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BTS Underground Health and Safety Course
06 September, 2017
Great Britain – The British Tunnelling Society (BTS) is accepting registrations for its health and safety course.
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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.
British explosives standard out for consultation
Friday, May 05, 2017 Great Britain – The Code of practice for the safe use of explosives in the construction industry (BS 5607) is currently out for consultation. The period began on 19 April and public comment ends on 20 June.
Lower Thames Crossing route announced
Friday, April 28, 2017 Great Britain - Transport Secretary Chris Grayling announced the preferred route for the Lower Thames Crossing in April. The new crossing will create a new link between the A2 and the M25 and ease the burden on the busy Dartford Crossing.
Stad ship tunnel approved
Wednesday, April 19, 2017 Norway – Transport Minister Ketil Solvik-Olsen has given the go-ahead to the Stad Tunnel, the world’s first ship tunnel. The announcement came after the release of the country’s National Transport Plan 2018-2029. Funding has been earmarked for the project in the first half of this period. The earliest the project could start is 2019.
Mini-Cam expands into Austria
Wednesday, April 12, 2017 Austria – The pipeline inspection equipment company Mini-Cam has opened a new factory in Austria. The site was set up for its subsidiary, InPipe Innovation and it has allowed the subsidiary to move from a small workshop to a 7,500 sq ft (700 sq m) facility in the Alpine village of Riezlern, Kleinwalsertal, near the German border.
TfL takes on TUCA
Thursday, March 23, 2017 Great Britain – Transport for London (TfL) will take over the running of Crossrail’s Tunnelling and Underground Construction Academy. The UK’s only publicly owned transportation operator signed a contract with Prospect’s College of Advanced Technology to run the academy.
Silvertown shortlist announced
Wednesday, March 22, 2017 Great Britain – Transport for London (TfL) has announced the three companies who have been shortlisted to design, finance, build and maintain the Silvertown Tunnel – a new twin-bore road tunnel proposed for east London.
Femern signs consultancy contracts
Wednesday, March 22, 2017 Germany/Denmark – Femern has signed contracts with Ramboll-Arup-TEC JV for the supply of client consultancy services and with ÅF – Hansen & Henneberg for the supply of in-house consultancy services. The contracts cover consultancy services and technical support for the establishment of the fixed link across the Fehmarnbelt.
Canada to be Bauma 2019 partner country
Tuesday, March 14, 2017 Germany - Canada is one of the world’s most important markets for the international construction machinery, building material plant and mining machine industry. It is the world’s seventh biggest construction machinery market. With a volume of EUR 102bn and EUR 116bn (USD 108bn and 123bn) respectively, between them the construction and mining industries account for more than 15 per cent of Canadian gross domestic product.

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