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Breakthrough on Parmer Lane Wastewater Interceptor
10 September, 2019
Texas – Breakthrough on the Parmer Lane Wastewater Interceptor saw the longest rock tunnel bored by a double shield TBM under 2.5m. The machine, a 2.46m Robbins, completed the 3,475m drive with no intermediate access.
NYC DEP celebrates breakthrough on Delaware Bypass project
19 August, 2019
New York – New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) commissioner Vincent Sapienza and crews celebrated the TBM breakthrough at shaft 6B on the Delaware Aqueduct Bypass tunnel project.
Dick Robbins 1933-2019
26 June, 2019
USA - The Robbins Company has sadly announced the passing of Richard James Robbins, president and CEO from 1958 to 1993. Dick passed away surrounded by family on Thursday May 30, 2019 in Seattle, Washington, USA. He is survived by his wife Bonnie, son Jim and daughter Jennifer.
Final breakthrough at Emisor Oriente
12 June, 2019
Mexico – The final breakthrough was celebrated at Lot 4 of Mexico City’s Túnel Emisor Oriente (TEO) in May after marking the completion of ten years and 62.1km of tunnelling. The contractor, Carso Infraestructura y Construcción (CARSO) completed the drive with the last of six 8.93m diameter Robbins EPBs.
In the clear
06 June, 2019
Tunnelling below St. Louis will improve wastewater capacity and alleviate overflows, Desiree Willis, technical writer for Robbins, reports
Early breakthrough on Bheri Babai
23 May, 2019
Nepal – Crews holed through on the Bheri Babai Multipurpose Diversion Project in April 2019, one year ahead of schedule. The project, which was undertaken for the Government of Nepal’s Department of Irrigation, will supply local farmers with water throughout the dry season, as well as hydroelectricity.
Triumph in Turkey
07 May, 2019
Desiree Willis, technical writer for TBM manufacturer Robbins, discusses work on the Gerede Water Transmission Tunnel in Turkey.
Breakthrough at Galerie des Janots
02 May, 2019
France – Breakthrough was achieved on the Galerie des Janots project in April. Contractor Eiffage completed the 2.8km-long water tunnel with a 3.5m-diameter Robbins Main Beam TBM.
30 April, 2019
In just under a year, the TBM excavating the Ohio Canal Interceptor in Akron made its big breakthrough. Paola De Pascali reports on the mixed ground project.
12 April, 2019
Alex Conacher travelled to the Bheri Babai Diversion Multipurpose Project in Nepal, where, in a world first, tunnellers are driving a TBM through the Himalayan Siwalik geology. Once complete the project will unlock irrigation and hydropower potential in the region.
Breakthrough at Emisor Oriente
15 March, 2019
Mexico – A breakthrough ceremony was held at Lot 5 of the Emisor Oriente project in February. The contractor, Ingenieros Civiles Asociados (ICA) completed the 6km drive with an 8.93m-diameter Robbins EPBM. The drive required excavation through mixed face conditions, notably containing abrasive basalt.
Breakthrough on the Gerede Water Transmission Tunnel
05 March, 2019
Turkey — Excavation works on a 9km-long section of the Gerede Water Transmission Tunnel completed in December. The 31.6km tunnel, the longest water tunnel in Turkey, will go into operation in March and provide drinking water to Ankara.
01 March, 2019
Tunnelling begins this year for the City of Louisville. Nicole Robinson reports on the Waterway Protection Tunnel
A peach of a pit
24 January, 2019
Overcoming obstacles and transforming an enormous quarry for Atlanta’s Water Supply Program
Driller Mike breaks through on Bellwood tunnel
29 October, 2018
USA – The TBM excavating a new water supply tunnel in Atlanta, Georgia has broken through. The 3.8m Robbins hard rock machine named Driller Mike after local rapper Killer Mike finished excavation of the 8km tunnel on 3 October.
05 October, 2018
In extremely hard rock, finely-tuned TBM operation is the key, finds Desiree Willis
TBM launches in Hiroshima
26 September, 2018
Japan – A 13.7m diameter slurry TBM made its first cut into hard rock on September 18 in Hiroshima, manufacturer Robbins announced today.
Progress of Nepal’s first TBM
30 July, 2018
Nepal – The TBM in use on the Bheri Babai Diversion Multipurpose Project (BBDMP) achieved an advance rate of 1,000m in a month and has averaged 800m since the start of work in summer 2017.
Mumbai Metro machine arrives on site
27 July, 2018
India – One of two TBMs headed for Lot 3 of the Mumbai Metro arrived in port last month. The 6.65m Robbins XRE machine (hard rock single shield to EPB mode) will bore contract UGC-01 for Larsen & Toubro, which is in JV with Shanghai Tunnel Engineering Co.
26 July, 2018
Paola De Pascali speaks with City of Chicago engineers about the challenges of working in a dense residential area to build the Albany Park Stormwater diversion tunnel