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Technical Seminar on TBMs

Technical Seminar on TBMsIIR Spain organises a technical seminar on the necessary steps in the selection of a TBM to get a maximum return on investment, estimate with a 100% accuracy the project ... More Information

Hunter Personnel - More positions on tunnelbuilder.com

Hunter Personnel - More positions on tunnelbuilder.comJoining a growing list of human resources specialists to be seen on the tunnebuilder web-site, Hunter Personnel was established in 1976, and ... More Information

Häny Grouting Systems - Simple and Reliable

Häny Grouting Systems - Simple and ReliableSwiss-based Häny is one of the best-known names in grouting, having researched and developed equipment suited to many of the current techniques. The ... More Information

Stonehenge Tunnel Inquiry Opens amid Claims for Longer Project

Stonehenge Tunnel Inquiry Opens amid Claims for Longer ProjectA public inquiry has opened on 17th February into a plan to build a road tunnel under Stonehenge, the famous circle of megalithic ... More Information

Swiss Reject Second Gotthard Road Tunnel

Swiss Reject Second Gotthard Road TunnelSwiss voters rejected on 8th February a proposal to expand roads to ease Alpine bottlenecks, including the addition of a second tunnel under the Gotthard ... More Information

Announcing Atlas Copco Drilling Solutions Division

Announcing Atlas Copco Drilling Solutions DivisionBob Fassl has been appointed President of Atlas Copco Drilling Solutions division, a newly-formed division within Atlas Copco's Construction and ... More Information

AlpTransit Rail Tunnels Exhaust Credit Line

AlpTransit Rail Tunnels Exhaust Credit LineThe construction of the two transalpine rail tunnels across the Loetschberg and St Gotthard in Switzerland will be more expensive than planned. A ... More Information

IPS at Bauma

IPS at BaumaIPS, the highly-skilled personnel specialist for maintenance and operation of TBMs, handwork, NATM, separation plants and shotcreting, will be present at the Bauma exhibition, Hall 3C ... More Information

Kawasaki TBM Breaks Through CTRL Tunnel to King's Cross Station

Kawasaki TBM Breaks Through CTRL Tunnel to King's Cross StationA Kawasaki Heavy Industries tunnel boring machine broke through at King's Cross in London on 27th January, 2004 completing ahead of ... More Information

Atlas Copco at Bauma 2004

Atlas Copco at Bauma 2004 The Atlas Copco Bauma display, located in the outdoor area, Block 1110, will feature computer-controlled drilling rigs for both surface and underground work; unique ... More Information

Wirth TBM Breaks Through CTRL Tunnel Section

Wirth TBM Breaks Through CTRL Tunnel SectionOn 3rd December, 2003 the first Wirth TBM of the Channel Tunnel Rail Link project broke through after record time. It took only 299 days to drive 4.7 km, ... More Information

Lovat Holes Through in Turin

Lovat Holes Through in Turin'Valentina', the first launched Lovat Earth Pressure Balance shield to excavate lot 3, between Fermi and Pozzo Strada (2,632 m), on the first metro line in Turin, Italy ... More Information

NFM Technologies TBM Breaks Through Green Heart Tunnel in the Netherlands

NFM Technologies TBM Breaks Through Green Heart Tunnel in the NetherlandsThe biggest diameter TBM ever built in the world, 14.87 m in diameter with a weight of 3,520 tons, broke through ahead of ... More Information

Lovat TBM Breaks Through High Wycombe Sewage Tunnel

Lovat TBM Breaks Through High Wycombe Sewage TunnelThe final breakthrough of a 3,295 m-long 2.85 m-diameter tunnel near Little Marlow in the UK took place on 12th January. An 80-tonne TBM, which ... More Information

DTSS Section Breaks Through in Singapore

DTSS Section Breaks Through in SingaporeOn 15th December, 2003 Penta-Ocean Construction broke through to complete 7,716 m of tunnel, the single longest drive using an earth pressure balance machine ... More Information

Lötschberg Tunnel Unveils Hidden Geologic Treasures

Lötschberg Tunnel Unveils Hidden Geologic TreasuresRare crystals have been unearthed during construction of the rail tunnel through the Lötschberg in canton Bern, Switzerland. Four of the finds ... More Information

tacs celebrates its 10th birthday

tacs celebrates its 10th birthdaytacs GmbH, the German specialist in TBM guidance, is this year celebrating its 10th birthday.Ever since its first project, a metro tunnel in Munich in 1993, tacs has ... More Information

Lovat for Seville

Lovat for SevilleSpanish construction joint venture UTE Metro de Sevilla, comprising Sacyr, Dragados, GEA 21, and Salvador Rus Construcciones JV, has ordered a new Lovat 6.5 m-diameter EPB TBM for ... More Information

Wirth TBM Breaks Through Canale Viola Tunnel

Wirth TBM Breaks Through Canale Viola TunnelA Wirth TBM model SM 360 E/TS broke through last 27th November the 18,770 m-long Canale Viola tunnel in Valtellina valley in Sondrio province, Lombardy ... More Information

Caterpillar 988G Tunnel Loader - Mucking out in Record Time in Norway

Caterpillar 988G Tunnel Loader - Mucking out in Record Time in NorwayThe NY E39 Oysand-Thamshamn road project, near Trondheim in Norway, includes six bi-directional tunnels with a total length of ... More Information

Lovat TBM Breaks Through in Turin

Lovat TBM Breaks Through in Turin'Madama Cristina', a Lovat EPB shield TBM, broke through on 9th December, 2003 completing 2.6 km of tunnel as part of lot 4 of metro line 1 in Turin. Excavation ... More Information

Spain and Morocco Revive Fixed Link Project under Gibraltar Strait

Spain and Morocco Revive Fixed Link Project under Gibraltar StraitThe project to link Spain and Morocco with a tunnel beneath the Gibraltar Strait has been revived at a recent summit held on 9th ... More Information

Happy Holidays

For your interest, we are listing below précis of our latest printed publications, each of which is available in downloadable pdf format, and makes a very good read. Underground Mining ... More Information

Fibre Reinforcement from SI Concrete Systems

Fibre Reinforcement from SI Concrete SystemsFibermesh and Novocon are two of the best-known brand names in fibre reinforcement for shotcrete, and both come from SI Concrete Systems. By manufacturing ... More Information

Phoenix - Seals and Conveyor Belts

Phoenix - Seals and Conveyor BeltsPhoenix AG of Hamburg, Germany is a specialist producer of rubber-based products for mining, tunnelling and industrial use. For decades, the company has ... More Information

Marti Technics to Supply TBM for San Pedro Tunnel

Marti Technics to Supply TBM for San Pedro TunnelSwiss logistics and engineering specialist Marti Technics Ltd will supply a TBM to UTE San Pedro, a JV set up by Sando, Aldesa, Tapusa and Copasa, to ... More Information

NFM Technologies Delivers First TBM for Canton Metro

NFM Technologies Delivers First TBM for Canton MetroNFM Technologies, the Wirth Group's sister company, has delivered during week 47 the first of two TBMs for the Canton metro in China. The first ... More Information

EU Gives Green Light to Financing of Júcar-Vinalopó Transfer

EU Gives Green Light to Financing of Júcar-Vinalopó Water TransferThe European Union has decided to finance the Júcar-Vinalopó water transfer scheme, further to receiving the environmental ... More Information

Trans Apennine Milestone

Trans Apennine MilestoneThe 6.25 m-diameter Wirth TB 630 E/TS TBM driving the 10 km-long Ginori exploration tunnel on Italy's Trans Apennine railway has broken through on time, after three years ... More Information

Four Atlas Copco Drill Rigs at Work in Vielha

Four Atlas Copco Drill Rigs at Work in VielhaThe existing Vielha tunnel, named Alfonso XIII, was inaugurated in 1948 and was developed during the reign of King Alfonso XIII. It is over 5,240 m in ... More Information

Lovat TBM Breaks Through First LRT Extension Tunnel in Edmonton

Lovat TBM Breaks Through First LRT Extension Tunnel in EdmontonA Lovat EPB TBM broke through to the University LRT station on 8th November, completing the 293 m-long southbound tunnel of Edmonton's ... More Information

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

Tunnelling News

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