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TAC Awards 2019
24 December, 2019
From rising starts to nationally acclaimed projects, the Tunnelling Association of Canada presents its annual awards each fall to recognize the deserving individuals and engineering accomplishments in the Canadian tunnelling sector. The 2019 awards were presented in Winnipeg on October 21.
23 December, 2019
Phil Evans, a section planner, Jose Goncalves, a tunnel sub-agent and Sean Melody, works superintendent explains how digital transformation can reshape tunnelling, showing the latest digital technologies being used by the Morgan Sindall, BAM Nuttall, Balfour Beatty joint venture delivering the west section of the Thames Tideway Tunnel
National Grid awards LPT2 tunnels contract
19 December, 2019
Great Britain – National Grid has signed a GBP 400M contract with Hochtief-Murphy JV to deliver the tunnels and shafts for the London Power Tunnels (LPT2) project. The overall scheme will cost GBP 1bn (USD 1.3bn) and take six years to complete. This is the second phase of the LPT project.
The Victorian Tunnelling Training Centre is under construction
10 October, 2019
Australia - The construction of the Victorian Tunnelling Training Centre (VTC) is set to start in Melbourne. The VTC will be located at Holmesglen Institute’s Drummond Street campus in Chadstone and will take the first students during Semester 1 over the next year.
A 40-year strategy
27 September, 2019
There are many in this industry who will say “nothing changes” in tunnelling. Obvious technological advancements, mergers and retirements aside, many times they are right.
Enrique Fernández González
16 August, 2019
Alejandro Sanz of gGravity Engineering remembers Enrique Fernández González (1960-2019)
Underground heat recovery
14 August, 2019
Matt Houchin, assistant engineer – tunnel ventilation and operations, WSP, presents this paper on the potential for heat recovery from tunnels
BTS announces Northumbria University meeting
10 July, 2019
Great Britain – The British Tunnelling Society (BTS) will hold an evening meeting at Northumbria University. The event will feature a talk on the topic: ‘Tunnelling Under 21st Century Building Structures: Bond Street Station Upgrade and the infamous case of Avon House’. Speakers will be Andy Clarke (for Costain Laing O’Rourke), Richard Totty (for Bachy) and Paul Perry (formerly of Halcrow Atkins JV.
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
Transport for London names preferred Silvertown Tunnel bidder
30 May, 2019
Great Britain – The Riverlinx consortium is set to build the Silvertown Tunnel. The group comprises Aberdeen Standard Investments, BAM PPP PGGM, Cintra, Macquarie Capital and SK Engineering & Construction.
03 May, 2019
Tunnels and Tunnelling turns 50 this month. Here follows the magazine’s first ever editorial, reprinted in tribute to the founding editor:
10 April, 2019
Paola De Pascali interviews Spanish infrastructure companies and the Spanish Association of Tunnels and Underground Works to understand how the financial crisis affected the tunnelling industry and how the companies became active abroad, getting a strong presence on the international tunnelling market.
SCL optimisation at bank – a combined lining approach
10 April, 2019
The Bank Station upgrade project made use of a combined lining system, comprising primary and secondary fibre-reinforced sprayed concrete linings. This paper highlights the design considerations for different components of the combined lining.
BTSYM holds 11th annual conference in London
04 April, 2019
Great Britain – The British Tunnelling Society Young Members (BTSYM) held its annual conference in London last month. The event, which took place for the 11th year in a row, aims to provide a platform for young engineers to share their experience and network.
HS2 signs Euston construction partner contract
19 March, 2019
Great Britain – Mace/Dragados will deliver the High Speed 2 (HS2) terminus at London Euston. It will act as a construction partner, working with HS2 and the station designers, to coordinate the building of the new station, including platforms, concourse and links to London Underground and other rail services.
IS Cambridge 2020 calls for papers
15 March, 2019
Great Britain – The 10th International Symposium on Geotechnical Aspects of Underground Construction in Soft Ground has issued its call for papers. The event will be held at Churchill College, Cambridge from 29 June to 1 July 2020.
Anthony Bauer joins HNTB
04 March, 2019
USA – Anthony Bauer has joined HNTB’s national tunnel group as national tunnel practice operations manager – west. Based in Los Angeles, Bauer will support tunnelling projects along the West Coast and broader USA.
Tunnel construction impacts on utility pipelines
12 February, 2019
The lecture was presented at the Institution of Civil Engineers on 19th January 2017. Dr. Barry New was introduced by Lord Robert Mair. This paper is based on the lecture and contains further supporting material and analyses.
Recognising the bentonite machine
24 January, 2019
Paola De Pascali visited John Bartlett following his being awarded the Frank Whittle Medal for the invention of the bentonite tunnelling machine
Tube banks on overhead crane
24 January, 2019
A major upgrade to one of the world’s oldest deep underground railways, at Bank in London, relies on a single overhead crane nestled in a side street. Positioning the crane, and the logistics of its operation, posed a considerable challenge. Will North reports from the site, and sees how the crane contributes to work below ground.