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The big conversion
12 April, 2019
Paola De Pascali spoke with Florent Detraux, tunnel construction manager at Vinci Construction Grand Projets, about the conversion of an NFM TBM to use Herrenknecht Variable Density technology on the third metro line Phase 4A in Cairo
HRBT team to build Virginia extension
18 February, 2019
US – Virginia governor Ralph Northam announced February 15 that the Commonwealth of Virginia has selected Hampton Roads Connector Partners, a design-build team, to deliver the Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel (HRBT) Expansion Project. The fixed price (USD 3.3bn) and fixed completion date (November 1, 2025) contract is expected to be executed in April.
20 December, 2018
Following reader requests, Alex Conacher visits the VIP-Polymers manufacturing base near Cambridge, UK to learn why a Cast-in gasket’s corners needs to be compressible, not ‘soft’, no matter what specifications currently say
Bessac to supply safety gallery TBM
09 August, 2018
France – Bessac is going to supply a TBM to Vinci (Chantiers Modernes Construction) to construct a safety gallery for a rail tunnel in Meudon, west Paris. The machine, a 4.4m EPBM, will be delivered in September.
Combining Two Soft Ground TBM Technologies
27 March, 2018
The development of Herrenknecht’s Variable Density TBM is detailed by Karin Bäppler, head of geotechnics and consulting for traffic tunnelling; Frédéric Battistoni, division manager for traffic tunnelling and Werner Burger, manager of the design division - traffic tunneling
RATP awards contract on future Line 14
23 February, 2018
The consortium led by Vinci Construction (Dodin Campenon Bernard, lead company; Vinci Construction France; Vinci Construction Grands Projets and Botte Fondations), together with Spie batignolles (Spie batignolles Génie Civil and Spie batignolles Fondations), has been awarded a major contract as part of the Grand Paris Express programme.
06 February, 2018
Automation of the steering and piloting for TBMs using a system developed by Vinci Construction engineers in the 1980s is continuing to deliver benefits. Bernadette Ballantyne reports
Kier and Eiffage pick up Carillion HS2 work
31 January, 2018
Great Britain - Following the total collapse of one of Britain’s largest contractors, Carillion, Kier and Eiffage have picked up its HS2 work. The companies, which were in joint venture with Carillion to deliver GBP 1.4bn of projects in the HS2 programme, confirm that they are offering employment to the 51 Carillion employees including apprentices, currently working on the HS2 joint venture.
HS2 Phase One Stage One winners announced
17 July, 2017
Great Britain - The High Speed Two project has announced the winning bidders to construct the first stage of the first phase of the project, which is split into three ‘Areas’.
Dear green place
29 May, 2017
It is the morning after Burns Night and Tunnels and Tunnelling visits the Costain-Vinci Construction Grands Projets joint venture working on the Shieldhall Strategic Tunnel project in Glasgow for client, Scottish Water. One of the main purposes is to stop the disfiguring floods in the city whose name in broken Gaelic means ‘dear green place’
Shieldhall construction halfway complete
10 May, 2017
Great Britain - Work on Glasgow’s Shieldhall project is halfway complete, according to Scottish Water. In an announcement in early May, the client said that the milestone was reached as the TBM passed under Pollok Park. The project will be the longest wastewater tunnel in Scotland when complete.
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
Washington state supreme court won't hear Brightwater lawsuit
14 September, 2016
The Washington State Supreme Court has declined to review a lower court ruling that affirmed King County is entitled to more than USD 129M in damages from a tunnelling contractor that defaulted on key contractual obligations as part of the Brightwater tunnel construction, the county announced September 12.
13 July, 2016
The Tideway Tunnel, a major new sewer that will help tackle the problem of overfl ows from the capital's Victorian sewers, has caused controversy since its initial proposal. Rhian Owen looks at the lengthy site selection process that was undertaken and the scope of work that lies ahead to bring this project to completion.
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
Fehmarnbelt conditional contracts signed
01 June, 2016
GERMANY/DENMARK - Conditional contracts have now been signed with the consortia chosen to construct the Fehmarnbelt fixed link. Following the previous announcement, pen has been put to paper. A slight delay caused the contracts to be signed at the end of May rather than mid-May, and this was due to a complaint being received.
Bids opened for Thimble Shoal tunnel project
03 May, 2016
USA - The Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel district (CBBT) received its Final Technical Proposals and Price Proposals for the Parallel Thimble Shoal Tunnel Project on April 29.
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.
Fehmarnbelt conditional contractors chosen
16 March, 2016
DENMARK/GERMANY – The preferred bidders for the Fehmarnbelt Fixed Link have been named. Client Femern said it had chosen a joint venture consisting of Vinci Construction Grands Projets, Per Aarsleff, Wayss & Freytag, Max Bögl, CFE, Bachy Solétance, BAM Infra, BAM International, Dredging International, and Cowi.
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.