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April 2020


Haver & Boecker Niagara rebrands
01 April 2020 Canada – Haver & Boecker announced March 29 its family of companies and equipment brands — W.S. Tyler, Haver & Boecker Canada, Haver Niagara GMBH, and Haver & Boecker Latinoamericana — are coming together under one brand: Haver & Boecker Niagara.

March 2020


Ümraniye-Atasehir-Göztepe TBMs on site
27 March 2020 Turkey – Two Terratec TBMs are being assembled prior to boring the Ümraniye-Ataşehir-Göztepe (UAG) metro line in Istanbul. The 6.56m EPBMs will be used by the Gulermak, Nurol & Makyol JV will launch these, and two other identical machines, in mid-May.

British Tunnelling Society calls for safety input
26 March 2020 Great Britain – The British Tunnelling Society (BTS) has begun hosting key information from the Transforming Tunnel Safety (TTS) industry group on its website. The hope is that this will make it easier for “busy tunnellers” to quickly access what they need and disseminate it throughout the workforce.

Crossrail and TfL worksites to close
24 March 2020 Great Britain – Crossrail and Transport for London (TfL) project sites are to halt works where possible to prevent the spread of Covid-19. The announcement comes shortly after work was paused at Crossrail’s Bond Street site, where a worker tested positive for the disease.

Action urged on silica
18 March 2020 Great Britain – The All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Respiratory Health has urged the Government to take action to prevent silica from taking more lives in the UK. The group, together with the not-for-profit group Building and Civil Engineering (B&CE), has released a joint report called ‘Silica – the next asbestos?’ to examine the danger posed by respirable crystalline silica (RCS).

VMT updates microtunnelling offering
18 March 2020 Germany – VMT released it TUnIS Navigation MT system in January 2020, replacing the previous UNS gyro navigation system. From mid-2020 onwards, the associated stand-alone version based on the new MT connect optimised hardware platform will also be available, replacing the SLS microtunnelling product series.

Tunnelling for Toronto transit extensions out for bid
12 March 2020 Ontario – Metrolinx and Infrastructure Ontario announced on March 10 the tunnelling work it out for bids for the Scarborough Subway and Eglinton Crosstown West extensions.

Schnabel acquires Deere & Ault
11 March 2020 VIRGINIA—Schnabel Engineering announced March 10 the acquisition of Deere & Ault Consultants, Inc. (D&A), a Water Resources, Civil, and Geotechnical Engineering services firm with locations in Longmont, Colorado and Boise, Idaho. The companies merged on February 29.

Enbridge selects Jay Dee/Obayashi for Great Lakes tunnel
11 March 2020 Michigan--Enbridge has selected a contractor for the Great Lakes Tunnel Project, it announced March 6.

Intermediate breakthrough at Letan
11 March 2020 China – The TBM boring Lot 1 of the North Line Water Irrigation Project broke through in January. The 5.97m Robbins machine completed the first of two tunnels which will form an 11.9km-long conduit for this 29.4km drought tunnel network located near Laibin City in Guangxi Province.

Ontario Line awards technical advisor contract
03 March 2020 Ontario – Infrastructure Ontario and Metrolinx have selected the HDR-led team to serve as technical advisor for the approximately CAD 10.9bn (USD 8.1bn) Ontario Line in Toronto, it was announced on March 2. This nearly 16km long, free-standing subway line will be a combination of tunnelled and elevated sections, with 15 proposed stations, running from Ontario Place/Exhibition Place through downtown Toronto to the Ontario Science Centre.

Shannon & Wilson announce change in Leadership
03 March 2020 Seattle – Geotechnical and environmental consulting firm Shannon & Wilson announced February 20 a change in leadership in 2020. Gerard Buechel will be stepping down after 16 years as president. Taking the reins will be Greg Fischer who has served the past 15 of his 30-year tenure with Shannon & Wilson as chairman of the board.

February 2020


Tunnel could replace Brooklyn-Queens Expressway
27 February 2020 New York – The New York City Council and Arup released a report February 24 about the possibilities for repairing and replacing the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway, including a tunnel.

TBMs leaving site on the Sydney Metro project
25 February 2020 Australia – The four 7m-diameter Herrenknecht double shields that excavated the tunnels for the City & Southwest phase of the Sydney Metro are being lifted out of construction sites and are leaving the city. Between them they have excavated 30km of twin metro tunnel and only the slurry TBM for the harbour crossing remains.

First Forrestfield TBM makes final breakthrough
25 February 2020 Australia – The first TBM mining the Forrestfield-Airport Link in Perth has broken through. ‘Grace’ broke through into the Bayswater dive structure in February and will be followed by ‘Sandy’ in May, which is tunnelling the typical three-months behind the lead machine. The contractor is the Salini Impregilo-NRW JV.

HSE issues welding warning
25 February 2020 Great Britain – The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has issued a reminder that companies must protect their workers from the risks from welding fume. The HSE is undergoing a programme of inspections following a February 2019 safety alert. New evidence showed that exposure to mild steel welding fume can cause cancer.

Thames Tideway excavation halfway complete
21 February 2020 Great Britain – London’s new ‘super sewer’ half excavated. The TBMs boring the Thames Tideway project are 12.5km through the 25km-long, 7m-diameter project. As well as the main tunnel, a 1km-long, 3m-diameter connection tunnel is also currently under construction in Wandsworth at the western end of the project.

Long-Baseline Neutrino Facility releases construction update
19 February 2020 South Dakota – Three of the underground construction components are near completion at the Sanford Underground Research Facility (Sanford Lab) for the far site of Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory’s (Fermilab) Long-Baseline Neutrino Facility (LBNF).

High Speed 2 given go-ahead, with more oversight
13 February 2020 Great Britain – Britain’s new high-speed rail link between its southern capital and major northern cities has survived a review process and will go ahead. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson approved the project, hailing it as a ‘new spine of British transport’ but said the decision was difficult and controversial.

Stantec makes leadership appointments
12 February 2020 Stantec has announced its leadership group for its Infrastructure business as of January. Susan Walter will be taking over as executive vice president, infrastructure for Stantec’s global operations. Susan’s appointment to the position comes as Stuart Lerner, who has helmed the business for two years, is promoted to chief operating officer, North America.