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Grand Paris Express - TBM Awa ready to start for West section of Line 18

On Wednesday 29 May 2024, the Société des grands projets christened Awa, the latest TBM for Line 18.  In June, Awa will start digging - from the future Guyancourt station - a 6.7 ... More Information

Grand Paris Express – Excavation of Line 16 completed

Grand Paris Express – Excavation of Line 16 completed

After more than four years of work and the use of seven TBMs, the tunnel of Grand Paris Express Line 16 is now fully excavated.  On Monday, 26 February 2024, the TBM Houda reached the Mare au ... More Information

France - FAT passed for TBM Berthe de Puybusque for the Toulouse metro line C

A new milestone was reached on Thursday 25 January, with the factory acceptance of the Berthe de Puybusque TBM at Thieux. It will then be transported to the Line C worksite at La Vache during ... More Information

Francia/Grand Paris Express - Major Breakthrough Achieved on Line 6 Tunnels

Francia/Grand Paris Express - Major Breakthrough Achieved on Line 6 Tunnels

On November 6, 2023, a significant milestone was reached as the TBM (Tunnel Boring Machine) named Houda successfully broke through, marking its entry into the future Sevran - Livry station on Line 6 ... More Information

New breakthrough for TBM Houda

New breakthrough for TBM Houda

On the 29/05/2023 TBM 7, named Houda, broke through at the Becquerel manufact in Sevran, Lot 2, Line 16, as part of the Grand Paris Express route. The contractor consortium is NGE - BTP - Webuild. ... More Information

Grand Paris Express - Updates

Grand Paris Express - Updates

Line 17  - On Monday 14th  November at 5 pm the TBM Dorine - 120 m long and weighing over 1,000 t – brokethrough at Line 17’s Rolland manufact in Le Bourget at a depth of 26 m, ... More Information

STM will be at WTC 2022 in Copenhagen

STM will be at WTC 2022 in Copenhagen

Press release - Next week, in Copenhagen, from the 2nd until the 8th September “WTC 2022” the World Tunnel Congress will take place.   We are thrilled to let you know that STM will ... More Information

Grand Paris Express - July Updates

Grand Paris Express - July Updates

Line18  - Last week the TBM Céline reached the Grande Ceinture manufact for the Grand Paris Express’s Line 18.  A symbolic first step in its underground journey to join ... More Information

Grand Paris Express - TBM Maud installs its first ring for Line 16

Another milestone has been reached on the construction site of line 16, lot 3 in Champs-sur-Marne in Ile-de-France! Last week TBM Maud, named in honor of Maud Tallet, mayor of ... More Information

Grand Paris Express - First breakthrough on Line 18

Grand Paris Express - First breakthrough on Line 18

On 25/04/2022 the TBM Caroline reached the future Antonypole station in the Antony municipality for Line 18, of the Grand Paris Express project. The TBM - launched in December 2021 from the Marechal ... More Information

Grand Paris Express - Final Breakthrough for TBM Armelle

Grand Paris Express - Final Breakthrough for TBM Armelle

TBM Armelle has reached its final destination at the Hugo manufact at Ville du Blanc-Mesnil on Line 16 for Grand Paris Express. The machine, launched from the Braque shaft in Aulnay-Sous-Bois, ... More Information

Grand Paris Express - last TBM on Line 16

Press release - On 30/03/2022 at the construction site near Noisy-Champs station the name of the last TBM for Line 16 was unveiled.  In keeping with tradition, the tunnel boring machine was ... More Information

TBM Mireille breakthrough for the Line16 of the Grand Paris Express

TBM Mireille breakthrough for the Line16 of the Grand Paris Express

On 29/03/2022, TBM 8, christened Mireille, which had left Chelles less than a year ago, reached its first milestone by entering the future Clichy - Montfermeil station on Line 16 of the Grand Paris ... More Information

Grand Paris Express – TBM Dorine almost ready for second departure from the Verdun shaft

Grand Paris Express – TBM Dorine almost ready for second departure from the Verdun shaft

On 30 August 2021, after 6 months of excavation at a depth of 20 m under the municipality of Bourget and the simultaneous installing of the tunnel lining, the TBM Dorine arrived at the Rolland shaft ... More Information

Grand Paris Express - December updates

Grand Paris Express  - December updates

Line 15 South - The excavation of this line involved 10 TBMs, which installed 128,000 segments and 18,500 rings. In 2019 TBM Steffie-Orbival was the first machine to complete its section, followed ... More Information

Breakthrough for TBM Armelle on Line 16

On 24/11/2021 Eiffage Genie Civil celebrated the breakthrough of TBM Armelle in Le Blanc-Mesnile  station, Line 16, Grand Paris Express. Click here for the video, here and fr/127 for tunnel ... More Information

Line 15 South -TBM Laurence reaches the Fort d'Ussy - Vanves - Clamart station

Line 15 South -TBM Laurence reaches the Fort d'Ussy - Vanves - Clamart station

There's a new arrival on Line 15 South of the Grand Paris Express, after Camille in July and Aby last month, TBM Laurence has now completed its drive!   On 11/09/2021 TBM Laurence – ... More Information

Latest News from Grand Paris Express Project

Latest News from Grand Paris Express Project

Line 15 East  - Over night between the 6th and 7th of October, the head of TBM Sarah (almost 150 t) was transferred from the Finot structure in Saint-Ouen to the Agnes shaft in Aubervilliers, ... More Information

Grand Paris Express - End of the tunnel for TBM Aby!

Grand Paris Express - End of the tunnel for TBM Aby!

TBM Aby has broken through at the Villejuif Louis-Aragon station on Line 15 South.  The TBM - that last March crossed the Vitry Centre Station - completed the 4.3km tunnel from the Arrighi ... More Information

Grand Paris Express –Line 18

On the 16/10/2021 an open day will be held from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. for the launch of a new TBM for Line 18. This will be the second TBM  for Line 18, whose name will be revealed during the site ... More Information

Grand Paris Express - TBM Dorine reaches Rolland!

On the 30/08/21 at a depth of 266 m the TBM Dorine completed its first tunnelling drive at Rolland! The TBM was launched last February from Verdun, and crossed the future Grand   Paris ... More Information

Grand Paris Express - New Breakthroughs in July

Grand Paris Express  - New Breakthroughs in July

Line 15 South - End of excavation for TBM Camille - TBM Camille, launched from the Creteil l’Echat station in October 2019 and after 4.2km - reached Salengro (Champigny-sur-Marne) on Line 15 ... More Information

Cipa in France

Cipa in France

Since 2018, the Paris metro has seen and continues to see Cipa working on the project. Cipa Italia, plays a leading role in the implementation of transport improvements and the strengthening of ... More Information

Grand Paris Express updates

Line 15 South  - On 06/04/2021 TBM Ellen reached the Arcueil – Cachan station, after 700 m from the Robespierre pit at Bagneux as part of the Grand Paris Express ... More Information

Grand Paris Express - Line 15 South - TBM Aby reaches Vitry Centre station

Grand Paris Express - Line 15 South - TBM Aby reaches Vitry Centre station

Last week TBM Aby broke through at the Vitry Center station on Line 15 South, on the Grand Paris Express. The TBM was first assembled and then launched in  June 2019 by the  Consortium ... More Information

Grand Paris Express - TBM Mireille

The 8th TBM for the Line 6 of Grand Paris Express has been named Mireille, in honor of Mireille Agletiner, a retired professor  involved in the city’s community life.   The ceremony ... More Information

Grand Paris Express - Line 15 South - Aby, Marina and now Dieneba!

Grand Paris Express - Line 15 South - Aby, Marina and now Dieneba!

At the beginning of February the Grand Paris Express held an inauguration ceremony  for the last TBM for Line 15 South. The event was attended by everyone in the team from the Horizon joint ... More Information

Grand Paris Express updates - Line 16

Grand Paris Express updates - Line 16

Line 16 (27.5 km) of the Grand Paris Express project will be entirely underground and three works lots are planned with the use of 8 TBMs. The works’ are scheduled to finish in 2030. Lot 2 - ... More Information

Grand Paris Express - New milestones

Grand Paris Express - New milestones

Line 15 South -  On the 08/12/20, after a 4 km drive between the Robespierre shaft (in Bagneux) and Fort d ' Issy - Vanves - Clamart, TBM Ellen began driving a further 700 m section of the ... More Information

Grand Paris Express - New breakthrough on Line 15 South

Grand Paris Express  - New breakthrough on Line 15 South

After 3.4 km of excavation, the Amandine TBM arrived at Villejuif Louis-Aragon. The TBM began tunnelling in April 2019, it broke through at the underground enclosure of the future railway station ... More Information

Several milestones for the Grand Paris Express

Several milestones for the Grand Paris Express

TBM Ines, began its journey from the Verdun shaft  at La Courneuve on the 11/08/2020, and has now reached Le Bourget RER station for Line 16.  The TBM – which is 100 m long and ... More Information

Grand Paris Express Line 14 South updates

Grand Paris Express Line 14 South updates

TBM Koumba breakthrough at the Pont de Rungis station   On 17/09/2020 the GIE NGE GC / Impregilo Joint Venture with the TBM Koumba achieved another milestone for the Grand Paris Express ... More Information

Breakthrough for the TBM Armelle on Line 16

Breakthrough for the TBM Armelle on Line 16

TBM Armelle, a TBM on the Grand Paris Express Line 16 has broken through. The TBM was originally launched from the Georges Braque shaft in October 2019 and broke through in Aulnay-sous-Bois after ... More Information

Grand Paris Express update

Grand Paris Express update

In July TBM Sarah was launched from its shaft at Aubervilliers for its journey towards the Saint-Denis Pleyel station. It will arrive at the Finot site at Saint-Ouen-sur-Seine and then it will drive ... More Information

Grand Paris Express - Breakthrough for TBM Koumba

Grand Paris Express - Breakthrough for TBM Koumba

On 20/07/20 the TBM Koumba arrived at the future Europa service facility in Orly on the extension of line 14 south: click here for the video.  The TBM will resume excavation in about two ... More Information

Grand Paris Express tunnel works restarted

 Grand Paris Express tunnel works restarted

Line 15 - On 18/06/20 the TBM Amandine, who started out from the Arcueil Cachan station (Line 15, lot T3C), broke through the wall of the future Villejuif IGR (Institut Gustave Roussy) station. The ... More Information

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Amtrak awards construction contract for East River Tunnel rehabilitation

The $1.6 billion project calls for demolishing all existing tunnel systems down to the liner, then restoring both tubes. During the project, one tube ... More Information

Strabag in €110 million deal to equip transalpine tunnel

Austrian contractor Strabag has won a €110 million (US$120 million) to equip a transalpine tunnel linking Austria and Slovenia... More Information

19 tunnel boring machines for Manila subway set

A close-up of the tunnel boring machine head, with a diameter of 6.9 meters. ... The first cutter head of the first tunnel boring machine (TBM), named ... More Information

$16 billion Gateway Tunnel Project gets federal funding boost after years of delays

The $16.1 billion project includes a new rail tunnel linking New York and New Jersey — and is set to be open by 2035 ... More Information

Preferred bidder announced for second tunnelling contract

The global consortium of WeBuild S.p.A, GS Engineering and Construction Australia and Bouygues Construction ... Tunnel Project, North East Link ... More Information

Bechtel Picked as CM for $12.7B Single-bore BART Extension

Officials with the VTA are aiming to begin major construction and tunnelling for the $12.7-billion BART Silicon Valley Phase II Extension Project next ... More Information

Stonehenge could be put on world heritage danger list over tunnel plan

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has recommended that Stonehenge be listed as ‘World Heritage in Danger’ due to the A303 upgrade scheme and is ... More Information

World’s longest railway tunnel to reopen after a year

The tunnel closed on 10th August last year following the derailment of a freight train, and SBB has since been pushing ahead with repair work... More Information

Afcons Infrastructure Wins Bid for Thane Tunnel Project

Afcons Infrastructure secures the L1 bid for a tunnel project in Thane, marking a significant milestone in infrastructure development. More Information

Kolkata Metro: D-Wall's Construction Work At Victoria Metro Station Is Advancing Swiftly

For the tunnelling work of the stretch from the Khidderpore to Park Street stretch of this Corridor, two Tunnel Boring Machines (TBM) will be deployed ... More Information

K2D Skøyen – Vækerø

Implenia has been awarded the contract for section K2D Skøyen - Vækerø, which is part of the entire Fornebu line that will be completed in 2030... More Information

Massey Tunnel replacement project hits design-build proposal stage

Tunnel replacement project has finally hit the design-and-build proposal stage. The Transportation Ministry announced Wednesday that three bid ... More Information

Barhale wins £36m East London sewer remediation

Thames Water has appointed Barhale to deliver essential remediation works on a Victorian gravity sewer as it passes above the Jubilee Line and Docklands Light Railway in East London... More Information

Reaping Rewards From Continuous Innovation

In boring underground tunnels for Malaysia's MRTs, Gamuda developed the world's first autonomous tunnel boring machine (A-TBM), utilizing in-house ... More Information

5 of the longest tunnels in the world and how they were built

Since the invention of the tunnel boring machine in 1853, engineers have used advanced technology to drill, blast, and bore into the earth. From ... More Information

Femern - inauguration of the first tunnel element

We are pleased to announce that H.M. King Frederik X will take part in the inauguration of the first tunnel element on the construction site on 17 June. H.M. King Frederik X will arrive at ... More Information

HOCHTIEF-MURPHY Joint Venture (HMJV)

A busy first half of the year on the HOCHTIEF-MURPHY Joint Venture (HMJV) Package 5 Headhouses & M&E contract on National Grid’s LPT Phase 2... More Information

Tesla Cybertruck escorts Boring Co's Prufrock-3 tunnel boring machine

The Boring Company's Prufrock-3 tunnel boring machine (TBM) recently completed a tunnel to Giga Texas, and in true Elon Musk fashion, ... More Information

Kazakhstan’s First Automobile Tunnel and Largest Bridge to be Completed this Year

As reported by the Kazakhstan’s Ministry of Transport, Kazakhstan’s first automobile tunnel through the Shakpak Baba Pass and the country’s largest bridge over the Bukhtarma Reservoir ... More Information

HRBT Expansion Project hits big milestone, could be on track for early completion

The tunnel boring machine, known as Mary ... construction of our two new bored tunnels,” said Project Director Ryan Banas... More Information

TBMs Pass Factory Test For Lesotho Highlands Water Project

A team of engineers and tunnel experts from the Lesotho Highlands Development Authority (LHDA) together with consultants and contractors working on the Polihali transfer tunnel recently ... More Information

Royal Cargo opts for Goldhofer heavy transport equipment

It has also been in action moving tunnel boring machines (TBM) for the Metro Manila Subway project ... machine part posed a significant challenge due ... More Information

Tunnel breakthrough on NI Water's £7.8M Portadown wastewater project

The tunnel boring machine excavated roughly 1,000m3 of material, which would have risen to 8,000m3 of spoil with a more traditional open-cut method. More Information

The Boring Company announces Cybertunnel at Tesla Texas HQ

In January, the company's latest tunnel boring machine (TBM), Prufrock 3, was first spotted near Tesla's Giga Texas. Prufrock-3 has ... More Information

How do you build tunnels and bridges underwater?

Underground construction usually uses powerful tunnel-boring machines to excavate soil directly. This machine is often called a mole for a reason. More Information

Five Huge New Construction Projects Coming To The US

A spokesperson for the project told Newsweek: "The Hudson Tunnel Project is a generational investment that is expected to create 95,000 new jobs and ... More Information

Chennai Metro Corridor 3: Adyar River Tunnel Work Hampered By Geological Setbacks

For the stretch between Greenways Road and Adyar, CMRL engaged two TBMs, 'Kauvery' and 'Adyar.' These machines were launched from Greenways Road ... More Information

French and Danish firms to build Valby 'cloudburst tunnel'

The underground tunnel will be 2,380m long and will be constructed as a drilled tunnel with an internal diameter of 3.4m. The tunnel will have the ... More Information

Howard's approved budgets include $44.9M for Ellicott City tunnel

The Howard County Council has approved a $2.4 billion operating budget for fiscal 2025, along with a $413 million capital construction budget that ... More Information

DC Water Breaks Ground On Potomac River Tunnel Project

DC Water on May 21 hosted a groundbreaking ceremony to officially commence construction activities for the Potomac River Tunnel Project... More Information

Silvertown Tunnel portal connections completed

A complete transformation of the tunnel shape was needed to connect the circular tunnel boring machine (TBM) constructed ... More Information

The $4BN Tunnel to Save Stockholm - The B1M

Above: A tunnel entrance under construction. When it completes in 2030, the $4BN project will be one of the longest road tunnel systems in the world. More Information

OHLA awarded the Gjønnes tunnel in Norway for nearly 160 million euros

The Norwegian Public Roads Administration (Statens Vegvesen) has awarded the company the design and construction of the Gjønnes tunnel for 156 ... More Information

Utilities tunnel dug through 'challenging' ground conditions under River Tees

Main contractor Farrans Construction worked with specialist contractor Joseph Gallagher to construct the tunnel. During its five weeks of tunnelling ... More Information

China develops world's first boring and blasting machine

In a groundbreaking development, the world's first boring and blasting machine, jointly developed by Tsinghua University and China Railway Science and Industry Group, has successfully ... More Information

Tunnel boring machine wedged in hard rock, leaving Snowy 2.0 hydropower project with new issues

Tunnelling problems are plaguing the $12 billion Snowy 2.0 hydropower project, with a boring machine previously bogged in soft ground now wedged in ... More Information

Construction Complete On New High-Speed Rail Tunnel

Inside the completed Desheng Tunnel, and inset, a Chinese high-speed train. Work on the project is now complete. © China ... More Information

DC Water Breaks Ground on Potomac River Tunnel Project

The Project consists of a large-diameter deep sewer tunnel, diversion facilities, drop shafts, and support structures to capture flows from existing ... More Information

Morocco’s proposed $13 billion underwater tunnel to connect Europe to Africa by 2030s

An historic intercontinental rail link is aiming to link Europe to Morocco with an ambitious underwater tunnel. The Moroccan National Company for Strait Studies (SNED) announced last ... More Information