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Vermeer to expand its fully-electric HDD offering
23 December, 2020
Iowa-based Vermeer Corp has acquired electric-powered horizontal directional drilling (HDD) and fluid systems technology from Normag.

Australia’s first tunnel training centre inaugurated
22 December, 2020
Australia’s first tunnel training centre has been set up in Melbourne to enable trainees to work on the Victorian government's planned rail projects.

Excavation completed early on Dalmatian tunnel
22 December, 2020
Breakthrough has occurred 74 days before scheduled on Croatia’s strategic Debeli Brijeg tunnel which forms part of the Peljesac bridge and tunnel project designed to link southern Dalmatia to the rest of the country.

Work starts on Vienna metro expansion
21 December, 2020
A 50/50 consortium of Austria’s two largest construction companies, Strabag and Porr, has won the tender for the first phase of the expansion of the Vienna metro.

Ontario issues RFPs for Toronto subway expansion
18 December, 2020
Canada’s largest-ever subway expansion programme – the Ontario Line in Toronto – is gaining traction following the Request for Proposals (RFPs) issued by the Province of Ontario.

Heriot-Watt team plan ‘floating’ Irish Sea tunnel
17 December, 2020
A team from Edinburgh’s Heriot-Watt University has proposed a floating underwater tunnel in place of a bridge between Scotland and Northern Ireland.

Ceneri Base Tunnel opens for passenger traffic
17 December, 2020
On Sunday 13 December, the 15.4km Ceneri Base Tunnel (CBT) in Switzerland opened for passenger traffic as the 06.33 service left Zurich main station bound for Chiasso via the tunnel.

Sensor-based inspection system developed for conveyors
17 December, 2020
Technology company Continental has developed a digital AI-based monitoring solution for conveyor-belt systems which is designed to allow predictive maintenance and weak-point identification before damage occurs.

TAC presents 2020 awards in virtual ceremony
17 December, 2020
TAC – the Tunnelling Association of Canada – recently held a virtual ceremony to present its 2020 TAC Achievement Awards.

Key milestone reached at Hinkley Point C
14 December, 2020
UK-based contractor Balfour Beatty has holed through on the first of three off-shore tunnels which form part of the cooling-water system at the Hinkley Point C power station. The firm hailed the accomplishment as a key milestone in the construction of the power plant which is located in North Somerset, England.

TBM ready to start on Sarner Aa tunnel
10 December, 2020
Having completed the on-site assembly of the TBM due to bore the 6.5km tunnel of the Sarner Aa Flood Relief Project in central Switzerland, teams from Marti Tunnel are now installing the conveyor belt assembly ready for TBM excavation.

HS2 TBMs delivered to Chiltern Tunnel site
09 December, 2020
HS2’s main works contractor Align JV has announced the arrival in the UK of the first two tunnel boring machines that will start work on HS2, the UK’s high-speed rail line.

Procurement opens on Melbourne’s Suburban Rail Loop
08 December, 2020
Australia’s state of Victoria has opened the procurement process for the Suburban Rail Loop – a 90km line around Melbourne that will increase links between the city and its hinterland, and which is hailed as the biggest transport project in Victorian history.

ITA 2020 award winners announced
07 December, 2020
A virtual ceremony of the ITA Tunnelling and Underground Space Awards 2020 was concluded on Friday 4 December in place of the usual ‘physical’ event.

Crossrail’s Farringdon station reaches key milestone
07 December, 2020
Crossrail has announced that Farringdon station on the Elizabeth Line (Crossrail) is the first of the Central London stations to mark the completion of construction activity.

WSP announces acquisition of Golder Associates
04 December, 2020
Global engineering services provider WSP has announced it has entered into an agreement to acquire Ontario-based Golder Associates (GA), a leading earth science and environmental services consultant with globally-respected tunnelling expertise.

Tideway central-section tunnelling completed
03 December, 2020
Tunnelling on the central and longest section of Tideway – London’s so-called ‘super sewer’ – has been completed following the holing through of TBM Ursula into a deep shaft at Chambers Wharf in south east London.

Skanska signs Norway E16 motorway and tunnels contract
01 December, 2020
Skanska has signed a contract worth around US$336m with the Norwegian Public Roads Administration to build an 8.4km motorway and tunnels between Bjørum and Hole municipality in eastern Norway.

Another breakthrough on Pune metro
30 November, 2020
Maharashtra Metro Rail Corp and Gulermak-TATA Projects Joint Venture recently celebrated the breakthrough of a 6.61m-diameter Terratec earth pressure balance (EPB) TBM (‘Mula’) excavating the 16.56km Line 1 (Purple Line) of the Pune metro in Maharashtra, India.

Central Interceptor TBM arrives in Auckland
30 November, 2020
TBM Hiwa-i-te-Rangi arrived in Auckland, New Zealand recently after a month-long journey from the Herrenknecht factory in Schwanau, Germany, where it was assembled over a ten-month period. In early 2021, the machine will start to bore Watercare’s 14.7km Central Interceptor wastewater tunnel.