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Dick Robbins 1933-2019
26 June, 2019
USA - The Robbins Company has sadly announced the passing of Richard James Robbins, president and CEO from 1958 to 1993. Dick passed away surrounded by family on Thursday May 30, 2019 in Seattle, Washington, USA. He is survived by his wife Bonnie, son Jim and daughter Jennifer.

Site C breaks through
26 June, 2019
Canada – BC Hydro announced June 24 it has reached a major milestone on the Site C project with a breakthrough on the excavations of the first of two diversion tunnels on June 22.

Environmental assessment released for Alexandria sewer tunnel
26 June, 2019
USA – Alexandria, Virginia, announced its preferred alignment for a deep tunnel sewer, excavated by TBM, on June 19, releasing an environmental assessment for comment through July 19.

Metro unveils Purple Line phase 2 TBMs
21 June, 2019
US - The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) joined elected officials and community members in Century City for a ceremonial naming and unveiling of its second set of TBMs that will dig twin subway tunnels between Beverly Hills and Century City, on Monday. Subway tunnelling is expected to begin in early 2020.

Brokk appoints business development manager
21 June, 2019
US - Brokk announced June 19 it has appointed Jeff Keeling as its first business development manager. Keeling transitioned from the role of Brokk’s midwestern regional sales manager to the new position earlier this year.

Final breakthrough at Emisor Oriente
12 June, 2019
Mexico – The final breakthrough was celebrated at Lot 4 of Mexico City’s Túnel Emisor Oriente (TEO) in May after marking the completion of ten years and 62.1km of tunnelling. The contractor, Carso Infraestructura y Construcción (CARSO) completed the drive with the last of six 8.93m diameter Robbins EPBs.

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.

Horizontal Directional Drilling (HDD)
07 June, 2019
Includes: Q&A with Ali Asadi (M.Eng Candidate from Concordia University’s Department of Building, Civil and Environmental Engineering)

Conditions of contract
06 June, 2019
Alex Conacher reports on the Emerald Book, published at WTC 2019

A step forward for fresh air
06 June, 2019
Fathi Tarada, managing director of Mosen Ltd, reviews a new emissions guidance report issued by the World Road Association

Restoration
06 June, 2019
Matthew Hubel, Schemmer Associates, discusses restoration for the City of Omaha’s Missouri River Water Resource Recovery Facility

In the clear
06 June, 2019
Tunnelling below St. Louis will improve wastewater capacity and alleviate overflows, Desiree Willis, technical writer for Robbins, reports

Navigating live tunnel connections
06 June, 2019
Connecting the Des Plaines Tunnel System to the McCook Reservoir is one of the latest – and more challenging – components of TARP. Report by Cary Hirner and Faruk Oksuz of Black & Veatch, and Carmen Scalise of the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago

Subsurface storage system
06 June, 2019
Underground construction in Montreal is helping the city meet increasing transit system demand. Jean Habimana, Hatch, discusses the Garage Cote Vertu project

LA Purple Line celebrates halfway milestone
06 June, 2019
US – Los Angeles' Purple Line Extension project celebrated a major milestone on June 2—the halfway completion mark for construction on Section 1, the first four-mile subway section between Koreatown and Beverly Hills, Stantec announced on June 4.

Cranes supplier details improved lifting plan for Sydney Metro
06 June, 2019
Australia – Marr Contracting supplied two tower cranes to the Sydney Metro. The tower cranes were an update to an earlier plan, which anticipated the use of crawlers. However, site congestion made this untenable.

Salt of the earth
04 June, 2019
A regular topic on the UK news is the management of roads in wintertime. This usually relates to the delivery of ‘grit’ to local authorities. But where does this ‘grit’ come from and how is it managed such that there is enough to cope with demand? At the BTS/Minsouth meeting in February, the VP of operations for Compass Minerals, Gordon Dunn, delivered a talk on the salt extraction operations at Winsford Mine in Cheshire, report by Andrew Hindmarch

Under the Northern lights
04 June, 2019
Paola De Pascali spoke with David Fossati, Nordnes project manager to explore the logistical challenges of the K01 E6 Indre Nordnes-Skardalen road project

Under the sea
04 June, 2019
Paola De Pascali spoke with Henrik Christensen, Femern technical director to explore logistics and dredging challenges behind the Fehmarnbelt tunnel

The grand Renaissance
04 June, 2019
The tunnelling sector is booming in France after some dark years. Paola De Pascali met Michel Deffayet, the chair of the French Tunnelling Society (AFTES)