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April 2018

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Hagihara Industries buys Elasto Plastic Concrete
16 April 2018 Hagihara Industries of Japan announced last week it has acquired 100 per cent ownership of BarChip macro synthetic fibre (MSF) distributor Elasto Plastic Concrete (EPC).

Fugro completes Tideway investigation work
12 April 2018 Great Britain – Geotechnical investigation company Fugro has completed projects for Ferrovial Agroman and Laing O’Rourke, the JV undertaking the central section of Thames Tideway.

Dugway tunnel makes breakthrough
06 April 2018 USA - Salini Impregilo and its U.S. subsidiary The Lane Construction Corporation announced April 4 they have completed the excavation of the Dugway Storage Tunnel (DST), a USD 153M project in Cleveland, Ohio, to help reduce the flow of raw sewage into Lake Erie.

Breakthrough on Dudullu-Bostanci
06 April 2018 Turkey – The first of four TBMs boring the Dudullu-Bostanci metro line in Istanbul broke through in early March. Contractor Senbay Madencilik-Kolin-Kalyon JV used a 6.56m Terratec EPBM, equipped with 17” disc cutters, to complete the 3.98km-long bore. The teams ended on a high, forming 19 rings in a single final shift, which translates to 26.6m of excavation in 12 hours.

March 2018

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Boring Company releases east coast proposal
28 March 2018 USA – Elon Musk's Boring Company has released an outline and alignment for a proposed project on the East Coast to build Loop, "a high-speed underground public transportation system."

Enterprise group sells Calgary Tunnelling & Horizontal Augering
28 March 2018 Canada - Enterprise Group, announced March 26 that it has closed the previously reported sale of the assets of its trenchless solutions business unit, Calgary Tunnelling & Horizontal Augering (CTHA), to a private arm’s length purchaser.

BC to fund high speed rail study with Washington and Oregon
21 March 2018 Canada/US – The B.C. government will help fund a study of a potential ultra-high-speed corridor service connecting Vancouver with Seattle, Portland and beyond, the office of the premier said on March 16.

Perth airport link TBM halts
20 March 2018

GHD makes expansion in North America
19 March 2018 US/Canada – GHD announced March 15 it launched a GHD Advisory in North America this month, offering a range of services that extend beyond traditional engineering including; asset management (AM); infrastructure investment and economics (IIE); and risk, assurance and regulation (RAR).

Illustrations of world’s first TBM acquired by museum
14 March 2018 Great Britain – The “most beautiful Brunel collection ever to enter the public domain” has been purchased at auction for the Brunel Museum in London. The designs show in great detail the miners and bricklayers working in the world's first TBM.

Terratec delivers a further four TBMs for Istanbul
08 March 2018 Turkey – Terratec has manufactured four 6.56m EPBMs for the ongoing expansion of Istanbul’s metro system, for a total of seven from the Australia-based manufacturer.

Whiteball Tunnel to be refurbished
08 March 2018 Great Britain – Murphy has been awarded a GBP 2.4M (USD 3.33M) contract for tunnel maintenance on the Whiteball Tunnel in Somerset.

Underground space book to be published shortly
08 March 2018 International – A new book, ‘Underground Spaces Unveiled - Planning and Creating the Cities of the Future’ is set to be published by ICE Publishing next week.

BTS Tunnel Design and Construction Course 2018
08 March 2018 Great Britain – The British Tunnelling Society’s annual design and construction course is set to return to the University of Warwick this July. Held in the first week of the month, the course.

Black & Veatch adds to Houston office
07 March 2018 US – Black & Veatch announced March 5 it has created a center of excellence facility in its Houston office to deliver "sustainable, cost-effective tunneled solutions."

Los Angeles breaks ground for Purple Line Phase 2
02 March 2018 US – Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) held a ground breaking ceremony on February 23 for the second phase of its Purple Line extension Purple Line Phase 2, which will add 2.6-miles (4.2km) of new subway service to downtown Beverly Hills and Century City.

TBM passes halfway point at Jilin
02 March 2018 China - The TBM boring lot three of the Jilin Yinsong Water Supply Project has excavated more than 50% of the tunnel. The tunnel will be 24.3km long when complete and contractor Beijing Vibroflotation Engineering had excavated 14 km of the tunnel as of January 2018.

VIP Polymers announced contracts in London and Mumbai
02 March 2018 UK – Manufacturer VIP Polymers said Tuesday it has won contracts to provide tunnel segment gaskets for two major tunnelling projects in the United Kingdom and India.

February 2018

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Dr Sauer management changes
28 February 2018 Great Britain/Canada – Brian Lyons will be taking over from Gerald Skalla as MD of Dr Sauer & Partners in London, UK. Skalla will be strategic director for the UK, but will focus on the Canadian market and will build up a company office in Toronto, in response to a growing infrastructure market.

RATP awards contract on future Line 14
23 February 2018 The consortium led by Vinci Construction (Dodin Campenon Bernard, lead company; Vinci Construction France; Vinci Construction Grands Projets and Botte Fondations), together with Spie batignolles (Spie batignolles Génie Civil and Spie batignolles Fondations), has been awarded a major contract as part of the Grand Paris Express programme.

Tunnelling machinery safety dispute resolved
23 February 2018 International - Word is emerging this week that the ongoing dispute over responsibility for tunnelling machinery safety in Europe between the European construction machinery safety committee CEN/TC151 and the European mining machinery safety committee CEN/TC196 has been resolved. A similar dispute at International Standards level between the same sector interest groups has also been resolved.