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Humber estuary tunnel breaks through
01 October, 2019
Great Britain – The Humber tunnel has broken through. The drive was completed by a joint venture of Skanska, Porr and A. Hak is utilising a VMT-guided, 4.4m-diameter Herrenknecht machine.
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Liebherr heavyweights work in tandem on TBM lift
Tuesday, October 01, 2019 Germany – Two Liebherr crawler cranes, an LR 11350 and an LR 11000, worked in tandem to load a TBM onto a barge at the Rhine port of Kehl in Baden-Württemberg, Germany.
Varberg Tunnel contract awarded
Tuesday, October 01, 2019 Sweden – Implenia has been awarded the design and construct contract for the twin-track rail link between Varberg and Hamra. The project notably includes tunnelled work between the city of Varberg.
Engineering Day to fight misconceptions about the profession
Friday, September 20, 2019 Great Britain – The Royal Academy of Engineering will launch its “This is Engineering” day on 6 November 2019 as part of Tomorrow’s Engineers Week, in an effort to raise awareness of what an engineer is.
Brunel Museum hosts summer reception
Thursday, September 19, 2019 Great Britain – The Brunel Museum in London has celebrated the acquisition and housing of a series of hand drawings of the world’s first TBM and associated works for the Thames Tunnel. Described as “the most beautiful Brunel collection ever to enter the public domain” the illustrations were purchased by the museum at auction last year.
Ground Characterisation and Structural Analyses for Tunnel Design
Thursday, September 19, 2019 Spain – The long-awaited English version of the ground characterisation book by Benjamin Celada and Professor Bieniawski has been published. The original Spanish version was released several years ago.
Liebherr launches battery-powered drilling rig
Monday, July 22, 2019 Austria – The deep foundations division at Liebherr has launched a battery-powered drilling rig in 2019. The first unit is currently available for hire, but as Tunnels and Tunnelling goes to press, the rig is working on a site 1km from Liebherr’s factory in Nenzing.
Normet demonstrates underground emulsion charging by battery
Monday, July 22, 2019 Finland – Normet announced in June that it had performed emulsion charging via batteries in an underground environment. The company claims that the demonstration, which was performed with its Charmec MC 605 VE SD charging rig, was a first for Europe. Normet stated that Battery charging is safer and more efficient than using the electricity grid.
BTS announces Northumbria University meeting
Wednesday, July 10, 2019 Great Britain – The British Tunnelling Society (BTS) will hold an evening meeting at Northumbria University. The event will feature a talk on the topic: ‘Tunnelling Under 21st Century Building Structures: Bond Street Station Upgrade and the infamous case of Avon House’. Speakers will be Andy Clarke (for Costain Laing O’Rourke), Richard Totty (for Bachy) and Paul Perry (formerly of Halcrow Atkins JV.
Epiroc modifies concrete sprayer
Monday, July 08, 2019 Sweden – Epiroc has made some changes to its Meyco ME3 concrete sprayer. The upgrades are to the conveying system, the water system, switching cylinders, the telematics system (Certiq, for Epiroc) and the boom base/turret.
CIRIA begins work on ground movement impact guidance
Thursday, July 04, 2019 Great Britain – The Construction Industry Research and Information Association (CIRIA) has held its first steering group meeting for the development of new ground movement impact guidance. The document, ‘P3155 – construction impact from ground movement – assessment and good practice guidance’, is due to be delivered in spring 2020.
Mike King awarded James Clark Medal
Monday, July 01, 2019 Great Britain – On 16 May Mike King was awarded the James Clarke Medal. This medal is an annual award for a major contribution to the tunnelling industry. King received the award for his work on the Tunnel Lining Design Guide.
VSM record depth at York Potash
Wednesday, June 12, 2019 Great Britain – The Herrenknecht vertical shaft sinking machine has finished its work at Woodsmith Mine, excavating the access shaft for Sirius Minerals transport system to 115m and setting a new VSM world record in the process. The previous record was 84m. The shaft will now be excavated using traditional techniques to the full 360m depth.
Wimmer launches new tunnel excavator
Wednesday, May 29, 2019 Austria – Wimmer showcased a new compact tunnel excavator at WTC 2019 in Naples. The ‘Blue Badger’ is designed to work in smaller tunnel cross-sections, from 3.5m upwards.
Westpile fully merges with Bachy Soletanche
Thursday, May 09, 2019 Great Britain – Bachy Soletanche has announced that it has consolidated its Westpile business under the Bachy Soletanche name as of 22 March “in order to simplify its operating structure and add efficiency”.
Crossrail outlines plan to complete Elizabeth Line
Friday, April 26, 2019 Great Britain – Crossrail has released an action plan to bring the project to a conclusion. The project has encountered delays and overspend in its final stages. The project will not be fully complete until 2021.
Atkins makes plans for Sweden’s first high speed rail mainline
Thursday, April 25, 2019 Sweden – Atkins has been appointed by the Swedish Transport Administration to develop plans for the country’s first high speed rail mainline. The East Link project will include 30 tunnels ranging from 100m up to 6km, for a total length of 25km.
New cement-free TBM backfill grout
Thursday, April 18, 2019 Germany/Austria – MC Bauchemie and Porr have developed a new TBM backfill grout based on a geopolymer that is suitable for use in swelling rock formations. The companies stated that the cement-free filler is sulphate resistant and adequately prevents swelling pressures while providing the usual bedding for securing the tunnel ring.
Herrenknecht wins Bauma Innovation Award
Friday, April 12, 2019 Germany – Herrenknecht scooped the Bauma Innovation Award for its E-Power Pipe installation method. The award was granted in the ‘machine’ category, and was presented on Sunday.
HS2 signs Euston construction partner contract
Tuesday, March 19, 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.

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