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Underground space group formed in the UK
11 December, 2015
GREAT BRITAIN – A new group for the intelligent use of underground space has been formed in London. Billing itself as the ‘Multi-disciplinary Activity Group for the Use of Underground Space’ (Mag2us), it has held two meetings since its formation in September.

Fit for purpose
30 October, 2015
An expanded concrete lining was suffering in void-filled, desiccated Lambeth Group geology, before London Underground intervention to re-line the operational tunnel with SGI saved the day. Alex Conacher speaks to LU’s lead tunnel engineer and CDM designer/coordinator Neel Goorvadoo.

Fortune telling
13 October, 2015
In the Tunnels and Tunnelling Offices we keep heavy, hardback copies of every issue going back to the first edition in 1969. And it's interesting to look back and see how the tunnelling industry, as well as the wider world, has changed through the decades. One Editor's Comment from the 1980s prophesises that manufacturing in the US is finished because of a strong dollar; another from the late 1990s asks how long the West can continue to financeAsia. And earlier than that there's a lot of ink spent in fearful speculation about the fate of the Channel Tunnel.

Bond street takes on the crowds
25 August, 2015
A GBP 320M (USD 490M) upgrade of Bond Street London Underground station will add much needed capacity prior to Crossrail’s arrival in 2018. Sally Spencer reports

Holding out for a hero
27 July, 2015
As I write this comment the Greek banks have closed. Accounts, and non-internal payments for the majority of account holders have been frozen and queues of people are lining up on the high streets to withdraw no more than EUR 60 (USD 66.88) per day. Some hours from now it is due to repay EUR 1.6bn (USD 1.78bn) to the International Monetary Fund (IMF), but it has just requested a new two-year EUR 29.1bn aid deal from a bailout mechanism that is in place for Eurozone countries.

Silvertown constructability
30 June, 2015
Constructability for tunnel designs has become an increasingly important input into project development for schemes like the new Silvertown crossing in east London, journalist Adrian Greeman Reports.

Bond Street awarded environmental award
05 June, 2015
GREAT BRITAIN - The Costain Skanska joint venture (CSJV) team working on the new Bond Street Station project (C412) has won a Green Line environmental award from Crossrail.

The role of inverse analysis in tunnel design
20 May, 2015
In this paper, Angelos Gakis, Stephen Flynn, Ali Nasekhian, and Panagiotis Spyridis, all of Dr Sauer & Partners look at the use of inverse analysis of finished tunnel structures, and the verification of models in modern tunnel design. this article also uses the underground structures of crossrail’s Farringdon Station in london, UK as a case study to illustrate the process

A tribute to Myles
20 May, 2015
Myles O’Reilly is retiring as chairman of the Tunnels and Tunnelling Editorial Advisory Board (EAB). Holding a seat from the Board’s first meeting, Myles was appointed chairman in 1981. In honour of decades of service to the industry, he was awarded the James Clark Medal in 1998. His longstanding colleague and fellow EAB member Barry New has written a tribute

Settlements above tunnels in the United Kingdom – their magnitude and prediction
20 May, 2015
This paper was first published in 1982 by Myles O'Reilly and Barry New with conference proceedings printed by the Institution of Mining and Metallurgy. Following Myles's retirement from the Advisory Board of Tunnels and Tunnelling this month, it is reprinted here in appreciation of his many years of support

Funding packet announced for Melbourne Metro
30 April, 2015
AUSTRALIA – The Labor Government has announced AUD 1.5 billion to cover all anticipated planning, design and significant early works ahead of major construction of the Melbourne Metro Rail Project in 2018.

Northern Line Extension TBMs ordered
23 March, 2015
GREAT BRITAIN – The contract to manufacture the Northern Line Extension TBMs has been awarded. London Underground (LU) announced this month that the contract had been awarded to NFM Technologies.

High tide
25 February, 2015
It’s an exciting time for the International Tunnelling Association (ITA) leadership. With growing international acceptance that climate change is affecting the world, there are two outcomes. Firstly, governments try to change the habits of the planet to slow the pace of a changing biosphere. This is a boost to the demand for tunnelling on the larger scale; governments looking for low-carbon per capita means of transportation, for example. Metro networks rather than private car ownership.

London’s underground paths concept wins award
20 February, 2015
GREAT BRITAIN – A concept for a network of subterranean pedestrian and bike paths has won a London Planning Award. Topping the ‘Best Conceptual Project’ category, The London Underline project would run through disused London Underground tunnels and other unused infrastructure.

Are we there yet?
29 January, 2015
Moving materials to a jobsite in the centre of a major city or hauling TBM components up steep mountainous routes has its challenges, which can affect a project’s cost and timescale. Rhian Owen investigates the increasing importance of an effective logistics system from the beginning.

Old dogs teach new tricks
13 January, 2015
BY NOW it's an autumn tradition in the UK. The leaves are turning, the daily commute has the added pleasure of the _ u virus, and a study has warned that we face a critical shortage of engineers.