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What goes up
19 December, 2013
Ensuring the correct lifting strategy is vital to the success of any tunnelling project, reports technical journalist Bernadette Ballantyne.

Aecom appoint new UK managing director
27 November, 2013
Patrick Flaherty will be joining Aecom as managing director for the UK and Ireland from early next month, the company announced today.

Sweeping changes for London Underground spark union fury
22 November, 2013
Transport for London (TfL) laid out a set of changes for the operation of the London Underground (LU) this morning. Notable among these are 24-hour services planned across several lines on Fridays and Saturdays, and the closure of every ticket office in the network by 2015, reportedly costing 750 jobs.

New train design for London Underground
16 October, 2013
German engineering firm Siemens has introduced the Inspiro concept, which could be built in Britain if the Mayor of London placed an order for the new trains.

Crossrail in practice
10 October, 2013
As Crossrail, Europe’s largest civil engineering project, reaches the advanced point of construction, Simon Pugh, lead engineer in the route Control Centre for Crossrail presents to the BTS and Minsouth audience about how it is built and how it will be run

London’s Bank Station plans out for consultation
03 October, 2013
Transport for London (TfL) put the Bank Upgrade plans out for public consultation this week. The consultation will run until 8 November at

Facing the future
25 September, 2013
The population of London is expected to reach 10 million by 2030, and the future of the Underground is crucial to supporting this growth. Neil Moss, principal tunnel engineer, and Keith Bowers, profession head for tunnel engineering, both of London Underground, review possible future developments in the near future

Funding Gap
25 September, 2013
Highlights such as the Jubilee Line Extension stand out from the economic mire of the past 50 years. The second half of the 20th century was not kind to a Britain newly stripped of superpower status, or the capital’s metro, which following WW2 entered a half century of neglect and underinvestment

Going under
25 September, 2013
The growing use of microtunnelling in Ontario in the 20 years leading up to the Millennium shows the region’s underground industry keeping pace with developments worldwide. Seamus Tynan of Ward and Burke Microtunnelling presents this brief history from 1980 – 2000

War and Peace
25 September, 2013
As the world lurched into the most bloody period in history, London Underground entered a golden era of management and vision. Historian James Chappelow continues the story up to the years of decline

A Muddle or a Miracle?
25 September, 2013
The dawn of world metro construction broke less than a kilometre from Tunnels' London offices a century and a half ago. Historian James Chappelow starts from the beginning

Korean firm to build underground power plant
30 July, 2013
The state-run power supplier Korea Midland Power Corporation (KOMIPO) will build a new thermal power generation plant in northern Seoul, which is to become the world’s first-ever urban underground power facility, officials said.

Harding Prize 2013
19 July, 2013
This year’s BTS Harding Prize was awarded to David Clayton of Morgan Sindall for his paper on the TBM crossing at the Lee Tunnel conection shaft. This is part one of his paper.

London Bank upgrade awarded
15 July, 2013
Transport for London¹s (TfL) Board has approved the funding to award a contract to Dragados SA, through the new Innovative Contractor Engagement (ICE) process for the Bank station capacity upgrade project, it was announced last week. TfL has notified all contract bidders of the outcome of the procurement and started the standstill period, which will end in four days time, after which TfL will formally award the contract.

Invisible options
21 June, 2013
As urban infrastructure moves underground, SEM has proved to be a very flexible tool to construct complex underground structures. With blasting restrictions in many cities, roadheaders are providing reasonable production rates combined with low noise and vibration levels. Enrique Fernandez and Alejandro Sanz, both of Dragados, and Juergen Laubbichler of Dr. Sauer & Partners, explain why the industry should consider SEM in urban environments.

Doig to receive IOM3 award
11 June, 2013
Pat Doig, a principal project manager for Hatch Mott MacDonald based in Sacramento, California, has been awarded the prestigious International Medal by the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3) it was announced last month.

Doha Metro to have 48 stations
06 June, 2013
The 131km Doha Metro Railway will have at least 48 stations and half of the entire facility would be built underground at depths up to 50m, a conference was told on 4 June 2013.

Sprayed overbridges
06 June, 2013
SCL overbridges at tottenham court road. Andreas Feiersinger of dr. Sauer & partners, and Phillip Lea of Halcrow were the authors of this paper, which was presented at the March meeting of the british tunnelling Society

Studying stress
04 June, 2013
An extensive parametric study was performed to analyse the effect of tunnel lining stiffness on the stress distribution around shallow tunnels. Hany El Naggar and Taylor Steele of the Department of Civil Engineering, University of New Brunswick in Canada, share the results

Bond street models
16 May, 2013
Congested Bond Street Station at the heart of London's Underground is one of the key challenges for an upgrade project. Ali Nasekhian, Thomas Schwind and Stefan Pinter of Dr Sauer explain 3D modelling for the project