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VSM record depth at York Potash
12 June, 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.
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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.
Humber Tunnel TBM passes halfway point
Friday, January 11, 2019 Great Britain – The TBM boring the 5km Humber Tunnel has completed 50% of the excavation. The contractor, a joint venture of Skanska, Porr and A. Hak is utilising a VMT-guided, 4.4m-diameter Herrenknecht machine for excavation at a depth usually around 35m below the waterway with a minimum overburden of 12m. No ground treatment is foreseen.
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.
Dr Sauer management changes
Wednesday, February 28, 2018 Great Britain/Canada – Brian Lyons will be taking over from Gerald Skalla as MD of Dr Sauer & Partners in London, UK. Skalla will be strategic director for the UK, but will focus on the Canadian market and will build up a company office in Toronto, in response to a growing infrastructure market.
Arup appoints new global rail leader
Thursday, February 08, 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.
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.
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.

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