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Ferrovial named 'most sustainable company'
07 August, 2020
Ferrovial, the Spain-based infrastructure services provider, has been named the ‘most sustainable company in the infrastructure sector of 2020’ by World Finance Magazine.

500 jobs to go at Aecom
06 August, 2020
In a sweeping restructuring of its business, infrastructure services provider Aecom is to make up to 500 employees redundant in the UK and Ireland. All areas of the business, including engineer roles are likely to be affected, with the process starting in October and continuing through to January 2021.

Tunnels facilitate first UK curved jacked-box structure
05 August, 2020
On 1 August 2020, UK-based Morgan Sindall broke through on the second of two tunnels on Network Rail's Werrington Grade Separation project. Advancing around 7m/day, a Lovat RM132 3.5m-diameter EPB machine has excavated two guide tunnels that form part of an ambitious civil engineering project that will see installation of the UK’s first-ever curved jacked-box structure.

United Utilities TBM progressing under M65
04 August, 2020
UK water services provider United Utilities has started boring a new wastewater pipeline beneath the M65 motorway at Darwen in Lancashire, northern England. The project forms part of the £150m Blackburn and Darwen wastewater upgrade scheme.

Private partner sought for new Sydney Harbour tunnel
03 August, 2020
The government of New South Wales (NSW), Australia is seeking a partner from the private sector to help deliver the Western Harbour Tunnel. Construction of the 6.5km twin-bore immersed tube scheme is expected to start after 2022. When completed, it will be the second road tunnel under Sydney Harbour.

ITA requests WTC2020 refund increase
30 July, 2020
Following the pledge made by the Institute of Engineers Malaysia (IEM) to refund 70% of monies received from registrants for the now cancelled WTC2020 conference, the ITA is now urging the IEM to reconsider and increase the level of refund.

Tideway TBM parts lowered for assembly
30 July, 2020
Greenwich pumping station recently saw the delivery of the tail can and cutterhead of the TBM that will excavate the 4.5km-long Greenwich Connection Tunnel which will link much of southeast London to the main Tideway ‘super sewer’ currently under construction.

Coronavirus infections force segment plant closure
29 July, 2020
A rise in the number of workers testing positive for the coronavirus has forced infrastructure provider Balfour Beatty to close its state-of-the-art concrete segment plant at Bristol Port Dock in Avonmouth, England. The site, which will be closed until further notice, makes segments for EDF’s Hinkley Point C nuclear power project.

HRCP making good progress on HRBT scheme
29 July, 2020
Preparations are well under way in Norfolk, Virginia for the expansion of the Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel (HRBT) scheme – the largest transportation project ever undertaken by the Virginia Department of Transportation.

Laos tunnel completed following severe deformations
27 July, 2020
Excavation has been completed on the 7km Houay Phoulai Tunnel in northern Laos following a difficult bore which saw daily deformations of supporting steelwork in excess of 100mm.

Country barn aims to placate HS2 opponents
24 July, 2020
On the surface, it is a functional, rustic, country barn set back from the road and in harmony with its bucolic setting. A closer inspection reveals not a barn at all but a headhouse for an HS2 tunnel ventilation shaft.

Significant water ingress forces Lötschberg refurbishment
23 July, 2020
Completed in 2007, the 34.6km Lötschberg Base Tunnel, Switzerland continues to see ‘unexpected’ water ingress which operator BLS is seeking to address as soon as possible to prevent deterioration. A mix of sand and water from mountain run-off have forced the company to submit construction plans to the Swiss Federal Office of Transport for approval.

WSDOT continues decommissioning of former SR99 tunnel
22 July, 2020
Infill operations are continuing on Seattle’s Battery Street Tunnel (the old SR99 highway tunnel) which was rendered obsolete – along with the Alaskan Way Viaduct – when the city’s new SR99 tunnel opened 18 months ago.

Syntony GNSS
21 July, 2020
Syntony GNSS designs and manufactures satellite-based positioning solutions for Aero, Space and Transportation industries. To improve safety in tunnels, Syntony offers solutions to extend GPS coverage underground and also work on receivers to upgrade their precision.

Largest-ever Euro TBM completes drive
21 July, 2020
TBM-maker Herrenknecht announced on July 17 that one of its TBMs – hailed as the largest ever built in Europe – had holed through in Italy in June. The 15.87m-diameter machine started tunnelling through the Apennine Mountains in June 2017 and has excavated 7.5km, with advance rates of up to 122m/week.

Migrating to online
20 July, 2020
I heard a rumour on the grapevine recently (which thankfully proved false) that a highly-respected school of tunnelling was to withdraw its MSc programme.

Strabag consortium wins eight-tunnel Bulgarian contract
20 July, 2020
Austria-based construction group Strabag and consortium partner GP Group AD have won an order for the construction of an 11.2km railway line and eight tunnels in Bulgaria.

UK tunnel sector mourns Alan Gimbert
17 July, 2020
The British Tunnelling Society (BTS) is saddened to announce the recent passing of Alan Gimbert, who died peacefully at home, aged 79 following a 10-month battle with cancer.

New tunnelling resource for students
17 July, 2020
UCA has announced the creation of a new web-based educational resource called ‘Down for That’ which aims to be a one-stop resource for students, but also for professors and industry professionals.

India plans new strategic underwater tunnel
17 July, 2020
India’s government has given approval ‘in principle’ for a 14.8km-long twin-tube dual-lane road tunnel that will pass under the Brahmaputra River in Assam. Construction will be in three phases and is expected to begin in December 2020.