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July 2018


New York announces 2-mile water tunnel
18 July 2018 US – The New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) announced plans for USD 1.2bn tunnelling project in Westchester County on July 12.

Board approves funds for Delta Tunnel
12 July 2018 US – The board of directors of the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California voted July 10 to provide the additional financing needed for the full construction of the California Water Fix (Previously called Delta Tunnel) project to modernize the state’s badly outdated and increasingly vulnerable water delivery system.

Worker critically injured on Forrestfield-Airport Link
10 July 2018 Australia – A worker has been injured on the Forrestfield-Airport Link project. The man is in a critical but stable condition in hospital after being operated on for non-life-threatening head and facial injuries.

Utility installation mitigation proposals set out
10 July 2018 Great Britain – A group of construction and road groups that include the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE), the Civil Engineering Contractors Association (CECA) and the RAC Foundation have put forward proposals to the National Infrastructure Commission (NIC) and the Department for Transport that measures are taken to reduce or eliminate the problems of disruption to strategic urban infrastructure by utility roadworks.

TTC announces new underground facility
05 July 2018 US – TTC honors the past while driving the future through the establishment of the Barbera Underground Infrastructure Research and Training (BUIRT) Facility.

Jilin breakthrough
03 July 2018 China – The TBM mining the tunnel for the Jilin Yinsong Water Supply Project Lot 3 broke through in mid-May. The 24.3km tunnel forms a key part of the 736km scheme to divert water from a reservoir in the upper Di’er Songhua River to the drier regions of central Jilin Province in northeast China.

Initial Findings from the ITIG survey
03 July 2018 International – In February 2018 the International Tunnelling Insurance Group (ITIG) launched a survey with the aim of reviewing the penetration and effectiveness of the Code around the world. The survey sought feedback on the application and experience of the Code (or other risk management approaches) and was targeted at all relevant parties (clients, designers, contractors and insurers) with the support of the relevant professional bodies (ITA, BTS and IMIA). The purpose of this note is to provide a summary of the initial findings from the survey and an indication of the proposed next steps.

June 2018


Metro to award Purple Line work to Frontier-Kemper/Tutor Perini JV
22 June 2018 Tutor Perini Corporation announced that the Frontier-Kemper/Tutor Perini Joint Venture has received a notice of intent to award a contract from the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority for the Purple Line Extension Section 3 Tunnels Project. The contract value is anticipated to be approximately USD 410M.

Epiroc becomes fully independent company
19 June 2018 US – The shares of Epiroc AB, a manufacturer for the mining, infrastructure and natural resources industries, have started trading on Nasdaq Stockholm in Sweden, it announced Monday, June 18. This marks the start of Epiroc as a fully independent company following its separation from the Atlas Copco Group.

New senior hire in Schnabel’s Seattle office
19 June 2018 US – Glen Frank has joined Schnabel Engineering as a senior vice president specializing in underground construction, the company announced Friday, June 15.

Rahm Emanuel selects Elon Musk's high speed rail bid
15 June 2018 US – Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel announced June 14 The Boring Company, founded by Silicon Valley's Elon Musk, will build and operate the Chicago express service between downtown and O'Hare Airport.

Senate committee approves funds toward Gateway Tunnel
13 June 2018 US – The Senate Appropriations Committee approved a FY2019 transportation and housing bill on June 7, which provides funding to a variety of transportation infrastructure, including the Gateway program.

Leighton Asia awarded North-South Transportation Corridor contract
11 June 2018 Singapore – A joint venture of Leighton Asia and Yongnam Engineering and Construction has been awarded the USD 410M tunnel contract N103 for the North-South Transportation Corridor project.

LTA treads carefully for Cross Island Line
11 June 2018 Singapore – The Land Transport Authority (LTA) announced in June that it had completed the SI work for two alignment options for its proposed 50km-long Cross Island Line (CRL). The field work took place in a nature reserve between May 2016 and September 2017.

MTA reveals plan for massive overhaul of the New York subway
05 June 2018 US – MTA New York City Transit president Andy Byford announced May 23 its plan to “completely modernize every major aspect of the organization and its services, from subways to buses to accessibility to corporate culture.”

Perth Airport Link TBMs intermediate break through
01 June 2018 Australia - The two TBMs boring the Forrestfield-Airport Link in Perth have broken through to the Airport Central Station. Salini Impregilo-NRW was chosen to build the 8.5km line, of which 8km is underground, with a 7m diameter. So far, some 2km have been bored and the TBMs will undergo servicing for a month before continuing.

May 2018


Leeds University seminar on geo-risk
30 May 2018 Great Britain – The University of Leeds hosted a seminar on geo-risk, rock behaviour and underground space last month. Presented by Chrysothemis Paraskevopoulou, Leeds University and Mark Diederichs, Queens University (Canada), the day-long event was also supported by the BTS Young Members.

Stantec/Hatch/Tetra Tech to study third link
17 May 2018 Canada - The Groupement mobilité inter-rives―a joint venture composed of Stantec, Tetra Tech, and Hatch―has been chosen by the Quebec Ministry of Transportation, Sustainable Mobility, and Electrification of Transport (MTMDET) to prepare an opportunity study related to the new transportation link between Quebec City and Lévis. This link aims to improve the flow of trips on the Greater Quebec City territory.

Metrolinx awards Finch West contract
11 May 2018 Canada – Infrastructure Ontario (IO) and Metrolinx announced May 7 that Mosaic Transit Group (Mosaic) has signed a contract valued at $2.5 billion to design, build, finance and maintain the Finch West Light Rail Transit (LRT) project. Mosaic's successful proposal will deliver the LRT by 2023.

Childom Cable Tunnel project accepts TBM
10 May 2018 Thailand – Factory acceptance for the Childom Cable Tunnel’s TBM took place in April. The 4.27m-diameter Terratec machine will bore the tunnel for a new high voltage cable tunnel in Bangkok.