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Atkins makes plans for Sweden’s first high speed rail mainline
25 April, 2019
Sweden – Atkins has been appointed by the Swedish Transport Administration to develop plans for the country’s first high speed rail mainline. The East Link project will include 30 tunnels ranging from 100m up to 6km, for a total length of 25km.
Risk management in major projects
06 February, 2018
On the 19th of October, four speakers from across the tunnelling industry gave their perspective on the management of risk in tunnelling and major infrastructure projects.
15 November, 2017
Trends in geotechnical data and software. Report by Patrick Reynolds
Upgrading bond Street
29 June, 2017
London Underground Bond Street Station Upgrade Project (BSSU) is due for completion and open to public in April. In December’s British Tunnelling Society Meeting, the project was told from the perspective of the SCL designer and the contractor working in a one team environment. Through innovation and utilising the latest technology they pushed the SCL design boundaries and developed a safe system of work by minimising the impact on infrastructure while optimising the excavation times to create necessary additional underground space. The speakers were Richard Watts, project manager, London Underground; Steve Nuttall, project director, Color; Andreas Spiegl, principal tunnel engineer, Dr Sauer & Partners and senior SCL engineer on site
20 February, 2017
A study for “Developing a Conceptual Framework for Linking Sewer Condition Assessment and Groundwater Infiltration” was completed in the summer of 2016 and highlights some of the sewerage network’s problems
03 November, 2016
The ITA’s Nordic Forum provides an opportunity for canada and other nations to exchange information. Tunnels & Tunnelling looks at projects underway in the region
Achievements and Aspirations
08 June, 2016
Last month saw a changing of the guard at the BTS, with Roger Bridge handing the Chairman’s baton over to Mark Leggett. They spoke to Sally Spencer about achievements thus far and plans for the future
Britain launches segmental lining code of practice
20 April, 2016
GREAT BRITAIN – A specification for the design of concrete segmental linings was launched in mid-April. The document, “Publicly Available Specification (PAS) 8810:2016 – Tunnel Design: Design of concrete segmental linings: Code of practice” was produced by the British Standards Institute (BSI) and lead technical author Arup.
HS2 Phase One Delivery Partner confirmed
28 March, 2016
GREAT BRITAIN – High Speed Two (HS2) confirmed the delivery partner for its first phase between London and Birmingham. The rail link will be delivered by a joint venture of CH2M, Atkins and Sener.
Meeting the challenge
14 March, 2016
A small engineering company in Essex is making a big contribution to Europe’s largest infrastructure project, Crossrail. Sally Spencer Reports.
Stonehenge design consultancy awarded
27 January, 2016
GREAT BRITAIN – An Arup Atkins JV has been appointed as the design consultant for the Stonehenge Tunnel project. The project is part of the A303 Amesbury to Berwick Down Improvement Scheme, which also includes a bypass of nearby village Winterbourne Stoke.
Arup-Atkins win Thames Tideway West consultancy
08 January, 2016
GREAT BRITAIN – Atkins and Arup will provide design and engineering services on the west section of the Thames Tideway project. The contractors for this section, BAM Nuttall, Morgan Sindall and Balfour Beatty, will tunnel 6km of 7.2m-diameter tunnel from the Acton Storm Tanks at the extreme west of the scheme, to the start of the central section at Carnwath Road.
31 December, 2015
The scale and ambition of tunnelling projects in Europe continue to push boundaries. Keren Fallwell Reports.
29 October, 2015
Construction for metro projects, with events such as the World Cup on the horizon, is driving the demand for tunnelling Qatar. Other cities in the Middle East are also investing in infrastructure development, growing the market for tunnelling across the region. Keren Falwell reports.
Excavation completes on first Riyadh Line Five tunnel
21 October, 2015
SAUDI ARABIA – Spanish contractor FCC announced last month that it had broken through into Salah Al-Din Station after a 1.2km drive with its 9.77m TBM ‘San’ah’. The total section of work, on the northern portion of the green line, comprises 5km.
Barhale awarded Elan Valley contract
21 August, 2015
GREAT BRITAIN – Barhale has recently been awarded a multi-million pound contract by Severn Trent Water to deliver three tunnelling projects and one pipeline project on the Elan Valley Aqueduct.
30 June, 2015
Constructability for tunnel designs has become an increasingly important input into project development for schemes like the new Silvertown crossing in east London, journalist Adrian Greeman Reports.
Atkins to provide HS2 BIM services
23 March, 2015
GREAT BRITAIN – Atkins has won a four year contract to provide BIM technical services to HS2, the company behind Britain’s new north-south rail link.
13 March, 2015
Atkins provides a complete service for planning and delivery of tunnels and underground construction from initial feasibility through design and construction to operation and maintenance. Design experience includes architecture, civil and geotechnical engineering, M&E, life safety and environmental services provided worldwide through a network of international centres in the UK, Hong Kong and Dubai.
First MTR caverns in 25 years open on West Island Line
12 January, 2015
HONG KONG – The West Island Line (WIL) has opened. The 3.3km-long extension to the Island Line connects three new stations: Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong University, and Kennedy Town, to the existing route at Sheung Wan Station. Kennedy Town is a cut and cover station, while Sai Ying Pun and Hong Kong University are deep cavern stations.