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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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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
IS Cambridge 2020 calls for papers
Friday, March 15, 2019 Great Britain – The 10th International Symposium on Geotechnical Aspects of Underground Construction in Soft Ground has issued its call for papers. The event will be held at Churchill College, Cambridge from 29 June to 1 July 2020.
Chelsea-Battersea tunnel nears completion
Monday, December 10, 2018 Great Britain – Work on a new tunnel under the River Thames project in Battersea Park is nearing completion. Costing GBP 18M (22.9M USD), the 330m-long tunnel will transport gas under the Thames between Chelsea and Battersea in West London. Owned by gas distribution company Cadent, the tunnel forms part of a GBP 1bn programme to replace ageing infrastructure in the UK’s capital.
Sirius Minerals announces updates to York Potash costs
Tuesday, September 11, 2018 Great Britain – Sirius Minerals has signed a design and build contract with Strabag for the remaining mineral transport system (MTS) drives on the York Potash Project. Ground and risk assessments will see the cost increasing by USD 400-600M.
Crossrail services to begin in late 2019
Monday, September 03, 2018 Great Britain – The central London portion of Crossrail will begin service in autumn next year. The schedule slip of almost a year is necessary to “complete the finl infrastructure and extensive teting required to ensure the Elizabeth line [as it will be called] opens as a safe and reliable railway.”
Heritage organisation attacks Stonehenge Tunnel proposal
Thursday, May 10, 2018 Great Britain – The International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) has sent a letter to the UK’s Highways Agency objecting to the proposed Stonehenge Tunnel. The condemnation comes after the Highways Agency wrapped up its formal consultation for the 2.9km tunnel near the famous monument.
First female Harding Prize winner
Monday, April 30, 2018 Great Britain – After 32 years the Harding prize has been awarded to a female young tunneller. “I am also proud to be the first woman to win since 1986, which is actually the year I was born,” said Leah Jacobs, who works for London Bridge Associates. Jacobs won the competition bringing her paper on “Changing the safety Culture” based on her contribution to the Waterview Connection project in New Zealand.
Terratec delivers a further four TBMs for Istanbul
Thursday, March 08, 2018 Turkey – Terratec has manufactured four 6.56m EPBMs for the ongoing expansion of Istanbul’s metro system, for a total of seven from the Australia-based manufacturer.
Whiteball Tunnel to be refurbished
Thursday, March 08, 2018 Great Britain – Murphy has been awarded a GBP 2.4M (USD 3.33M) contract for tunnel maintenance on the Whiteball Tunnel in Somerset.
BTS Tunnel Design and Construction Course 2018
Thursday, March 08, 2018 Great Britain – The British Tunnelling Society’s annual design and construction course is set to return to the University of Warwick this July. Held in the first week of the month, the course aims to cover all the major aspects of an underground project’s life and will contain worked examples and workshop sessions to allow improved interaction between delegates and speakers. It is aimed at the wide range of professional services that support the tunnelling industry, including clients, tunnel operators and members of the financial and insurance sectors that may have a vested interest in tunnelling enterprises, as well as young tunnel design and construction on engineers.
VIP Polymers announced contracts in London and Mumbai
Friday, March 02, 2018 UK – Manufacturer VIP Polymers said Tuesday it has won contracts to provide tunnel segment gaskets for two major tunnelling projects in the United Kingdom and India.

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