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BTS Summer Soirée 2017
Great Britain – The British Tunnelling Society’s annual late-summer party takes place later this month.
CRS twins culvert in Ontario
Canada – CRS Tunnelling announced September 11 it has completed a 61m, 1,800mm RCP culvert to twin an existing, like diameter culvert under Highway 400 in Barrie, Ontario, for the Ontario Ministry of Transportation.
DTSS awards Phase 2 tunnel contract
Singapore – Zublin, a subsidiary Strabag, announced today it has been hired by PUB, Singapore’s national water agency, to build 11.9km of tunnels for the sewerage system of the city. The contract is a part of the Deep Tunnel Sewerage System (DTSS) Phase 2 project and worth EUR 309M (USD 370M).
Construction starts on Delaware Aqueduct Bypass tunnel
USA – The New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) held a ceremony on September 8 to mark the start of tunnelling for the Delaware Aqueduct Bypass Tunnel.
Cross River Rail to partner with industry
Australia – The Cross River Rail will be a public private partnership (PPP). The Cross River Rail Delivery Authority announced that it is looking to link with the private sector to deliver core components of the project. The decision was presented to 500 ‘industry leaders’ at a briefing on 30 August 2017.
Aurecon appoints infrastructure chief
International - Aurecon has appointed Ben Stapleton as its managing director for infrastructure. The company said Stapleton has experience as a leader and advisor in the infrastructure industry across many geographies and roles that will assist clients navigate mounting complexities, including changing funding mechanisms and delivery models.
BTS Underground Health and Safety Course
Great Britain – The British Tunnelling Society (BTS) is accepting registrations for its health and safety course.
Schnabel Engineering creates technical tunneling director role
US - James Parkes has joined Schnabel Engineering as a senior associate in the new position of technical tunneling director. Based in Baltimore, he will be responsible for positioning and growing the company’s national tunnel and underground engineering services practice.
ADS appoints new CEO
US - Advanced Drainage Systems (ADS) announced August 17 several leadership changes in accordance with its previously communicated succession plan, which will become effective September 1.
New Hochtief UK managing director
United Kingdom - Lawrence Jackson has been appointed as Managing Director of Hochtief (UK) Construction after former Managing Director, Sally Cox, stepped down.
Tunnels and Tunnelling Project Listings 2017
The Tunnels and Tunnelling Annual Listings is introducing an improved format. This year in addition to the usual corporate details, companies have the opportunity to list sample projects showcasing their expertise and innovation in a practical way.
Hobas and Flowtite merger approved
Austria – August saw the European Commission approve the merger of Hobas and Flowtite. The companies, owned by Amiantit and Wietersdorfer respectively, are pipe manufacturers.
Brockville tunnel reopens on Saturday
Ontario - Canada's first railroad tunnel, in Brockville, Ontario, reopens on Saturday, August 12, following restoration work converting it to a recreational space connected to the city's trail system.
Oxford Circus train fire
Great Britain – A small fire broke out as a Bakerloo Line approached Oxford Circus in London this morning (11 August).
Final Emscher breakthrough
Germany - Tunnelling and pipe jacking has concluded on the Emscher sewer. The final drives, two 10km-long main collectors in the town of Oberhausen, were carried out by contractor Porr between October 2014 and June 2017 using two Herrenknecht 3,397mm EPBMs.
Jacobs Engineering to buy CH2M
International – Jacobs and CH2M have entered into an agreement that will see Jacobs acquire all outstanding CH2M shares for a total value of USD 3.27bn. This amount includes around USD 416M in CH2M debt.
Omaha CSO project celebrates TBM breakthrough
USA - The South Interceptor Force Main tunnel project in Omaha made its final breakthrough on August 5, following a year-long delay due to a stuck TBM in unexpected ground.
Albany Park project marks blasting milestone
USA – Blasting operations for the intake shaft on a Chicago tunnel project are now complete, the Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) announced August 7.
Brethel joins Cowi
Cowi North America announced that Michael Brethel joined Cowi Tunnel as Chief Project Manager, effective August 1.
Fugro bags geotechnical contracts at York Potash
Great Britain - Fugro has been awarded two contracts for geotechnical and geophysical investigations at the York Potash project. The project is to develop the world’s largest known high grade polyhalite deposit. Construction includes a new mine to extract the ore, a 37km tunnel hosting an underground mineral transportation system (MTS), a granulation facility in Teesside, and an export quay on the River Tees.
ITA awards shortlist
The International Tunnelling Association (ITA) announced its shortlist for the annual awards.