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Arup appoints new global rail leader
08 February, 2018
UK - Arup has appointed Tai Chong Chew as global rail leader to direct the firm’s global rail business. Chew will work closely with interim leader, Anna Squire to establish Arup’s rail business as the world leader in the sector.
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Kier and Eiffage pick up Carillion HS2 work
Wednesday, January 31, 2018 Great Britain - Following the total collapse of one of Britain’s largest contractors, Carillion, Kier and Eiffage have picked up its HS2 work. The companies, which were in joint venture with Carillion to deliver GBP 1.4bn of projects in the HS2 programme, confirm that they are offering employment to the 51 Carillion employees including apprentices, currently working on the HS2 joint venture.
Mammoet delivers first Tideway TBM
Wednesday, January 24, 2018 Great Britain - Mammoet has delivered the first TBM to the Thames Tideway Tunnel project in Central London. The machine was delivered to the 7km west section of the project. It is now in the hands of the contractor, a JV of Bam Nuttall, Morgan Sindall and Balfour Beatty.
German young professionals group launched
Tuesday, January 16, 2018 Germany - December’s Stuva conference hosted the launch event for the Stuva Forum for Young Engineering Professionals (Stuva YEP). Approximately 150 young engineers attended the launch event and currently the organisation is loose, with updates and announcements being distributed by email.
Fugro bags E39 geotechnical contract
Friday, January 12, 2018 Norway – Geotechnical investigation company Fugro has been awarded a year-long contract to carry out seabed investigations at four fjord locations in Norway. The work will inform foundation designs for the bridge and tunnel sections of the major E39 Coastal Highway project.
Minova secures cold weather approval for Tekflex DS-W
Friday, January 12, 2018 Norway - Minova has received approval for the specification and application of Tekflex DS‐W in Bane Nor tunnel projects. Bane Nor is the approving authority for waterproofing materials for any railway or road project in Norway so their approval is required before a spray applied waterproofing membrane is used on said projects.
East Ayrshire water supply tunnel complete
Monday, January 08, 2018 Great Britain - The Caledonia Water Alliance (CWA) has successfully tunnelled beneath the A77 road and River Irvine in East Ayrshire, Scotland.
Breakthrough on West London gas tunnel
Thursday, January 04, 2018 Great Britain - A 330m-long tunnel from London’s Chelsea to Battersea Park has broken through. Owned by gas distribution company Cadent, the tunnel forms part of a GBP 1bn programme to replace ageing infrastructure.
British tax system to change for contractors
Tuesday, December 19, 2017 Great Britain - In an attempt to tackle VAT fraud in the construction industry, the Government announced on the day of its latest budget that it will introduce a domestic reverse charge’ VAT scheme for construction services.
Armstrong made BGA honorary secretary
Tuesday, December 19, 2017 Great Britain - Nick Armstrong, a site characterisation and geoconsulting manager for geotechnical expert Fugro, has been appointed honorary secretary of the British Geotechnical Association (BGA).
CBE appoints new CEO
Tuesday, December 19, 2017 France - Philippe Samama has replaced Didier Lefebvre as CEO of segment mould manufacturer CBE. The company made the announcement in October and said that Lefebvre would continue to work with CBE for a few months to provide continuity.
Subsurface workshop tackles transport
Tuesday, December 19, 2017 Great Britain - On 30 November Think Deep UK (TDUK) hosted a workshop in London to explore future transportation, with an interactive programme of presentations and working in small groups to consider future development of urban underground space with cities’ transportation requirements in mind.
Bekaert Maccaferri appoints new managers
Monday, December 18, 2017 Belgium - Bekaert Maccaferri Underground Solutions recently appointed Peter Galle as general manager. He replaces Peter Remory. Andrea Miglietti, former CFO of Maccaferri Peru, replaces Francesco Lipartiti as the finance, admin and HR manager.
ECITB welcomes British skills boost in budget
Thursday, November 23, 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.
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.

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