New Blogs information at Tunnels & Tunnelling International New and updated information from Blogs listed on http://www.tunnelsonline.info http://www.tunnelsonline.info/ en-us http://www.tunnelsonline.info/ New Blogs information at Tunnels & Tunnelling International http://http//www.tunnelsonline.info/content/images/logo_big.gif A new era, A new look http://www.tunnelsonline.info/blog/a-new-era-a-new-look http://www.tunnelsonline.info/blog/a-new-era-a-new-look July 2021 brings a fresh new look to Tunnels and Tunnelling which has been designed to bring order, clarity and a more relaxed feel. But the changes are not just aesthetic. We have made structural changes to ensure T&TI keeps up with the times. Tue, 27 Jul 2021 07:03:12 GMT Notes from underground http://www.tunnelsonline.info/blog/notes-from-underground http://www.tunnelsonline.info/blog/notes-from-underground Persuading lay people and decision makers of the potentially life-improving benefits of subsurface developments can be an uphill task. The popular imagination has been conditioned since childhood to think of the underground in terms of being dark, dirty, unwelcoming and potentially menacing, not a place to linger in for long. This is reinforced by the influence of popular fiction and Hollywood movies such as ‘Journey to the Centre of the Earth’, and the fearful associations many of us may have with burial and entombment. So, how can the ill-informed and the sceptical be persuaded that subsurface developments can be attractive, adaptable, safe, sustainable and resilient, not only promising new urban typologies but also new ways of living? Sun, 06 Jun 2021 23:00:00 GMT Here we go again? http://www.tunnelsonline.info/blog/here-we-go-again http://www.tunnelsonline.info/blog/here-we-go-again First, there was Elon Musk who claimed to be able to increase the speed of TBM tunnelling by ten. Thu, 20 May 2021 08:52:03 GMT A tool of conservation http://www.tunnelsonline.info/blog/a-tool-of-conservation http://www.tunnelsonline.info/blog/a-tool-of-conservation Some of you may raise an eyebrow or two at the article on p29 of this month’s issue of T&TI seeing it is an extract from an arts magazine. But I make no apologies for its inclusion in this distinguished tunnelling journal. Sun, 04 Apr 2021 23:00:00 GMT Here’s to another 50 years http://www.tunnelsonline.info/blog/heres-to-another-50-years http://www.tunnelsonline.info/blog/heres-to-another-50-years In my current capacity as chairman of the Tunnels and Tunnelling Editorial Advisory Board (EAB), I was pleased to be asked by the Editor George Demetri to write this comment on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the British Tunnelling Society (BTS). Tue, 23 Mar 2021 08:21:25 GMT Making progress http://www.tunnelsonline.info/blog/making-progress http://www.tunnelsonline.info/blog/making-progress There are now around 9.5m fewer jobs in the US than before the pandemic. President Biden is planning to rebuild American infrastructure at a time of profound national crisis when he could have been forgiven for concentrating on a stimulus package which prioritised unemployment, coronavirus vaccines, childcare and other pressing social issues. Mon, 15 Mar 2021 00:00:00 GMT And the winner is… http://www.tunnelsonline.info/blog/and-the-winner-is--- http://www.tunnelsonline.info/blog/and-the-winner-is--- It was a great honour and privilege to be asked by the ITA to represent T&T on the judging panel of the ITA Tunnelling and Underground Space Awards 2020. Like many events these days, they were held virtually with the online judging completed in November and the awards presented on December 4. Fri, 29 Jan 2021 10:27:19 GMT Can Joe lift infrastructure? http://www.tunnelsonline.info/blog/can-joe-lift-infrastructure http://www.tunnelsonline.info/blog/can-joe-lift-infrastructure ‘Crumbling infrastructure’ is a term that is heard frequently in the US, particularly to describe transportation and public utilities. Perhaps ‘infrastructure crisis’ is a better term. According to the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), the US will need to spend US$4.5tr on infrastructure by 2025 to avert ‘serious economic consequences’. Thu, 28 Jan 2021 00:00:00 GMT Light at the end of the... http://www.tunnelsonline.info/blog/light-at-the-end-of-the http://www.tunnelsonline.info/blog/light-at-the-end-of-the As 2020 draws to a close, I am seeing increasing daily use of that dreadful ‘light at the end of the tunnel’ cliché which many of us in the tunnel press avoid using like the plague. It is being used not to mark the end of a long, hard year, which of course it has been for many of us, but to express hope that multiple vaccines for covid-19 appear to be a distinct possibility. Wed, 16 Dec 2020 07:31:34 GMT A great big beautiful book http://www.tunnelsonline.info/blog/a-great-big-beautiful-book http://www.tunnelsonline.info/blog/a-great-big-beautiful-book New publications are awaited with interest and expectation – at least they should be. We like to hear of new stories, ideas and interpretations. That is why the publication of a book in 2021 which celebrates 50 years of the British Tunnelling Society (BTS) should create more than just a stir in the industry. Thu, 19 Nov 2020 11:25:32 GMT