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July 2019

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MCM Jacobs announces promotions
15 July 2019 California – McMillen Jacobs announced July 12 it appointed Victor Romero to the role of executive pice President.

MTBM removed from Schoharie Reservoir
15 July 2019 New York – The New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) announced July 12 it retrieved a the MTBM from the waters of the Schoharie Reservoir, marking another milestone for the USD 400M program to upgrade infrastructure and improve operational flexibility at the northernmost reservoir in the City’s water supply system.

Keller to combine companies
15 July 2019 US – Keller’s geotechnical construction businesses in North America are joining together as one unified company, and rebranding to Keller, effective January 1, 2020, the company announced July 11.

BTS announces Northumbria University meeting
10 July 2019 Great Britain – The British Tunnelling Society (BTS) will hold an evening meeting at Northumbria University. The event will feature a talk on the topic: ‘Tunnelling Under 21st Century Building Structures: Bond Street Station Upgrade and the infamous case of Avon House’. Speakers will be Andy Clarke (for Costain Laing O’Rourke), Richard Totty (for Bachy) and Paul Perry (formerly of Halcrow Atkins JV.

Epiroc modifies concrete sprayer
08 July 2019 Sweden – Epiroc has made some changes to its Meyco ME3 concrete sprayer. The upgrades are to the conveying system, the water system, switching cylinders, the telematics system (Certiq, for Epiroc) and the boom base/turret.

CIRIA begins work on ground movement impact guidance
04 July 2019 Great Britain – The Construction Industry Research and Information Association (CIRIA) has held its first steering group meeting for the development of new ground movement impact guidance. The document, ‘P3155 – construction impact from ground movement – assessment and good practice guidance’, is due to be delivered in spring 2020.

Mike King awarded James Clark Medal
01 July 2019 Great Britain – On 16 May Mike King was awarded the James Clarke Medal. This medal is an annual award for a major contribution to the tunnelling industry. King received the award for his work on the Tunnel Lining Design Guide.

T&T Annual Listings 2019
01 July 2019 International – The Tunnels and Tunnelling Annual Listings are now open. The T&T Annual Listings is a compendium of contractors, consultants, manufacturers and suppliers active in the tunnelling industry.

Breakthrough on Bangkok’s Chidlom Cable tunnel
01 July 2019 Thailand – A 3.2m diameter Terratec TBM completed a challenging section of a drive for the Chidlom Cable tunnel project in Bangkok this month. The drive included a 35m-radius curve

June 2019

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NY/NJ create Gateway commission
28 June 2019 USA – The state legislatures of New York and New Jersey passed identical bills creating a bi-state commission charge with the financial oversight of the Gateway Tunnel project on June 20.

Dick Robbins 1933-2019
26 June 2019 USA - The Robbins Company has sadly announced the passing of Richard James Robbins, president and CEO from 1958 to 1993. Dick passed away surrounded by family on Thursday May 30, 2019 in Seattle, Washington, USA. He is survived by his wife Bonnie, son Jim and daughter Jennifer.

Site C breaks through
26 June 2019 Canada – BC Hydro announced June 24 it has reached a major milestone on the Site C project with a breakthrough on the excavations of the first of two diversion tunnels on June 22.

Environmental assessment released for Alexandria sewer tunnel
26 June 2019 USA – Alexandria, Virginia, announced its preferred alignment for a deep tunnel sewer, excavated by TBM, on June 19, releasing an environmental assessment for comment through July 19.

Metro unveils Purple Line phase 2 TBMs
21 June 2019 US - The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) joined elected officials and community members in Century City for a ceremonial naming and unveiling of its second set of TBMs that will dig twin subway tunnels between Beverly Hills and Century City, on Monday. Subway tunnelling is expected to begin in early 2020.

Brokk appoints business development manager
21 June 2019 US - Brokk announced June 19 it has appointed Jeff Keeling as its first business development manager. Keeling transitioned from the role of Brokk’s midwestern regional sales manager to the new position earlier this year.

Final breakthrough at Emisor Oriente
12 June 2019 Mexico – The final breakthrough was celebrated at Lot 4 of Mexico City’s Túnel Emisor Oriente (TEO) in May after marking the completion of ten years and 62.1km of tunnelling. The contractor, Carso Infraestructura y Construcción (CARSO) completed the drive with the last of six 8.93m diameter Robbins EPBs.

VSM record depth at York Potash
12 June 2019 Great Britain – The Herrenknecht vertical shaft sinking machine has finished its work at Woodsmith Mine, excavating the access shaft for Sirius Minerals transport system to 115m and setting a new VSM world record in the process. The previous record was 84m. The shaft will now be excavated using traditional techniques to the full 360m depth.

LA Purple Line celebrates halfway milestone
06 June 2019 US – Los Angeles' Purple Line Extension project celebrated a major milestone on June 2—the halfway completion mark for construction on Section 1, the first four-mile subway section between Koreatown and Beverly Hills, Stantec announced on June 4.

Cranes supplier details improved lifting plan for Sydney Metro
06 June 2019 Australia – Marr Contracting supplied two tower cranes to the Sydney Metro. The tower cranes were an update to an earlier plan, which anticipated the use of crawlers. However, site congestion made this untenable.

Breakthrough on Blacklick
03 June 2019 US – The first microtunnel drive on the Blacklick Creek Trunk Sewer in Albany, Ohio, made a breakthrough, Aldea Services announced yesterday. It is serving as the construction management team and trenchless design engineers.



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