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Brokk acquires Aquajet
15 December, 2016
Sweden - Equipment manufacturer Brokk has bought out Aquajet, a leading manufacturer of hydrodemolition machines, primarily known for use in concrete renovation works.

Infrastructure pipe market stabilises after recent crash
15 December, 2016
Europe - The market for infrastructure pipe in Europe recorded another drop in 2015 on the previous year, but is expected to remain level in 2016. This comes from a recent report by Interconnection Consulting, a market research firm.

Work begins on National Grid’s Thames Tunnel
15 December, 2016
Great Britain - Engineers were preparing to sink 30m deep shafts at locations alongside the Thames in West London as Tunnels and Tunnelling went to press. The sites were being prepared at the Royal Hospital Chelsea, Battersea Park and ahead of construction of the 330m-long tunnel by micro TBM.

State signs off on Hampton Roads Bridge - Tunnel expansion
13 December, 2016
US - Virginia’s Commonwealth Transportation Board (CTB) unanimously approved a preferred alternative on December 7 for the I-64 Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel, which adds a third tunnel to the existing two.

Hatch opens new California offices
08 December, 2016
US—Hatch has announced the opening of two new offices to boost its presence in the United States. Earlier this year, a full service Urban Solutions office was opened in Oakland California, and more recently in Los Angeles, a new Global Centre of Excellence for infrastructure. Both offices will focus on the efficient delivery of strong-performing infrastructure, in water, transit, and energy.

New tunneling standards to be proposed
08 December, 2016
North America – The American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) is working on putting forth standards for the tunnelling industry. During a meeting held in October by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers’ Pressure Vessel for Human Occupancy (ASME PVHO) Committee, ASI Marine’s (ASI) Hyperbaric Tunneling Specialist, Jerry East was nominated and awarded a position on the Diving Subcommittee. East has extensive experience in compressed air tunnelling, commercial diving and marine construction. He will serve as both a Diving Sub-committee member and an active member of the Tunneling Task Group.

Mini Cam expands into Latin America
30 November, 2016
Latin America - Pipeline inspection equipment supplier Mini Cam has appointed its first Latin American distributor. Spain-based Mejoras Energeticas gives Mini-Cam access to markets in Argentina, Mexico, Panama, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Honduras, Belize and El Salvador.The company will also handle servicing and spare parts.

ITA Tunnelling Awards 2016
23 November, 2016
International - The winners of the ITA Tunnelling Awards were announced last month. The event, held in Singapore in November, recognised eight tunnelling projects and two individuals for outstanding industry achievement. The host nation managed to win considerable recognition in several categories.

Lee Tunnel wins at Concrete Society Awards
22 November, 2016
Great Britain - The Concrete Society recognised the Lee Tunnel project as the Outright Winner at its awards on 17 November. The project was hailed for “pushing the technical boundaries of what is possible with concrete”.

UK to celebrate second National Tunnelling Day
22 November, 2016
Great Britain - The BTS is preparing for the second UK National Tunnelling Day. Spearheaded by the society’s young members group, the event aims to “generate interest in the great number of world class tunnelling projects currently being undertaken in the UK and to promote the industry (and its many professions) to students of all ages and the general public”.

Tunnelling event cancelled without warning
21 November, 2016
Netherlands – A tunnelling conference was cancelled at the last minute this month. According to sources, a number of delegates and speakers had arrived for the Global Tunnels Safety and Fire Protection Summit only to be told by the hotel that the bill had not been paid and the organisers failed to turn up.

US Cities approve tax measures to fund transit
11 November, 2016
Voters in two Seattle and Los Angeles, two of the largest cities in the US, approved measures to further fund infrastructure development for public transit on Tuesday, November 8.

US elects Donald Trump president
10 November, 2016
Businessman Donald Trump secured more than 270 electoral college votes to become the 45th president of the United States on November 8.

Tunnelling finishes on D.C.'s Anacostia River Tunnel
09 November, 2016
US - The Lane Construction Corp, a U.S. subsidiary of the Salini Impregilo Group, together with its subsidiary S.A. Healy Co, and Parsons (IHP JV) have completed the excavation of the 12,500ft- (3.8km-) long Anacostia River Tunnel in Washington D.C., Salini Impregilo announced November 8.

Death on SW4 halts all tunnelling in Edmonton
07 November, 2016
Canada - A 44-year-old man died Tuesday, November 1 underground on the SW4 sewer tunnel in Edmonton, Alberta.

New president for Institute of Fire Safety Managers
03 November, 2016
Great Britain - Fire safety consultant Graham Green is the new president of the Institute of Fire Safety Managers (IFSM). The appointment was made at the annual Fire Sector Summit held at the Royal Academy of Surgeons in London.

TBMs ready for Lucknow Metro project
03 November, 2016
India - The TBMs set to bore the Lucknow Metro are in transit. The two 6.52m-diameter Terratec EPBMs will bore the city’s Phase 1A north-south line. The project consists of twin 1,812m-long tunnels. The TBMs will be launched and received at ramps.

Siphon Tunnel activated
01 November, 2016
US - A new water tunnel in New York connecting Brooklyn to Staten Island is now activated following a ceremony October 29. The tunnel saw years of delay following the devastation of Super Storm Sandy in 2012.

Tunnelling begins on NLE
28 October, 2016
Great Britain - Tunnelling for the first extension to London’s Northern Line since the 1960s began last month. The running tunnels towards the Kennington loop are being constructed by 15t Schaeff excavators and lined with sprayed concrete and should take about three months to build.

TBM shield lowered for Regional Connector
26 October, 2016
US - The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) held a naming and lowering ceremony for the TBM that will dig twin 1.1-mile (1.7km) rail tunnels for the Regional Connector Transit Project on October 19.