Features

Our editorial board comprises a specialist group of leading industry figures who, in conjunction with the TUNNELS editorial team, identify the main drivers of the industry helping to produce regular, thought provoking opinion pieces on the latest issues, challenges and developments.

Latest Tunnels Feature

Arnold Dix – Interview
28 March, 2024
A tunneller with 100 million website hits? Unlikely, surely, but Arnold Dix is an unlikely tunneller. A tunneller is not supposed to be a successful barrister, a national icon, or be world famous....
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Embrace challenges as catalysts for change 27 March, 2024 Hagerbach Test Gallery recently helped to host some of the high-level discussions of the World Systemic Forum, a key theme of which was the value of underground environments, with ITACUS taking part. Antonia Cornaro, Co-Chair of ITACUS, and also Expert Underground Space with Amberg Engineering and lecturer on Planning of Underground Space at ETH Zurich, explains how such strategic discussions help collaboration for sustainable urban development and resilience planning
Shenzhen - Zhongshan Mega Sea Link 26 March, 2024 The Shen-Zhong fixed sea link is one of China’s most pivotal and challenging infrastructure undertakings, requiring a innovation in both the design and construction realms – including for the Steel-Concrete-Steel (SCS) composite structure of the long and wide immersed tube tunnel. The project is described by CHEN Weile, SONG Shengyou, LIU Jian, CHEN Yue, and JIN Wenliang of Shen-Zhong Link Management Center
ITA on immersed & floating tunnels 26 March, 2024 Two of the many reports from ITA in the last two years have focused on immersed tunnels and floating tunnels, respectively, through the efforts of the expert team in the area, Working Group 11 (WG11)
Innovation for major segmental tunnels 25 March, 2024 Bekaert’s Dramix® fibres have recently played significant roles for tunnel projects in two countries with major events coming soon – in France, where the Grand Paris Express subway is supporting the capital hosting the 2024 Summer Olympic Games, and in China, which will shortly host the World Tunnel Congress (WTC) 2024 and among its many large projects to be featured is Qingdao Second Road Tunnel at Jiaozhou Bay. The designs are discussed by Benoit de Rivaz, Global Technical Manager, Bekaert BP Underground Solutions
Hypertunnel – Evolution Of Testing 25 March, 2024 R&D for hyperTunnel’s robots has evolved using ‘swarm’ rather than classic individual testing to enable the system to work in underground construction environments. The approach is discussed by Conor West, Support and Service Engineer with the company
Many requirements in Sweden – one MTBM hard rock solution 25 March, 2024 An exceptional microtunnelling project in Edsberg, Sweden, posed particularly complex challenges: very hard, highly abrasive rock and no possibility of a target shaft. The solution was the newly developed AVN 800 HR from Herrenknecht in combination with jacking of a temporary steel pipe string to withdraw the MTBM. Herrenknecht’s Michael Groß, Senior Product Manager Pipe Jacking, and Lutz zur Linde, Sales Manager Utility Tunnelling, discuss the technology and its application
Robert Mair – Interview 28 February, 2024 Few in the tunnelling world are known to the general public, fewer still are profiled in a broadcast programme such as on BBC’s prestigious ‘The Life Scientific’ on Radio Four. In fact, only one has been accorded that mark of public recognition and interest – Robert Mair, Emeritus Professor of Civil Engineering at Cambridge University, and recent Master of Jesus College there, and is past-President of the Institution of Civil Engineers.
Resilient underground design and systems 27 February, 2024 The need for subsurface spaces to be more sustainable and resilient was the focus of an ITA report published last year which, in considering ‘Urban Underground Space for Resilient Cities’, looked at need, strategies, design concepts to address the challenges
Technological Innovation Drives The High-Quality Development Of The Shenzhen Metro 27 February, 2024 Under the guidance of the innovation-driven development strategy, Shenzhen Metro is undergoing a transformation in its development model, transitioning from rapid expansion to a focus on highquality development.
Delving Deep: Rethinking Underground Use 27 February, 2024 Rethinking Our Cities using the Underground Space’ was the important theme of a dedicated collaborative event hosted in Porto, Portugal, by the Portuguese tunnelling society (CPT), in Nov 2023, and moderated by ITACUS Co-chair Antonia Cornaro, Expert Underground Space with Amberg Engineering as well as lecturer on Planning of Underground Space at ETH Zurich. In this article, she describes and summarises the key points of the interesting discussion.
Norwegian tunnels stats update: 2023 26 February, 2024 Latest annual data update on tunnelling activity in Norway shows another year of higher activity overall and another year of changes in who is most active
Validity of The NTNU Prediction Model for D&B Tunnelling 26 February, 2024 A number of predictive models for tunnelling works were established some decades ago by Norwegian researchers and continuously improved to better fit modern trends. This paper examines one such model, for Drill & Blast, against a range of recent project data from across the country. The findings demonstrate that while the empirical methodology is still highly relevant some further improvements, and additional empirical relations, are suggested to accommodate 16 years of development in technology, equipment, contractual issues and blast design