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Alice in Auckland
18 December, 2014
Rhian Owen reports on the Waterview Connection project in Auckland, New Zealand

Antipodean Anxiety
18 December, 2014
Hailed as one of the world’s top safe-haven, value-retaining economies in recent years, New Zealand has been basking in the warm glow of a successful battle against a crash, but for how long? Rhian Owen reports

Hartbeat
18 December, 2014
Updating the John Hart Generating Station requires a new underground powerhouse. Jesse Schneider of Frontier-Kemper Constructors, ULC, and Tony Dell of SNC Lavalin Power, discuss the proposed design and construction approach for the project.

Old wine for New wine
18 December, 2014
POPE FRANCIS delivered a pep talk to the European Parliament last month. In it, he gently styled the continent as feeling haggard and elderly. No longer able to meet its challenges with vigour or vitality.

Romaine Diversion
18 December, 2014
To build a dam for the La Romaine project in Quebec, a joint venture of EBC-Neilson needed to build a river. Donald Proulx, vice president of heavy civil works and mines, business development proposals, for EBC Inc, based in Quebec reports

Old meets new
18 December, 2014
THE MAYO B project (Figure 1) arose from the need of the Yukon Energy Corporation (YEC) to increase renewable power sources and meet system-wide load demands, while ensuring that diesel consumed to generate electricity was reduced.

Tied together
18 December, 2014
Tie-in works of a tunnel twinning project in northern British Columbia required drill and blast excavation of access tunnels leading to interconnection tie-in chambers that were excavated in hard rock to within 3m of the existing pressurised steel lined penstock. Mark Kellaway and Dave Young of Hatch and Hatch Mott Macdonald and Gordon Revey of Revey Associates, Inc., explains the geometrically complex excavation undertaken during a limited shutdown period when the penstocks were depressurized.

Xe-Pian Xe-Nammoy Project TBM en route
15 December, 2014
LAOS - A double shield TBM in on its way to the Xe-Pian Xe-Nammoy Hydropower project. The project calls for the construction of two central cored rock fill dams, waterway tunnels with a vertical shaft and a powerhouse generating capacity at 410MW.

TBM arrives in LA
08 December, 2014
USA - The TBM cutterhead that will excavate portions of the Crenshaw/LAX light rail in Los Angeles arrived in late November from Germany, according to Metro Los Angeles.

Contractor pleas guilty in Toronto subway Construction Death
08 December, 2014
CANADA - The 2011 death of a worker and injury to another at a Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) subway construction site in North York has resulted in a guilty plea and a CAD 400,000 (USD 350,000) fine, the Ministry of Labor of Ontario announced on November 28.

Mai Po to Ngau Tam Mei XRL tunnels excavated
03 December, 2014
HONG KONG - The 2.35km northbound tunnel between Mai Po and Ngau Tam Mei in the Hong Kong section of the Guangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong Express Rail Link project (XRL) was completed with the successful breakthrough of the TBM last month. Penta-Ocean Construction was awarded the contract four years ago.

Putin favours Crimea tunnel option
02 December, 2014
RUSSIA - The Russian government plans to abolish a project to build a bridge to Crimea via the Kerch Strait and replace it by a tunnel, according to Oleg Savelyev, Russia’s minister for Crimean affairs.

Greek Young Members emerge with Athens Career Day
01 December, 2014
GREECE - The first activity of the Young Members Group of the Greek Tunnelling Society (YMG-GTS) enjoyed an enthusiastic industry reception. The ‘Career Day for Tunnel and Geotechnical Professionals’ was held on 28 September during the 2nd Eastern European Tunnelling Conference in Athens, Greece and its attendance of 80 professionals exceeded expectations.

Sound Transit announces second TBM launch
27 November, 2014
USA - The TBM mining light rail tunnels from the Northgate neighborhood in Seattle to the University of Washington launched on November 20.

Brierley Associates to investigate tunnel option for Minneapolis LRT
27 November, 2014
USA - The Minneapolis Park and Recreation board approved a USD 245,000 contract with Brierley Associates on November 19 to consult on potential tunnel options for the Southwest Light Rail (SWLRT) project through the city’s Kenilworth Corridor.

Forrestfield-Airport Link procurement begins
26 November, 2014
AUSTRALIA - An industry briefing was held on 14 November as the start of procurement activities for the Forrestfield-Airport Link. The project, to be located in Perth, Australia will create a rail link branching out to the airport and the Forrestfield suburb in the city’s southeast.

Tully to be awarded USD 282.5M repairs contract
21 November, 2014
USA - MTA Bridges and Tunnels announced on November 17 it plans to award a four-year, USD 282.5M contract to Tully Construction Company for repairs and restoration projects related to damages at the Hugh L. Carey Tunnel in New York caused by Superstorm Sandy.

Bouygues signs contract for Baku metro
21 November, 2014
Azerbaijan - Bouygues Travaux Publics, a subsidiary of Bouygues Construction, has signed a design and build contract worth around EUR 147M (USD 184.3M) for the separation of the red and green lines of the 28 May station, part of the metro system in Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan.

Breakthrough on Ottawa LRT
20 November, 2014
CANADA - The roadheader mining in the central shaft from the east segment to the west segment punched through on November 7, according to the City of Ottawa. At the time of the breakthrough, 48 per cent of Lyon Station cavern excavation has completed.

NEORSD awards Dugway tunnel to Salini Impregilo
20 November, 2014
USA - Italian company Salini Impregilo signed a contract to build the Dugway Storage Tunnel in Cleveland, Ohio, worth USD 153M the company announced November 10.