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BTS D&C course
30 December, 2015
Alex Conacher attended the BTS Tunnel Design and Construction Course in June this year for a weeklong crash course in tunnelling

Improved safety measures in road tunnels for people with reduced mobility
30 December, 2015
Having previously examined (in the August issue of Tunnels and Tunnelling International) what constitutes a person with reduced mobility in terms of a road tunnel evacuation, outlined the legal position on provision, and highlighted the very real barriers disabled person’s face in tunnels, Mouchel’s Peter Bishop and Imtech Traf c & Infra UK’s Ali Mahdmina now turn their atttention to the design, procedural and technological solutions that can improve and enhance the current position

Woodhead Pass Tunnel
28 December, 2015
The UK is contemplating the pros and cons of constructing the world’s longest road tunnel. Not yet named, it would be an improvement of the A628 connection between Sheffield and Manchester, located in the Peak District, a hilly National Park in the North of England.

Social media success for National Tunnelling Day
18 December, 2015
GREAT BRITAIN – The first UK National Tunnelling Day was held on 3 December 2015. Launched by the British Tunnelling Society Young Members, the “aim was to engage people from all walks of life about the cool and interesting tunnelling projects that are in the UK” according to former BTSYM chair Eoin O’Murchu.

Ground freezing expert honoured by university
17 December, 2015
USA – Joseph Sopko will be recognised as a Distinguished Alumnus by Michigan State University’s Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. Sopko, who is director of ground freezing for Moretrench, attended the university’s Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and received a Bachelor of Science (1980), a Master of Science (1983) and a Ph.D. (1990) in Civil Engineering. He has since devoted his career to specialising in ground freezing technology.

11 December, 2015

Swiss Society of Engineers & Architects (SIA)
11 December, 2015

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Hidrostal Ltd
11 December, 2015

Association of Specialist Underpinning Contractors
11 December, 2015

Williams Form Engineering Corporation
11 December, 2015

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Gidrospetsproekt Ltd
11 December, 2015

Sycons Ltd
11 December, 2015

Alpine Sales and Rental Corporation
11 December, 2015

Strabag set to complete Züblin takeover
11 December, 2015
AUSTRIA – Contractor Strabag has announced that it expects to agree terms for a complete takeover of Züblin. Currently the majority shareholder, it announced that an informal agreement has already been reached covering the core requirements of the deal. Although all parties have agreed not to disclose the specifics at this time.

Underground space group formed in the UK
11 December, 2015
GREAT BRITAIN – A new group for the intelligent use of underground space has been formed in London. Billing itself as the ‘Multi-disciplinary Activity Group for the Use of Underground Space’ (Mag2us), it has held two meetings since its formation in September.

Stonehenge Tunnel enjoys heritage support
11 December, 2015
GREAT BRITAIN – A film has been released promoting the benefits of a tunnel to bury the A303 road; the route that passes Stonehenge, Britain’s most famous Neolithic monument. According to local newspaper the Salisbury Journal, Historic England, the National Trust and English Heritage produced the film.

Acciona-led JV named preferred proponent for Site C civil works
03 December, 2015
CANADA – BC Hydro has selected Peace River Hydro Partners as the preferred proponent for the Site C main civil works contract, it announced November 25. Peace River Hydro Partners include Acciona Infrastructure Canada Inc., Petrowest Corporation and Samsung C&T Canada Ltd.

International Tunnelling Association Awards
02 December, 2015
INTERNATIONAL - The ITA awarded its inaugural Tunnelling Awards on November 19, in Hagerbach Switzerland.