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Tarcisio B. Celestino – Interview
31 October, 2023
Professor Tarcisio B. Celestino is a tunneller of international renown. A past President of the ITA, he combines university professorship in his native Brazil with lecturing and Ph.D. jury work...
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Counting geoscience measures 30 October, 2023 Bentley’s subsurface specialist company, Seequent, recently published its latest report on data management trends, challenges and opportunities in geoscience
Pumped storage hydropower – helping to drive the energy transition 30 October, 2023 With the need to address the intermittent nature of renewable energy sources, pumped storage hydropower can help, says Stantec’s Greg Raines, Vice President, and Don Erpenbeck, Vice President and Global Section Leader (Dams & Hydropower). Underground construction has a role to play in pursuing that path
BIM-based ground modelling for tunnel projects 30 October, 2023 The trend for digitalisation in geotechnics and tunnelling has been spearheaded by developments in BIM. But despite advances, BIM ground modelling remains a challenge due to the inherent heterogeneity and uncertainty of ground conditions, which are difficult to describe and model. This paper presents a new concept and framework for ground modelling in BIM. It looks at state of the art use of the approaches on Austria’s Angath Tunnel project and discusses also what is required still to enable industry-wide adoption. The work on BIM ground modelling contributes to standardised and comprehensible work processes, and also gives a stronger foundation in data to support decision-making
Trenchless solutions serve Red River Valley needs 30 October, 2023 Key infrastructure to meet vital water supply needs in Red River Valley, North Dakota, were met with the help of trenchless tunnelling. The project is described by Victoria Encapera, Aswathy (Ash) Sivaram, Kurt Ronnekamp and Kayla Christopher of Black & Veatch
STUVA 2023 27 October, 2023 The STUVA conference takes place in Munich in early November and promises a packed programme with varied discussions plus a busy exhibition
Rental Solution in Stockholm 26 September, 2023 Working on two short-term subway tunnel and station projects in Stockholm, Sweden, the Italian construction company Itinera had the challenge of acquiring expensive mining equipment or find another solution. It did so through a rental deal with Sandvik that includes equipment, parts and a full-time service agreement, says Mikael Vallgren
Breakthroughs on Turkey Rail Project 26 September, 2023 A Robbins single shield machine recently successfully completed its second tunnel in challenging hard rock on the Bahçe-Nurdagi rail project, in Turkey
Updated Code on Risk Management 26 September, 2023 Earlier this year, the ITA and IMIA published the updated, 3rd edition of their Code of Practice for Risk Management in Tunnel Works
Stronger for the Next 50 Years 26 September, 2023 To help deliver on the ambitious agenda that got him elected barely 12 months ago, ITA President Arnold Dix has had a whirlwind year of near non-stop global travel. As promised to the organisation’s gathering on the occasion of the World Tunnel Congress (WTC), in September 2022, in Copenhagen, Dix planned to act fast and relentlessly in pursuit of the mission that got him elected, unopposed. Since then, he has built momentum for speedy delivery, barely stopping on the way. Here, he outlines for T&T readers what has been achieved so far and what is coming next
Helping to See the Way Ahead 26 September, 2023 Lighting technology has advanced in recent years to bring sufficient cost-effective, environmentally well-performing illumination to underground settings in support of health & safety as well as construction efficiency on projects. Darren Woodhouse, Lighting Director of LMXLED, discusses with T&T the developments and options of using LED systems in tunnel projects
AFTES 2023: Gather in Paris 26 September, 2023 Michel Deffayet, President of the French Tunnel and Underground Space Association (AFTES), outlines the key aspects and packed programme of the major tunnelling conference to be held in Paris, in early October
Extending Access Possibilities 26 September, 2023 Preassembled, needing only a small footprint and able to self-extend during shaft sinking as well as remain for permanent use afterward, XL Industries’ XE5 mechanised access lift system has worked on some major tunnel projects