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Blanka Two
05 December, 2016
Rumblings from the City Hall of Prague suggest a new tunnel complex may be planned for the Czech capital. The story was broken in late November by the economicsfocused Prague daily newspaper ‘Hospodárské noviny’. The project hopes to complete the Prague’s inner ring road and resolve the city’s traffic problems. According to the newspaper, around CZK 80M (USD 3.14M) has been put aside for design and study preparations in 2017. Of course the Final project will be far more, around CZK 50bn (USD 1.97bn) according to early estimates.

Dust to dust
31 October, 2016
No matter, the type of infrastructure, going underground is preferable in most cases, but really the choice is made due to limited or costly surface space. The choice to go underground is a necessity to meet the demands of a growing population.

For example
28 October, 2016
sales volume in the US, overall, was down 0.2 per cent in 2015. However, the sales volume for craft beer was up 12.8 per cent in the same period. It shouldn’t be much of a surprise to anyone—prolific growth across the US for microbreweries, brew pubs, tap rooms and even home brewing has been a hallmark of the last decade.

Getting both sides
19 September, 2016
In mid-August the construction union UCATT issued a statement saying that Laing O’Rourke’s new safety policy ‘safety differently’ could erode the foundations of health and safety culture. It further argued that the company’s new director of health and safety for construction, Andy Sneddon, wants to impose detrimental views from Professor Sidney Dekker “who advocates sweeping away a lot of the detail in health and safety provision, and just concentrating on saving lives”. This, it said, neglected the impact of more minor workplace injuries on workers’ lives.

Tunnel Buzz
17 August, 2016
So the referendum came and went, and the UK looks set to leave the European Union. Emotions are high and column inches long when it comes to the topic so I won’t add my refl ections on the politics or economics of the situation here.

Information overload
11 July, 2016
Ome 40 miles from Silicon Valley, Peter Hirshberg delivered a captivating presentation on infrastructure, innovation and the Maker City to the largest gathering of the tunnelling industry in history, as one of WTC’s keynote speakers.

The lamps are going out
11 July, 2016
In light of the recent vote by the British people demanding a split from the European Union, it is hard not to think about the history of the continent. Times are peaceful now, although it does not always seem that way, and looking back even a century reveals an unrecognisable political mess. This month marks an important historical landmark as far as peace in Europe goes; it is exactly 100 years since the start of the Battle of the Somme.

Learning through doing
08 June, 2016
TODAY CELEBRATIONS are underway in Switzerland as the world’s longest railway tunnel opens. It is 1 June, and stakeholders and political figures are attending a day-long programme of events at the tunnel, prior to a festival for the people involved in the project which is due to take place tomorrow.

Looking forward
25 May, 2016
This time last year I wrote about the impressive amount of tunnelling required to solve the unanswered questions of the scientific community. In recent years, the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) has been the highest profile of these projects.

Risks ahead
06 May, 2016
BAUMA is returning to Munich this month. For those who have never been, Bauma is a construction and mining equipment trade fair held in the Bavarian capital once every three years.

Think global act local
28 April, 2016
WITH THE RETURN of World Tunnel Congress (WTC) to North America this month there is an opportunity to promote the innovation and expertise of Canada and the US to the wider underground construction industry. Here’s what you should know about North America, by the numbers.

Easy come easy go
14 March, 2016
Relief was probably the general reaction when Seattle Tunnel Partners had been given permission to resume tunnelling by the Washington State Department of Transport.

Enter the nimby
17 February, 2016
A public consultation has opened for a new road crossing of London's River Thames. The idea is for a new tunnel to the east of the city to relieve the enormous traffic strain on the existing Dartford Crossing.

Think global act local
17 February, 2016
As the magazine went to press the International Tunnelling and Underground Space Association (ITA) released statistics about emerging demand for tunnelling as well as the need to bring young engineers into the industry. The report says between 2009 and 2013 the global tunnelling and drilling equipment industry reached a 4.9 per cent annual growth rate, which will likely be sustained through to 2018. Much of this is due to demand in Asia, which had nearly half the market share in 2014.

Our best chance
22 January, 2016
THE TAIL end of 2015 saw an historic agreement to combat global carbon emissions. The hope is to keep global warming below a 2oC threshold (actually aiming for 1.5 oC) and in so doing save the planet. The 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference Agreement, better known as the Paris Agreement, or COP 21, has been celebrated by pundits and politicians worldwide, despite some of the legally binding phrasing being edited out.