxes that mainly would have paid for highway and road maintenance and repairs, as well as transit programs.
PJA appoints Jim Kirby as chair
Great Britain – Jim Kirby is the new chair of the Pipe Jacking Association (PJA). Appointed at the association’s AGM on 17 October, Kirby is the first consulting engineer in the 45-year history of the PJA to hold the position.
Aecon/Traylor to build Second Narrows Tunnel
Canada – Aecon Group announced November 1 that a joint venture between Aecon (40 per cent) and Traylor Bros Inc. (60 per cent) has been awarded a CAD 267M (USD 203M) contract by Metro Vancouver (Greater Vancouver Water District) for the Second Narrows Water Supply Tunnel project in British Columbia.
Twin tunnels supplement Singapore canal
Singapore – Herrenknecht recently released a report on the successful completion of a drainage tunnel in Singapore. The project, which broke through in December 2017, required the construction of 1,000m-long twin tunnels with an excavated diameter of 5,250mm.
Epiroc invests in mining business
US – Epiroc Drilling Solutions announced October 30 it has acquired part of ASI Mining, LLC, a U.S.-based company that provides technology solutions for the autonomous operation of mining vehicles.
UK prepares for fourth National Tunnelling Day
Great Britain – The National Tunnelling Day will take place once again this December. This year it will fall on Thursday 6 December, two days after Saint Barbara’s Day.
Agua Sur TBMs ready
Argentina – Two Terratec TBMs bound for the Río Subterráneo a Lomas tunnel have undergone factory acceptance. The 13.5km tunnel will form part of the Agua Sur potable water supply system.
Driller Mike breaks through on Bellwood tunnel
USA – The TBM excavating a new water supply tunnel in Atlanta, Georgia has broken through. The 3.8m Robbins hard rock machine named Driller Mike after local rapper Killer Mike finished excavation of the 8km tunnel on 3 October.
Sirius Minerals awards Lockwood Beck geotechnical contract
Great Britain – Sirius Minerals has awarded another geotechnical contract for the York Potash project. Bachy Soletanche won a GBP 4M contract for geotechnical work associated with the intermediate shaft at Lockwood Beck, which will provide access to the tunnel that will contain the Mineral Transport System.
WSP announces new appointee in Chicago office
USA — Chris Ferguson has been appointed central region transit and rail market lead for WSP USA, the company announced October 22.
North East Link design update
Australia – The North East Link Authority (NELA) has released a design update following a public consultation. The North East Link, a road project in Melbourne will involve more than 6km of underground road, to make it Victoria’s longest road tunnel.
JIM Technology formalises Terratec relationship with shares purchase
Australia/Japan – The Japanese business partner of Australian TBM manufacturer Terratec has purchased 50% of the company’s shares.
Michels completes Blacklick tunnel
Ohio – Michels announced October 9 it has reached the successful completion of the final drive on the 4.5-mile (7km) Blacklick Creek Interceptor Sanitary Sewer in Columbus, three months ahead of schedule.
YSE station designers awarded
Ontario — Weston Williamson + Partners (WW+P) with WSP Engineers has been retained to design two of the five new stations on the Yonge Subway Extension (YSE) in Toronto and York Region, it announced October 4. This is the practice’s first rail project in the city and follows their work on the Toronto Pearson Airport Masterplan.
Frontier-Kemper still the lowest in LA County tunnel re-bid
US – Tutor Perini Corporation announced October 3 its subsidiary, Frontier-Kemper Constructors, has been identified by the Los Angeles County Department of Water and Power as the low bidder for the USD 121M River Supply Conduit Improvement Upper Reach – Unit 7 Project (RSC Unit 7). The project was bid earlier this year, with Frontier-Kemper providing the low bid. The customer subsequently opted to re-bid the project, and Frontier-Kemper was again designated as the low bidder.
Thames Tideway connection contract awarded to Barhale
Great Britain – Barhale has been awarded a contract to intercept the West Putney Storm Relief CSO and connect it to the main Thames Tideway Tunnel. The GBP 9M (USD 11.7M) contract, which was awarded by Bam Nuttall, Morgan Sindall and Balfour Beatty, will see the construction of a series of underground structures to link the two systems.
Normet revenue increases dramatically
International – Normet posted a Q1 turnover that was 24% up on the previous year, and earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) that were more that double Q1 2017. Normet increased its outlook for the remainder of the year, which remains to be seen.
Tony Barry appointed vice president of FIDIC
International – Tony Barry, a senior consultant at Aurecon has been appointed vice president of the International Federation of Consulting Engineers (FIDIC). The announcement was made at the organisations annual infrastructure conference in Berlin.