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ECITB welcomes British skills boost in budget
23 November, 2017
Great Britain - The Engineering Construction Industry Training Board (ECITB), a statutory skills body for engineering and construction, has welcomed measures announced in the Autumn Budget designed to boost investment in infrastructure and skills.
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Breakthrough on the Northern Line Extension
Thursday, November 23, 2017 Great Britain - The two TBMs mining the Northern Line Extension project in London have broken through. Launched in February 2017, the two 6m-diameter EPBMs bored twin 3.2km tunnels running from Battersea to Kennington, with the second breakthrough taking place on 8 November.
ITA Tunnelling Awards 2017
Thursday, November 23, 2017 France - The International Tunnelling Association’s annual awards were held last month in Paris. The awards alternate between Europe and a ‘rest of the world’ location, having been held in Singapore and Switzerland over the last two years.
New VIP gasket corner joint
Thursday, November 09, 2017 Great Britain - VIP Polymers has been awarded a UK patent for a cast-in rubber gasket corner joint designed to reduce the risk of tunnel segment cracking during installation.
Herrenknecht to employ refugees
Wednesday, November 01, 2017 Germany - Herrenknecht has taken in its annual set of apprentices. Among the 56 this year and, the Germany TBM manufacturer has hired five refugees for the first time. The new hires are training for occupations such as mechatronics engineers, industrial, structural and machining mechanics, electronics engineers, industrial business administrators, specialists for metal technology, technical product designers or IT specialists.
Shieldhall breakthrough
Wednesday, October 25, 2017 Great Britain - The TBM has broken through on the Shieldhall project. At GBP 100M, Scotland’s largest wastewater tunnel has taken 15 months to excavate.
Murphy’s new CEO
Wednesday, October 11, 2017 Great Britain - J. Murphy & Sons Limited has appointed John Murphy as its new CEO. Murphy was the company’s current chief operating officer as Tunnels and Tunnelling went to print, responsible for leading the group’s operations in the UK and abroad. CEO Steve Hollingshead will step down at the end of the year (December 2017) and take up a role as non-executive director on the company’s board.
CBE celebrates 500 projects
Tuesday, September 26, 2017 France - Tunnel segment mould manufacturer CBE has taken on its 500th project. The milestone happened to fall in the group’s 30th anniversary which it has been celebrating this year.
BTS Underground Health and Safety Course
Wednesday, September 06, 2017 Great Britain – The British Tunnelling Society (BTS) is accepting registrations for its health and safety course.
New Hochtief UK managing director
Monday, August 21, 2017 United Kingdom - Lawrence Jackson has been appointed as Managing Director of Hochtief (UK) Construction after former Managing Director, Sally Cox, stepped down.
Oxford Circus train fire
Friday, August 11, 2017 Great Britain – A small fire broke out as a Bakerloo Line approached Oxford Circus in London this morning (11 August).
Final Emscher breakthrough
Friday, August 11, 2017 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.
Fugro bags geotechnical contracts at York Potash
Wednesday, August 02, 2017 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.
Contractor fined for Crossrail incidents
Wednesday, August 02, 2017 Great Britain - The Bam Ferrovial Kier (BFK) joint venture has been fined GBP 1M for three health and safety incidents on London’s Crossrail project, one of which involved the death of a worker.
Atlas Copco takes share of Swedish software company
Wednesday, July 26, 2017 Sweden – Atlas Copco has taken a 34 per cent stake of Mobilaris MCE, a Swedish software company that ‘optimises underground mining operations’ The company, based in Luleå, produces software that gives situational awareness in mines, real-time positioning and vehicle status information, as well as details on personnel and equipment on a 3D user interface.
HS2 Phase One Stage One winners announced
Monday, July 17, 2017 Great Britain - The High Speed Two project has announced the winning bidders to construct the first stage of the first phase of the project, which is split into three ‘Areas’.
VDMA releases core-drilling safety brochure
Friday, July 14, 2017 Germany - The core-drilling equipment working group of the VDMA has produced a document describing how to safely fasten core-drilling equipment. The work was carried out in cooperation with Detlev Borstell of the University of Koblenz.
Queen promises High Speed Two
Friday, June 30, 2017 Great Britain – The Queen has committed the government to investing in High Speed Two (HS2). In the 2017 Queen’s Speech, a traditional way in which the priorities of government are announced to the nation, the UK’s head of state briefly touched upon the project amidst an array of other ideas.
Strabag boasts record order book
Thursday, June 01, 2017 Austria - Contractor Strabag announced that its order backlog on 31 March 2017 had passed the EUR 16bn mark for the first time in the company's history. The full value of the work was EUR 1,611,313,000.
Harding Prize winner 2017
Thursday, May 11, 2017 Great Britain - Omar Mohammed was awarded the 2017 Harding Prize. The Transport for London engineer was recognised for presenting the best paper, as chosen by BTS judges, at the May meeting of the society.
Shieldhall construction halfway complete
Wednesday, May 10, 2017 Great Britain - Work on Glasgow’s Shieldhall project is halfway complete, according to Scottish Water. In an announcement in early May, the client said that the milestone was reached as the TBM passed under Pollok Park. The project will be the longest wastewater tunnel in Scotland when complete.

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