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VMT updates microtunnelling offering
18 March, 2020
Germany – VMT released it TUnIS Navigation MT system in January 2020, replacing the previous UNS gyro navigation system. From mid-2020 onwards, the associated stand-alone version based on the new MT connect optimised hardware platform will also be available, replacing the SLS microtunnelling product series.
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Aecom to provide technical assistance for the Lyon-Turin high-speed rail line
Tuesday, December 03, 2019 France – Aecom has been awarded a framework contract to provide technical support for the design and construction stages of the Lyon to Turin high-speed rail line, which includes 57.5km twin bored base tunnel between St Jean de Maurienne, France, and Chiomonte in Italy.
Progress update from Isarco River Underpass
Thursday, November 07, 2019 Italy – Salini Impregilo, Strabag, Consorzio Integra and Collini Lavori have completed 70% of the excavation work on the southernmost lot of the Brenner Base Tunnel project. This amounts to 3,800m of excavation as Tunnels and Tunnelling goes to press.
Sandvik launches new drill rig and rock drills
Tuesday, October 29, 2019 Sweden – Sandvik has launched its DT1132i drill rig and RD535 rock drill, intended for tunnelling operations, and also its RDX5 rock drill for face and long hole drilling, as well as rock bolting.
CIRIA sets out cast in-situ concrete project
Friday, October 25, 2019 Great Britain – The Construction Industry Research and Information Association (CIRIA) has issued a statement on its project to see what can be done to reduce the defects in cast in-situ reinforced concrete.
Bane NOR signs further Vestfold tunnel contract
Friday, October 25, 2019 Norway - A 10.8km-long double track tunnel between Drammen and Kobbervikdalen is set to be built on the Vestfoldbanen railway in Norway. Bane NOR has signed a contract with Veidekke Entreprenør for the construction of this rock tunnel.
Vestfold upgrade work commences
Thursday, October 17, 2019 Norway – Some 14km of new double-track railway is being constructed in eastern Norway for the upgrade of the Vestfold Line. The project calls for the construction of three single-bore tunnels, each with a cross-section of 123m3.
Humber estuary tunnel breaks through
Tuesday, October 01, 2019 Great Britain – The Humber tunnel has broken through. The drive was completed by a joint venture of Skanska, Porr and A. Hak is utilising a VMT-guided, 4.4m-diameter Herrenknecht machine.
Liebherr heavyweights work in tandem on TBM lift
Tuesday, October 01, 2019 Germany – Two Liebherr crawler cranes, an LR 11350 and an LR 11000, worked in tandem to load a TBM onto a barge at the Rhine port of Kehl in Baden-Württemberg, Germany.
Varberg Tunnel contract awarded
Tuesday, October 01, 2019 Sweden – Implenia has been awarded the design and construct contract for the twin-track rail link between Varberg and Hamra. The project notably includes tunnelled work between the city of Varberg.
Engineering Day to fight misconceptions about the profession
Friday, September 20, 2019 Great Britain – The Royal Academy of Engineering will launch its “This is Engineering” day on 6 November 2019 as part of Tomorrow’s Engineers Week, in an effort to raise awareness of what an engineer is.
Brunel Museum hosts summer reception
Thursday, September 19, 2019 Great Britain – The Brunel Museum in London has celebrated the acquisition and housing of a series of hand drawings of the world’s first TBM and associated works for the Thames Tunnel. Described as “the most beautiful Brunel collection ever to enter the public domain” the illustrations were purchased by the museum at auction last year.
Ground Characterisation and Structural Analyses for Tunnel Design
Thursday, September 19, 2019 Spain – The long-awaited English version of the ground characterisation book by Benjamin Celada and Professor Bieniawski has been published. The original Spanish version was released several years ago.
Liebherr launches battery-powered drilling rig
Monday, July 22, 2019 Austria – The deep foundations division at Liebherr has launched a battery-powered drilling rig in 2019. The first unit is currently available for hire, but as Tunnels and Tunnelling goes to press, the rig is working on a site 1km from Liebherr’s factory in Nenzing.
Normet demonstrates underground emulsion charging by battery
Monday, July 22, 2019 Finland – Normet announced in June that it had performed emulsion charging via batteries in an underground environment. The company claims that the demonstration, which was performed with its Charmec MC 605 VE SD charging rig, was a first for Europe. Normet stated that Battery charging is safer and more efficient than using the electricity grid.
BTS announces Northumbria University meeting
Wednesday, July 10, 2019 Great Britain – The British Tunnelling Society (BTS) will hold an evening meeting at Northumbria University. The event will feature a talk on the topic: ‘Tunnelling Under 21st Century Building Structures: Bond Street Station Upgrade and the infamous case of Avon House’. Speakers will be Andy Clarke (for Costain Laing O’Rourke), Richard Totty (for Bachy) and Paul Perry (formerly of Halcrow Atkins JV.
Epiroc modifies concrete sprayer
Monday, July 08, 2019 Sweden – Epiroc has made some changes to its Meyco ME3 concrete sprayer. The upgrades are to the conveying system, the water system, switching cylinders, the telematics system (Certiq, for Epiroc) and the boom base/turret.
CIRIA begins work on ground movement impact guidance
Thursday, July 04, 2019 Great Britain – The Construction Industry Research and Information Association (CIRIA) has held its first steering group meeting for the development of new ground movement impact guidance. The document, ‘P3155 – construction impact from ground movement – assessment and good practice guidance’, is due to be delivered in spring 2020.
Mike King awarded James Clark Medal
Monday, July 01, 2019 Great Britain – On 16 May Mike King was awarded the James Clarke Medal. This medal is an annual award for a major contribution to the tunnelling industry. King received the award for his work on the Tunnel Lining Design Guide.
VSM record depth at York Potash
Wednesday, June 12, 2019 Great Britain – The Herrenknecht vertical shaft sinking machine has finished its work at Woodsmith Mine, excavating the access shaft for Sirius Minerals transport system to 115m and setting a new VSM world record in the process. The previous record was 84m. The shaft will now be excavated using traditional techniques to the full 360m depth.

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