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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 EBP 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.
Veteran TBM holes through on Tideway connection tunnel
03 July, 2020
TBM Charlotte has completed her drive on an important connection tunnel that forms part of Thames Tideway, London’s 25km-long ‘super sewer’. Holing through on 2 July 2020 at Carnwarth Road, Fulham, southeast London, the 3m-diameter machine has been mining at average depths of around 30m on the Frogmore Connection Tunnel which has been excavated in two parts.
A good dose of fibre
11 June, 2020
Steel fibre-reinforced concrete and its historic use in metro tunnels was the subject of discussion at a seminar hosted by steel-fibre maker Bekaert. Paola De Pascali reports
Banging the drum
10 June, 2020
Kate Cooksey has just assumed the chair of the British Tunnelling Society, as only the first female ever to do so. Here she talks to George Demetri about her career and aspirations for the BTS
Lifting from below
27 April, 2020
While the use of cranes underground may be limited, when they are used, specific adaptations are often required. Ian Vallely spoke to tunnelling experts about their requirements, and crane companies who’ve met these demands
Hand arm vibration
27 April, 2020
Construction puts wellness and the protection of the workforce right at the top of the agenda. Why is no progress being made on the UK’s highest reported workplace disease: hand arm vibration syndrome? This report was prepared by Reactec, which develops systems to measure the problem.
Hammersmith connection Tunnel
27 March, 2020
The September BTS meeting saw a presentation on the Thames Tideway project’s Hammersmith Connection Tunnel. The talk was presented by Peter Coppenhall of Morgan Sindall, working as the designer’s representative in Thames Tideway West, and Ed Batty of BAM Nuttall, currently working as a Tunnel Manager in the Frogmore Connection Tunnel. This report was prepared for Tunnels and Tunnelling by Rosa Diez, project director for Mott MacDonald
Thames Tideway excavation halfway complete
21 February, 2020
Great Britain – London’s new ‘super sewer’ half excavated. The TBMs boring the Thames Tideway project are 12.5km through the 25km-long, 7m-diameter project. As well as the main tunnel, a 1km-long, 3m-diameter connection tunnel is also currently under construction in Wandsworth at the western end of the project.
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
Breakthrough on Thames Tideway West
31 October, 2019
Great Britain – The first breakthrough on the Thames Tideway project took place last week at King George’s Park in Wandsworth. A 3m diameter Lovat EPBM, Charlotte, is digging the 1.1km Frogmore Connection Tunnel from Wandsworth to Fulham. The breakthrough marked completion of the 500m southern section of the tunnel and the TBM will now be lifted from the shaft, taken back to Dormay Street and placed back into the ground to tunnel 600m north to Fulham.
Morgan Sindall posts record results
04 March, 2019
Great Britain – Morgan Sindall delivered record profits in 2018. The British construction and infrastructure business saw its profitability leap by 23% from GBP 66M (USD 87M) to GBP 81.6M (USD 108M). Revenue was GBP 2.97bn (USD 3.93bn) and the order book stood at GBP 3.6bn (USD 4.76bn).
Hyperloop Challenge taken up in Britain
21 January, 2019
Great Britain – The British Tunnelling Society (BTS) has formed a task force to take on the Hyperloop Challenge. Hyperloop is a rapid transit concept that involves propelling pressurised capsules down reduced-pressure tubes across great distances at enormous speeds. The challenge is to demonstrate a means to reduce the cost of tunnelling by a factor of ten or more, and so make the Hyperloop concept viable.
TAC Directors’ Annual Reports
26 October, 2018
Each regional director for the TAC writes a report in October sharing the status of work and forthcoming projects in the five chapters across Canada
Thames Tideway connection contract awarded to Barhale
04 October, 2018
Great Britain – Barhale has been awarded a contract to intercept the West Putney Storm Relief CSO and connect it to the main Thames Tideway Tunnel. The GBP 9M (USD 11.7M) contract, which was awarded by Bam Nuttall, Morgan Sindall and Balfour Beatty, will see the construction of a series of underground structures to link the two systems.
Welsh fairy tale
20 September, 2018
Fairy tales: we all remember our favourites. Steve Mackey, chair of the Rhondda Tunnel Society may well be living his own.
05 September, 2018
Nicole Robison and Paola De Pascali look at innovative ways to bring equipment and materials from the factory floor to the bottom of the tunnel shaft
26 July, 2018
Paola De Pascali met Ben Green, delivery manager for the West section of the Thames Tideway Tunnel and Ivor Thomas, tunnel manager for the joint venture of Bam Nuttall, Morgan Sindall and Balfour Beatty, which is coming to terms with the challenges of working in confined spaces at the Carnwath Road site for the Tideway project
Morgan Sindall UNPS re-brands
01 February, 2018
Great Britain - Morgan Sindall’s Underground Professional Services (UnPS) has been renamed Morgan Sindall Engineering Solutions. The change was brought into effect on 1 January 2018.
Mammoet delivers first Tideway TBM
24 January, 2018
Great Britain - Mammoet has delivered the first TBM to the Thames Tideway Tunnel project in Central London. The machine was delivered to the 7km west section of the project. It is now in the hands of the contractor, a JV of Bam Nuttall, Morgan Sindall and Balfour Beatty.
Breakthrough on the Northern Line Extension
23 November, 2017
Great Britain - The two TBMs mining the Northern Line Extension project in London have broken through. Launched in February 2017, the two 6m-diameter EPBMs bored twin 3.2km tunnels running from Battersea to Kennington, with the second breakthrough taking place on 8 November.