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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.

Smooth flight
03 November, 2016
Dibco-CRS holed through on a microtunnelling job through glacial till under Canada’s largest and busiest airport late last year. Nicole Robinson reports

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.

Brian Gash joins Mott MacDonald
13 September, 2016
Great Britain - Mott MacDonald has appointed Brian Gash as its highways programme director for the UK. He will be responsible for coordinating engagement with client Highways England.

Troubled waters
13 July, 2016
The Tideway Tunnel, a major new sewer that will help tackle the problem of overfl ows from the capital's Victorian sewers, has caused controversy since its initial proposal. Rhian Owen looks at the lengthy site selection process that was undertaken and the scope of work that lies ahead to bring this project to completion.

Crossing fault zones
11 July, 2016
Upon completion, Hungary’s Bátaapáti deep underground radioactive waste repository complex will provide safe final disposal for low and medium-level radioactive waste. Detailed hydrogeological observations and safety assessments revealed that the clay filled fault zones penetrated with the access tunnels play determinant role in the long-term confinement performance of NRWR, so they needed to be plugged. The analyses and support recommendation are presented in this paper. The authors are Dániel Borbély, Tamás Megyeri, and Vera Szánto of Mott MacDonald and László Kovács of Koméro

Fisher street crossover: construction of the secondary lining
08 June, 2016
Engineers working at the Fisher Street Crossrail site analyse the secondary lininginstalled for a crossover between the two main lines

Achievements and Aspirations
08 June, 2016
Last month saw a changing of the guard at the BTS, with Roger Bridge handing the Chairman’s baton over to Mark Leggett. They spoke to Sally Spencer about achievements thus far and plans for the future

Mitigation not litigation
16 May, 2016
On August 21, 2013, amidst a crowd of proud team members, "Mackenzie", the 1,500- ton (1,361 metric tons) Herrenknecht TBM completed its journey and broke into Shaft 5 of the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District's Euclid Creek Tunnel. Two years later the project is now in site-restoration and the NEORSD can reflect on what has become known as one of the most successful projects in their storied 43-year history. Michael Vitale of Hatch Mott MacDonald and Doug Gabriel of NEORSD report

Take initiative
28 April, 2016
Erik Eberhardt, the president of the Tunnelling Association of Canada (TAC), discusses current Canadian projects and the industry group’s initiatives

Britain launches segmental lining code of practice
20 April, 2016
GREAT BRITAIN – A specification for the design of concrete segmental linings was launched in mid-April. The document, “Publicly Available Specification (PAS) 8810:2016 – Tunnel Design: Design of concrete segmental linings: Code of practice” was produced by the British Standards Institute (BSI) and lead technical author Arup.

WTC 2016
01 April, 2016
Registration is open for the worldwide tunnelling event of the year, with as many as 600 unique technical presentations, short courses and breakout sessions, and more than 200 exhibitors from around the world. Here’s a look at the highlights planned for this year’s conference and be sure to visit Tunnels & Tunnelling at Booth 1215 at this year’s WTC in San Francisco.

Chris Dulake to join Mott MacDonald
30 March, 2016
GREAT BRITAIN - Mott MacDonald has appointed Chris Dulake as major projects portfolio director. Dulake is due to join the company in May and will be involved with customer engagement and “positioning Mott MacDonald for major United Kingdom and international infrastructure projects”.

Powering Peru
18 February, 2016
With a burgeoning market for hydropower development, tunnelling work is seeing an uptick in South America’s third largest country. Nicole Robinson looks at two recent projects

Mott MacDonald to design Thames Tideway East
29 January, 2016
GREAT BRITAIN – Mott MacDonald will design the eastern section of the Thames Tideway sewer tunnel in London. The section will be constructed by a joint venture of Costain, Vinci Construction Grands Projets and Bachy Soletanche.

Under the river
22 January, 2016
Tunnelling under the Fraser River in the Lower Mainland, British Columbia, is no easy task. That is what the Port Mann Main Water Supply Tunnel project team has learned over the past three years. Stephanie Fekete and Andrew McGlenn of McMillen Jacobs Associates discuss the recent tunnel completion and summarise the demands that were required in order to make this drive successful