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March 2019


Strabag to renovate the south section of Budapest's M3 metro line
22 March 2019 Hungary – The European construction group Strabag, through its Hungarian subsidiary, announced it has won the contract to rehabilitate the southern section of the M3 metro line. The contract value totals HUF 24.7bn (USD 89M). In addition to the renewal of five stations and passenger areas, the track structure is also being modernised. The work should be completed in 2020.

HS2 signs Euston construction partner contract
19 March 2019 Great Britain – Mace/Dragados will deliver the High Speed 2 (HS2) terminus at London Euston. It will act as a construction partner, working with HS2 and the station designers, to coordinate the building of the new station, including platforms, concourse and links to London Underground and other rail services.

BS 6164 draft in public consultation
19 March 2019 Great Britain – The latest revision to BS 6164, the code of practice for health and safety in tunnelling is now available for public comment. The new revision, being led by Donald Lamont of Hyperbaric Tunnel & Safety, is due to be published either in 2019 or 2020.

BTS Specification for Tunnelling – call for comments
19 March 2019 Great Britain – The BTS is seeking comments on its Specification for Tunnelling ahead of the next major revision. A blog has been created which will allow tunnelling industry professionals to provide their input, be it related to a single clause or to whole sections.

Henrik Ager appointed Sandvik Mining and Rock Technology president
19 March 2019 Finland – Henrik Ager has been appointed president of Sandvik Mining and Rock Technology. The change takes effect on 1 April 2019. Ager was the president of the Rock Tools division at Sandvik as Tunnels and Tunnelling went to press.

ITACET details WTC training courses
19 March 2019 Italy – The ITA Committee for Education and Training (ITACET) has released details on the two training courses it will hold at the World Tunnel Congress (WTC) in Naples this year.

Chao announces council to support emerging transportation technology
18 March 2019 Texas – U.S. secretary of transportation Elaine Chao announced March 12 the creation of the Non-Traditional and Emerging Transportation Technology (NETT) Council, an internal deliberative body at the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) tasked with identifying and resolving jurisdictional and regulatory gaps that may impede the deployment of new technology, such as tunnelling, hyperloop, autonomous vehicles, and other innovations. Secretary Chao made the announcement during her remarks at South by Southwest (SXSW) in Austin.

CATT opens 2019 award of excellence nominations
15 March 2019 Canada – CATT, a leading organization for the trenchless industry in Canada and focused on recognizing outstanding people, organizations, technologies and projects that are instrumental in advancing our industry locally and internationally, invites submissions for the 2019 CATT Award of Excellence (AOE). The AOE may be awarded to any of the following who have made a significant contribution to the trenchless industry in the preceding year: Individuals, Companies, Organizations, and Projects. For more details, check out the guidelines. The deadline for submissions is May 31st.

IS Cambridge 2020 calls for papers
15 March 2019 Great Britain – The 10th International Symposium on Geotechnical Aspects of Underground Construction in Soft Ground has issued its call for papers. The event will be held at Churchill College, Cambridge from 29 June to 1 July 2020.

Breakthrough at Emisor Oriente
15 March 2019 Mexico – A breakthrough ceremony was held at Lot 5 of the Emisor Oriente project in February. The contractor, Ingenieros Civiles Asociados (ICA) completed the 6km drive with an 8.93m-diameter Robbins EPBM. The drive required excavation through mixed face conditions, notably containing abrasive basalt.

Sika to acquire King
12 March 2019

Gerede water tunnel excavation finally over
05 March 2019 Turkey – Excavation works on the Gerede Water Transmission Tunnel completed in December. The 31.6km tunnel, the longest water tunnel in Turkey, will go into operation in March and provide drinking water to Ankara.

Greg Hallett Appointed to lead Normet North America
04 March 2019 North America – Greg Hallett has been appointed Normet’s senior vice president for sales in North America. He began the new role on 1 March.

Anthony Bauer joins HNTB
04 March 2019 USA – Anthony Bauer has joined HNTB’s national tunnel group as national tunnel practice operations manager – west. Based in Los Angeles, Bauer will support tunnelling projects along the West Coast and broader USA.

UK tax office urges digitisation to tackle administrative incompetence
04 March 2019 Great Britain – Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC) is pushing for a digital approach to tax, arguing that businesses reduce time spent on paperwork by testing its Making Tax Digital (MTD) service for submitting returns.

Morgan Sindall posts record results
04 March 2019 Great Britain – Morgan Sindall delivered record profits in 2018. The British construction and infrastructure business saw its profitability leap by 23% from GBP 66M (USD 87M) to GBP 81.6M (USD 108M). Revenue was GBP 2.97bn (USD 3.93bn) and the order book stood at GBP 3.6bn (USD 4.76bn).

Breakthrough on Mumbai Metro UGC-06
04 March 2019 India – The TBM boring Mumbai Metro’s contract UGC-06 broke through in mid-February. This 690m drive forms part of the 4.45km-long twin tube contract, which is being executed by J. Kumar and China Railway No 3 Engineering Group.

February 2019


TAP project secures funding
27 February 2019 Italy – The Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP), an EUR 3.9bn (USD 4.43bn) natural gas pipeline project in the eastern Mediterranean, has been granted full funding. Mott MacDonald was the lenders’ technical advisor on the project and performed technical due diligence on TAP’s design, construction and operational plans.

Follo line makes final double breakthrough
27 February 2019 Norway – With a double breakthrough on schedule, the excavation of the longest rail tunnel in the Nordic countries is completed.

Health and safety code out for public consultation
26 February 2019 Great Britain – The British Standards Institute (BSI) has called for public comment on the 2019 update to BS 6164, Code of practice for health and safety in tunnelling and in the construction industry.