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New leadership for Boart Longyear

New leadership for Boart LongyearPaul Brunner, managing director of Boart Longyear, has been appointed president and chief executive officer, effective January, 2004, to follow the retirement of ... More Information

Spanish Government Gives Go-Ahead to Huge Water Project

Spanish Government Gives Go-Ahead to Huge Water ProjectSpain's ministry of environment has approved on 31st October the Environmental Impact Statement for the controversial Ebro river transfer ... More Information

€70 Million to Rebuild Two High Speed Rail Tunnels

€70 Million to Rebuild Two High Speed Rail TunnelsThe Spanish Ministry of public works will spend €70 million -on top of the €54 million already spent- to rebuild the Montblanc and La Riba ... More Information

European Union to Strengthen Safety Rules for Road Tunnels

European Union to Strengthen Safety Rules for Road TunnelsThe transport ministers of the EU backed a directive proposal for stricter safety regulations in European tunnels, that were endorsed in a ... More Information

Weldgrip for one-stop ground and strata control

Weldgrip for one-stop ground and strata controlWeldgrip has a dedicated, purpose-built facility for the manufacture of machinery, tools and equipment for ground and strata control. Supplying a full ... More Information

Fourth Breakthrough at Lötschberg Base Tunnel

Fourth Breakthrough at Lötschberg Base TunnelAfter two years and four months, the Herrenknecht TBM which started working from Raron has completed on schedule a 10 km east tube section to the Ferden ... More Information

Hsueshan Tunnel Breaks Through

Hsueshan Tunnel Breaks ThroughTaiwan's President Chen Shui-bian, Premier Yu Shyi-kun, and Minister of transportation and communications Lin Ling-san attended the breakthrough by a Robbins TBM of the ... More Information

Hai Van Pass Tunnel Breaks Through

Hai Van Pass Tunnel Breaks ThroughA major breakthrough took place at the Hai Van tunnel on 28th October when workers on either side of the 6,247 m-long 11.9 m-wide tunnel met each other. Workers of ... More Information

First Robbins TBM for Karahnjukar - is/14

First Robbins TBM for Karahnjukar - is/14The Owner, the Consultant and Impregilo have signed off on delivery of the first of three Robbins TBMs for the Karahnjukar project in Iceland. The first TBM ... More Information

NFM Technologies to Supply Second TBM to Excavate Kazan's First Metro Line

NFM Technologies to Supply Second TBM to Excavate Kazan's First Metro LineKazmetrostroy, in charge of building Kazan's metro, has ordered a second hand TBM from NFM Technologies. This machine will ... More Information

US Department of Transport Publishes Recommendations for Bridge and Tunnel Safety

US Department of Transport Publishes Recommendations for Bridge and Tunnel SafetyThe Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) has published a report stressing that tunnels and bridges in the United ... More Information

Consultant Wanted for Major Highway Tunnel

Consultant Wanted for Major Highway TunnelA well-qualified M & E control consultant is required for the twin-tube, 18 km-long Qinling Zhongnanshan, tunnel, currently under construction as ... More Information

Tunnelling Sub-Contractor Urgently Required

Tunnelling Sub-Contractor Urgently RequiredValecha Engineering has received a design work order to commence Udaipur city's Mansi Wakal water supply project near Dewas in India, value Rs165 million. ... More Information

King Juan Carlos Inaugurates Madrid to Lleida HSL

King Juan Carlos Inaugurates Madrid to Lleida HSLKing Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia inaugurated on 10th October the Madrid to Lleida high speed line during a inaugural trip which took four hours to ... More Information

Section of A86 Tunnel in Paris Breaks Through

Section of A86 Tunnel in Paris Breaks ThroughThe Herrenknecht TBM boring the east tunnel on the A86 motorway west of Paris broke through on 14th October the first section, named VL1 and 4.5 km in ... More Information

Herrenknecht TBM to Build Martignano Tunnel in South Tyrol

Herrenknecht TBM to Build Martignano Tunnel in South TyrolA Herrenknecht hard rock single shield TBM is arriving in pieces in Trento province, Italy to drive a twin tunnel on the 4 km Martignano ... More Information

European Commission Proposes New Projects and New Funds to Dynamise Europe

European Commission Proposes New Projects and New Funds to Dynamise EuropeThe European Commission proposed on 1st October adapting the guidelines for the trans-European transport network (TEN-T) to ... More Information

Antraquip for tunnel excavation, support and specialist plant services

Antraquip for tunnel excavation, support and specialist plant servicesAntraquip Corporation offers a wide range of plant and equipment expertise in the supply, refurbishment and rebuilding of ... More Information

Dataline Tunnelling 2003 Event in Madrid

Dateline Tunnelling 2003 Event in MadridTo highlight the booming civil engineering sector, and more particularly tunnelling both at Spanish and international levels, IIR Spain organises on 28th-30th ... More Information

Code of Practice for Risk Management of Tunnel Works

Code of Practice for Risk Management of Tunnel Works The BTS has published a joint code of practice agreed with British insurers designed to promote and secure best practice for the minimization and ... More Information

Read All About It!

Read All About It!E-News Weekly from tunnelbuilder is the only weekly tunnelling market intelligence e-newsletter available from any source. This week, issue No 93 describes the punishment meted out ... More Information

World's Deepest Underground Station Mooted at Gotthard

World's Deepest Underground Station Mooted at GotthardPlans are afoot to build the world's deepest underground railway station in Switzerland, nearly one kilometre below the surface. The "Porta ... More Information

Tests to Better Understand Fire Propagation in Tunnels

Tests to Better Understand Fire Propagation in TunnelsIn recent years a number of road tunnels fires have occurred throughout Europe with catastrophic outcome. Among these are the fire in the Mont ... More Information

Second TBM Start for Line 9 in Barcelona

Second TBM Start for Line 9 in BarcelonaLlobri, this is the name of the second TBM that will drive the 44 km metro line 9 in Barcelona. The machine started to tunnel the new line between the Gorg ... More Information

Putzmeister Concrete Pumps for Lötschberg Base Tunnel

Putzmeister Concrete Pumps for Lötschberg Base TunnelPutzmeister concrete pumps and concrete wet spray machines are being used on several contract sections of the Lötschberg. Consortium Satco is ... More Information

Welcome to the Future!

Welcome to the Future!tunnelbuilder.com front page has undergone a substantial revision this week, as part of a complete upgrade of our operating software. Page presentation is now database-driven, ... More Information

Four Road Headers Now Work on Cross City Tunnel in Sydney

Four Road Headers Now Work on Cross City Tunnel in SydneyFour roadheaders are now tunnelling underneath Sydney to build the Cross City Tunnel (CCT). Since the first machine started work on 19th May, ... More Information

Dateline Underground Construction 2003

Dateline Underground Construction 2003It's high time to make travel plans for the UC 2003 conference and exhibition, which takes place at ExCeL, London on 24-25th September. ExCeL is at the old ... More Information

Busy Time for Robbins

Busy Time for RobbinsIn the US, the first of two Robbins TBMs has started on the 14km long Nancy Creek sewer tunnel in Atlanta, GA, while a Robbins 5.6 m-diameter hard rock machine at Chicago TARP ... More Information

Geokon - world-class geotechnical instrumentation

Geokon - world-class geotechnical instrumentationGeokon is the most successful designer and manufacturer of vibrating wire geotechnical instrumentation, with a line of products that is unsurpassed ... More Information

Spanish Tunnellers Rescued from Guadarrama Tunnel

Spanish Tunnellers Rescued from Guadarrama TunnelThirty-four workers have been rescued after being trapped by fire for five hours on 6th August in the Guadarrama railway tunnel under construction on ... More Information

New Concept in Lighting Control from Mayer

New Concept in Lighting Control from MayerMayer International (UK) Ltd has introduced an advanced new concept in automated light switching technology for road tunnels. Known as System-1600, it ... More Information

Muck Cars Designed by CSM Bessac Receive Innovation Award

Muck Cars Designed by CSM Bessac Receive Innovation AwardThe Roll and Rock process designed by CSM Bessac, a small-to-midsize TBM maker based near Toulouse, France has received a French construction ... More Information

Wirth Completes Shaft II in Sedrun for Gotthard Base Tunnel in Record Time

Wirth Completes Shaft II in Sedrun for Gotthard Base Tunnel in Record TimeThe breakthrough by a Wirth shaft boring machine of the tunnel floor level on 23rd June, 2003 marked another milestone at ... More Information

Crossrail Gets Green Light

Crossrail Gets Green LightThe UK government has given the go-ahead for the £10 billion Crossrail project that will link east and west London. But transport Secretary Alistair Darling has again ... More Information

Herrenknecht Reports Growth

Herrenknecht Reports GrowthHerrenknecht AG, in its 2002 Annual Report, has reported sales in excess of €300 million for the first time, consolidating its position as market leader in TBM ... More Information

Tunnelling News

'Hi-tech' tunnelling machine utilised at landmark Scottish Water project in Glasgow

A tunnel boring machine (TBM) has been used to complete the installation of a key part of a new trunk water main ... More Information

Construction of parallel Thimble Shoal Tunnel halted after underwater discovery

“It's not unheard of, but it's not every time you go out with a TBM (tunnel boring machine),” he said. The discovery pauses tunneling until February ... More Information

US construction firm bags £169M contract for Ohio overflow sewer

The Northside Interceptor Tunnel (NSIT) project is designed to prevent combined sewer overflows from entering the Cuyahoga River during storms. More Information

Drone video shows Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel expansion progress

VDOT officials provided drone footage from June showing the progress on the project. Check out how the work is progressing in the video above... More Information

Go Ahead for 68 Mile Hyperloop Tunnel but "Public Transit" element remains a "Concept"

The Boring Company's planned expansion for the Loop has received approval from the Las Vegas Council. The initial plan for the Vegas Loop was only for 51 stations and 29 miles... More Information

Cleveland's $3B Project Clean Lake Features Large-Scale Storage Tunnels

Designed to reduce pollution in Lake Erie by four billion gallons per year, Project Clean Lake is a 25-year plan being overseen by Cleveland's Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District ... More Information

North-South Corridor: Torrens to Darlington section

The Australian and South Australian governments are delivering the final and most complex section of the North-South Corridor... More Information

HS2 TBMs complete three quarters of Chiltern tunnels

The two tunnel boring machines (TBMs) delivering the longest tunnels on the High Speed 2 (HS2) railway have passed the three quarters mark. More Information

Main tunnelling at Silvertown Tunnel now complete, photos reveal

It can be revealed that both boreholes of the Silvertown Tunnel are now complete, after a Green politician spotted the tunnel boring machine on the north bank of the Thame... More Information

Breakthrough in evacuation route of Nepal's first tunnel project achieved

The Nagdhunga-Sisnekhola tunnel, the first-ever road tunnel construction project in Nepal, made a major breakthrough in the construction of the ... More Information

Dubai seeks firms for $22bn tunnels project

Dubai Municipality has invited firms to express interest by 11 August in bidding for the contract to provide project management consultancy for deep tunnels and sewage treatment plants ... More Information

Al Fateh Highway tunnel in Bahrain set to open partially

A tunnel is set to partially open to traffic as part of the multi-million dinar revamp of one the major arterial thoroughfares in the heart of the capital. Work of the project is ... More Information

Campaign launched by Shetland Islanders to construct tunnel links

Residents of the Shetland Islands are hoping to push forward plans to construct subsea tunnels to improve transport across the Scottish islands... More Information

Silvertown Tunnel cut and cover sections progress

Work has ramped up on the cut and cover section at the tunnel's south entrance on the Greenwich peninsula, since the arrival of tunnel boring machine. More Information


Tunnel-boring machines (TBMs) have emerged as the safest tunneling method in a context of technological advances in geotechnical engineering, ... More Information

Vizhinjam railway tunnel, third longest tunnel in country, to adopt Austrian tunnelling method

Instead of using the expensive tunnel boring machine (TBM), Vizhinjam International Seaport Limited (VISL) which is implementing the Vizhinjam ... More Information

Wynn is 'making progress' on underground connection to Convention Center

Wynn Las Vegas announced that the Boring Company's Prufrock-2 tunnel boring machine has surfaced at the resort, completing construction on a ... More Information

HS2 Launches Procurement Process for Automated People Mover

A tunnelling milestone for HS2: the tunnel boring machine Dorothy has broken through on the second bore of the Long Itchington Wood tunnel. Siemens ... More Information

Future of Tunnelling | Four High Speed 2 twin bores progressing well despite challenges

Work on High Speed 2's Euston Tunnel construction might have halted, but the construction of the other twin bore tunnels for the project is ... More Information

Afcons Achieves Another Breakthrough with TBM Sudarshan 8.1 at Begumpul RRTS Station

Afcons Infrastructure reaches a significant milestone with the second tunnel breakthrough of Tunnel Boring Machine S88 in Package 8 of the ... More Information

Skanska completes £1.4bn Los Angeles light rail project

The project consisted of a 1.76km long, 6.4m diameter tunnel excavated using a Herrenknecht tunnel boring machine between Union station and the ... More Information

Tunnel boring machine 'MudHoney' reaches destination in Wallingford

SEATTLE — MudHoney, an 18-foot diameter tunnel boring machine, finished its journey in Seattle from Ballard to Wallingford on Monday... More Information

Longest Victorian road tunnels take shape for North East Link project

The Victorian government says North East Link tunnels are now well ... new 6.5 kilometre road tunnels, with two massive tunnel boring machines to ... More Information

By mid-2024, Mumbai-Pune Expressway will have world's widest tunnels

For the tunnels, controlled blasting has been used instead of tunnel boring machines (TBMs), due to the Austrian blasting method's superior speed ... More Information

New funding secured for research into Morocco-Spain underwater rail tunnel

The Europe-Africa Gibraltar Strait fixed link project would amount to the construction of an underwater tunnel housing a high-speed rail link. More Information

Progress on HS2’s Copthall Green Tunnel as Western portal is complete

Engineers working on the HS2 project are celebrating progress as they have completed the western portal of the Copthall Green Tunnel. Located in Hillingdon, the 880m long tunnel structure ... More Information

How India's first underwater metro tunnel was built in record 66 days

India's first underwater metro tunnel is expected to be opened by December this year. It was built about 30 ... World Record in Road Construction. More Information

Gateway Commission Releases Shortlist for $16B Hudson River Tunnel

The commission has said major construction could start as soon as next year, which would put it on track to complete the new tunnel in 2035 and to ... More Information

Groundbreaking Ceremony Held for Nordhavn Tunnel, Copenhagen's New Infrastructure Marvel

It is constructed by a joint venture between Besix and MT Højgaard. The Nordhavn Tunnel will extend the existing Nordhavnsvej tunnel, ... More Information

Tunnelling teams sought for priority Toronto subway extension project

17 MAY, 2023 BY NIA KAJASTIE The Ontario government has kicked off the procurement process for the construction of the Yonge North Subway Extension tunnels. The Yonge North Subway ... More Information

Work commences on new 1.4km road tunnel in Copenhagen

A ground breaking ceremony has been held for the Nordhavn Tunnel, a new 1.4km road tunnel in central Copenhagen being constructed by a Besix - MT ... More Information

Toronto is building a massive $380 million tunnel spanning over 3 kilometres

Construction of the Fairbank Silverthorn Storm Trunk Sewer System project surpassed a key milestone on Monday, when a tunnel boring machine was ... More Information

TBM breakthrough on Grand Paris Express Line 16

Work on Lot 2 of Line 16 of Grand Paris Express metro is now 83% complete, following the breakthrough of a tunnel boring machine (TBM) at Sevran... More Information

The Largest Inner City Tunnel In Greece Is Coming

The extension will include a large tunnel, which will be the largest ... The last section of the route (1 km) will be flat road construction and ... More Information

Elon Musk's Boring Company Just Got the Green Light to Expand Its Las Vegas Tunnel Network

Kirkpatrick was also worried about construction around the airport and wanted to make sure the company had obtained the necessary approvals from ... More Information

NYC's $16 Billion Gateway Tunnel Wins Key Access at Hudson Yards

The construction of New York City's new $16.1 billion rail tunnel took a major step forward Tuesday when the commission overseeing ... More Information

India's First Undersea Twin Tunnels

Twin Tunnel Mumbai: More than two years after 35 men and a giant Chinese Tunnel Boring Machine began cutting though complex geological strata, ... More Information

_TBM “Mireille” completes excavation on Line 16 of Grand Paris Express

The breakthrough by TBM "Mireille" completes the first 5.3 kilometres of the tunnel work connecting Chelles with the municipality of Sevran, resulting ... More Information

Elephant & Castle station tunnelling tender launched

Transport for London has kicked off procurement for the tunnelling works ... and civils construction, and stage two involving the station fit-out. More Information