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Press Release - HS2’s first giant tunnelling machines arrive in the UK

Press Release - HS2’s first giant tunnelling machines arrive in the UK

HS2’s first two giant Tunnel Boring Machines (TBMs) have arrived in the UK and will be ready to start work on the UK’s largest infrastructure project early next year. The two ... More Information

MineArc New product - A tunnelling refuge chamber that can sit on an incline.

MineArc New product - A tunnelling refuge chamber  that can sit on an incline.

MineArc took their most popular TunnelSAFE Gantry Design Refuge Chamber and brought it to new heights.   What makes this refuge chamber unique is its ability to continue to operate on an ... More Information

Updates on the Purple Line Extension in Los Angeles

At the end of November 2020 the tunnelling averages for the Purple Line (Line D) Extension were Section 1: 94.4% complete and Section 2: 2.9 % complete.  Section 1  The twin TBMs ... More Information

TBM Millie Relaunched in Melbourne

On St Barbara's day the 4th December a blessing ceremony was held at the Anzac Station site in Melbourne Australia for TBM Millie and all her personnel, to wish them a safe journey to the Town Hall ... More Information

Suburban Rail Loop Works EOI for Early Works

Suburban Rail Loop Works EOI for Early Works

The Andrews Labor Government has opened Expressions of Interest for the biggest ever Initial and Early Works package on an infrastructure project in Australian history.   Minister for ... 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

New Berlin U5-Bahn line opened

New Berlin U5-Bahn line opened

The new U5 underground railway line in Berlin has now been opened. The Lückenschluss U5 (U5 Gap Closure) has been successfully completed after approximately 8 years of construction ... More Information

TBM Annie begins tunnelling for Tideway

TBM Annie begins tunnelling for Tideway

ON 04/12/2020 the TBM Annie which is 6.4 m wide, 100m long and 960t in weight - began driving the 4.5km connection tunnel between Greenwich Pumping Station and the main super sewer at Chambers ... More Information

Winners of the ITA tunnelling awards 2020

The winners of the ITA tunnelling awards 2020 are :- MAJOR PROJECT OF THE YEAR (OVER €500M) John Holland CPB Ghella Joint Venture Tunnelling and Station Excavation Works for the Sydney ... More Information

Strata Worldwide announces the appointment of Mike Rispin to lead Strata Tunnelling

Strata Worldwide announces the appointment of  Mike Rispin to lead Strata Tunnelling

Strata Worldwide is pleased to announce the appointment of Mike Rispin to lead the launch of Strata’s new global division, Strata Tunneling. Mike brings over 36 years of ... More Information

TBM Gaia’s Shield lifted out of excavation shaft

TBM Gaia’s Shield lifted out of excavation shaft

On December 2nd  the shield for the TBM Gaia weighing 150 tons and 11 m in diameter was lifted out of the receiving shaft of the Rijnland Route. The rest of the TBM will be dismantled ... More Information

Central section of London’s super sewer complete as TBM breaks into shaft in Bermondsey

Central section of London’s super sewer complete as TBM breaks into shaft in Bermondsey

TBM Ursula has officially broken into the shaft at Bermondsey finishing her 7.6km journey from Battersea to Bermondsey and completing the central section of the Tideway in London, delivered by a ... More Information

San Gorgonio Pass Water Agency Investment into future water supplies

San Gorgonio Pass Water Agency Investment into future water supplies

In November the SGPWA (San Gorgonio Pass Water Agency) Board voted unanimously to support the Delta Conveyance Project (DCP) in California, approving a minimum 1.22% participation level in the DCP ... More Information

TERRATEC TBMs breakthrough on Pune Metro

TERRATEC TBMs breakthrough on Pune Metro

Gulermak-TATA Projects JV celebrates the breakthrough of TBM tunnelling on the underground works on Line 1 of the Pune Metro, in India. In early-November, TERRATEC joined officials from ... More Information

Cross River Rail’s first mega machine ready to go

Cross River Rail’s first mega machine ready to go

The first of the two TBMs that will excavate the bulk of Cross River Rail’s 5.9km twin tunnels is passing factory acceptance testing, before being disassembled and transported by trucks to ... More Information

Government gives green light to A303 Stonehenge improvement

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps has given the formal green light by granting a Development Consent Order for work to start on the A303 Amesbury to Berwick Down (Stonehenge) ... More Information

Press release - Barge number 238 delivers final concrete segment rings to Tideway’s Kirtling Street

The 238th and final barge delivering concrete segment rings used to line the central section of the Thames Tideway Tunnel has arrived at Tideway’s Kirtling Street site. Each barge ... More Information

4-day HS2 Ltd virtual event for contract opportunities begins

HS2 Ltd, the company delivering Britain’s new high speed railway, kicked off a four-day event yesterday that will showcase many of the EUR13.49 bn (GBP12bn) worth of contract opportunities. ... 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

Robbins Webinar - Encountering Caverns in France: TBM Tunnelling in Karst Conditions

Robbins Webinar - Encountering Caverns in France: TBM Tunnelling in Karst Conditions

France's recently completed Galerie des Janots featured some unexpected challenges: Karst cavities large and small were found throughout the bore as well as two large, uncharted caverns. During ... More Information

Moscow’s light green line updates

Moscow’s light green line  updates

This week construction of the left and second tunnel began, A route that will go from Lianozovo to Phystech station for the Lyublinsko-Dmitrovskaya metro line or light green line in Moscow.  ... More Information

TBM Coline crosses the 1,000 metre mark!

TBM Coline crosses the 1,000 metre mark!

After having crossed the "Saint-Genis-Laval - Hôpitaux Sud" station at the beginning of July, the tunnel boring machine crossed the 1,000-metre mark last Friday 13/11/2020.  The TBM is ... More Information

6th edition of the ITA Tunnelling and Underground Space Awards

On the 3-4 December 2020 you will be able to attend the presentations of the finalists and the announcement of the winners. This year the 6th edition of the ITA Tunnelling Awards will move into a ... More Information

Press release - Works to kick off on the Suburban Rail Loop

The Andrews Labor Government is delivering the Suburban Rail Loop, unveiling a huge Budget boost that will pave the way for the biggest rail project ever built in Victoria – and help drive our ... More Information

TBM Meg is on her way to State Library Station

TBM Meg is on her way to State Library Station

Last week TBM Meg was relaunched from the Metro Tunnel's Parkville Station site towards the CBD, to complete the second tunnel. It follows the relaunch of TBM Joan, which began a parallel 1 km ... More Information

Federal Council approves the Rhine tunnel project in Basel

At its meeting on 11 November 2020, the Federal Council approved the general project for the Basel Rhine tunnel. The new tunnel will relieve the frequently congested A2/A3 between the Hagnau and ... More Information

Insight into finalist for ITA ‘Overcoming the Challenge’ category

Insight into finalist for ITA ‘Overcoming the Challenge’ category

The Mexico City-Toluca interurban rail line project has been shortlisted as a finalist for the ITA tunnelling awards in the category “Overcoming the Challenge’  - High performance ... More Information

Highways England -Lower Thames Crossing Update

Highways England is inviting tenders to build the longest road tunnel in Britain that sits at the heart of the proposed Lower Thames Crossing, the most ambitious road project for a generation. ... More Information

Snowy 2.0: first TBM components arrive at site of Australia’s biggest Hydropower Project

Snowy 2.0: first TBM components arrive at site of Australia’s biggest Hydropower Project

Throughout the beginning November a huge 750-t crane has been lowering into place the giant front shield parts of the first of the three Snowy 2.0 TBMs. Snowy 2.0 is the largest renewable energy ... More Information

BBT - First breakthrough under the Isarco river

 BBT - First breakthrough under the Isarco river

On  the 6th of November 2020 an excavator with hydraulic hammer  broke through  the first 59 m tunnel under the Isarco river. The ground in the most southern construction lot of the ... More Information

Rijnland Route Updates

On 01/09/20 after 3.5 months of excavation and a month ahead of schedule, the TBM called Gaia completed the second tunnel tube for the Rijnland Route. The TBM covered a distance of 2,250 m, from ... More Information

New milestones for Tideway

New milestones for Tideway

Connection Tunnel Excavated at Cremorne Wharf - Cremorne Wharf Depot became the latest site in the central section of the Tideway project to connect to the main 'super sewer' tunnel as ... More Information

COMPLIMENTARY ROBBINS WEBINAR - TUNNELLING PAST THE VOIDS

COMPLIMENTARY ROBBINS WEBINAR - TUNNELLING PAST THE VOIDS

France's recently completed Galerie des Janots was the scene of some unforeseen challenges.  During excavation with a Main Beam TBM, crews encountered a stalagmite studded 8,000 cubic meter ... More Information

Sotecnisol Press Release - Tunnel Waterproofing

Sotecnisol Press Release - Tunnel Waterproofing

For over the last 50 years, Sotecnisol led the waterproofing market in Portugal and has grown a strong presence in other countries, namely in tunnel drainage and water proofing with PVC ... More Information

Virginia Launched Largest Infrastructure Project in Commonwealth’s History

Virginia Launched Largest Infrastructure Project in Commonwealth’s History

On 29/10/20 Governor Ralph Northam joined the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) and state and local leaders to break ground on the Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel (HRBT) Expansion Project. ... More Information

HS2 launches first virtual ‘Meet the Contractor’ event

Registrations now open for over 1,000 one-to-one meetings with HS2 contractors.  HS2 Ltd’s third annual ‘Meet the Contractor’ event takes place between 23rd-26th November ... More Information

Tunnelling News

Judge rejects challenge to £1.7bn Stonehenge Tunnel

The High Court has thrown out a case brought by campaigners against the £1.7bn Stonehenge Tunnel project. Mr Justice Holgate said most of the ... More Information

9 of the longest underwater tunnels in the world

These stations are the first railway stations constructed under the sea and serve as emergency escape points in case of a disaster. Today, the Seikan ... More Information

EPC contractors sought for Dubai's £17bn sewer tunnels project

The strategic sewerage tunnels project by Dubai Municipality known as the Deep Tunnels Portfolio will involve the construction of wastewater assets ... More Information

The $7BN Mega-Tunnels You've Never Heard Of

But thanks to some incredible underground construction methods, Antwerp is now on course to complete a massive piece of infrastructure it's been ... More Information

3 listed & 2 Unlisted get LOA to build Mumbai Coastal Road Ext

The underground tunnel will run below Malad and Kandivali through the Mangrove creeks and a tunnel boring machine (TBM) will be used for this phase. More Information

New tunnel planned to under the Thames at Tilbury and Gravesend

ianVisits ... tunnel (c) National Grid. Construction will be done by a conventional tunnel boring machine (TBM), which will launch from a 41-metre deep shaft dug ... More Information

Third tunnel breakthrough on Guildford sewage works

A micro-TBM recently broke through on a new tunnel being built for Thames Water's project to relocate sewage treatment works in Guildford. More Information

Japan maglev train project being derailed by Shizuoka stalemate

Opposition in Shizuoka Prefecture emerged from fears the planned tunnel construction for the line could adversely affect the overall volume of water ... More Information

World's most expensive tunnel that ended up costing a whopping £2.3m a day to build

Over 5000 construction workers were employed to complete the Central Artery/Tunnel Project in the United States. More Information

Underground or Elevated Metro Rail – Which One is Better for India?

The cost of tunnel boring machines (TBM) is another significant component. The tunneling cost can be reduced by making longer tunnel contract ... More Information

From Undersea Tunnel To Station Redevelopment

The NHSRCL will construct an adjoining tunnel location as part of the package. To construct this tunnel, the Tunnel Boring Machines (TBMs) with a ... More Information

Second tunnel boring machine for Broadway Subway reaches South Granville Station

The tunnel boring machines will end their journey just before Arbutus Station, which spans two city blocks, with the west block used as the footprint ... More Information

BESIX-MTH awards Nordhavn work to Bravida

... construction of the Nordhavn Tunnel. By & Havn is tasked with developing Ørestad and the port of Copenhagen and runs the daily operations of the ... More Information

After India's first undersea tunnel, Mumbai to get its longest intra-city underground road

... construction with viaducts and modern safety measures. The Coastal Road tunnel is India's first undersea tunnel, constructed using a 12-metre ... More Information

3,200 tonne TBM delivered to France-Italy rail tunnel project

A tunnel boring machine (TBM) manufactured by German tunnelling and mining firm Herrenknecht has been delivered to the Lyon-Turin Mont Cenis base ... More Information

FPT Industrial engines power the construction of the longest immersed tunnel in the world

The construction of the Fehmarnbelt tunnel is an important addition to Europe's sustainable transport network of the future. It will offer the ... More Information

Work resumes at Silkyara tunnel after 2 months

On the instructions of the Union Ministry of Road Transport and Highways, construction work of protective nature has begun from both Barkot and ... More Information

Webuild Joint Venture awarded Pape Tunnel and Underground Stations Progressive DB contract

Webuild will lead a joint venture to develop the project for the "Pape Tunnel and Underground Stations (PTUS)" section of the Ontario Line, the new rapid transit line that will run through ... More Information

Third Tunnel Boring Machine Lowered at Panagal Park

In a significant milestone for the Chennai Metro Phase 2 project, the third Tunnel Boring Machine (TBM) has been successfully lowered at the ... More Information

T2D Project benefits

Adelaide is the country's only mainland capital city without a non-stop motorway in its metropolitan area. The existing transport network is struggling to meet demand, with more than ... More Information

LONDON'S SUPER SEWER: A last visit to the tunnels

With shafts being capped off across the #SuperSewer project, CEO Andy Mitchell paid a visit to Chambers Wharf in Bermondsey for what could be the last time he sees the vast tunnel ... More Information

SKATE Competence Matrix for Tunnelling

The Tunnelling SKATE matrix consolidates best practice and benchmarks the role levels and Skills, Knowledge, Attitude, Training and Experience criteria for most occupations involved in ... More Information

Casablanca, Madrid and the Strait of Gibraltar tunnel megaproject

The Strait of Gibraltar tunnel megaproject is one of the few engineering projects in the world with the capacity to change the geopolitical order and relations between Europe and Africa... More Information

Metrolinx - inside the tunnel

Metrolinx is sharing a rare look inside the record-breaking tunnel currently being carved out for the 7.8-kilometre Scarborough Subway Extension (SSE) project... More Information

HS2 Project Update, January 2024

HS2 is preparing to enter a critical new phase with the development of state-of-the-art rail systems that will allow passengers to enjoy some of the world’s most reliable intercity train ... More Information

Kalpataru Projects International bags orders worth Rs 3244 crore

TBM (tunnel boring machine) tunnelling scope. Advt. According to a statement, Kalpataru Projects International Ltd (KPIL) along with its joint ... More Information

UK's HS2 High-speed Rail Nears $6B Fit-out Phase

... tunnels. Under the Chiltern Hills, around 25 miles from London, two tunnel boring machines have completed 90% of the project's longest drives, of ... More Information

Akron gets approval for smaller Northside Interceptor Tunnel, but more work planned

He said the tunnel boring machine, which must be custom-built, has been put on order. "We had to bid this project by a certain date," he said ... More Information

Shimla introduces modern tunnel

Shimla, the picturesque capital of Himachal Pradesh, has unveiled a state-of-the-art tunnel, replacing a historic passage that served for 171 ... More Information

Launch of work for India's first undersea tunnel milestone in 2023 for bullet train project

... construction, the statement said. Civil works for stations have started along with works on Surat and Sabarmati high-speed rail depots. The ... More Information

Shimla's Sanjauli-Dhalli Tunnel Is Now Open; 26 More Tunnel Projects for the Himalayan Region

For enhanced connectivity and safer infrastructure, Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu inaugurated the newly constructed ... More Information

Construction firms sign $174M contract to work on Howard Street Tunnel improvement project

Swedish company Skanska and Illinois-based Fay Construction Co. have signed a $174 million contract with CSX Transportation for the Howard Street ... More Information

Sub sea tunnel opening in the Faroe Island

The Sandoyatunnel was opened for the public. The tunnel is the last of the two tunnels in the Eysturoy - Sandoy project. Each of the tunnels are around 11 km in length and the project is a ... More Information

Waterfront Tunnel

Today, the Waterfront Tunnel stretches from AlexRenew to the end of King Street, over 150 feet below the Potomac riverbed. Only a few more blocks to go in her 2-mile-long, waterway-saving ... More Information

Mechanical Earthworm: The Wonders of the TBM in Action

Welcome back to another installment in our series on the Ritom Power Plant refurbishment. Today, we delve into how the Tunnel Boring Machine (TBM) used in the project operates. ... More Information

HRBT Expansion Project

Follow HRBT Expansion Project Director, Ryan Banas for the Fall 2023 Project Tour Video as he takes us on an inside look at progress, plans, and construction updates across the corridor... More Information

Tunnels and Underground Works for Pumped Storage Hydropower Projects: Challenges and Opportunities Panel Discussion

The NSW ATS invites all members, non-members and students to participate in this captivating hybrid (in person and webinar) panel discussion centred on the challenges and opportunities for ... More Information

Lower Thames Crossing, Driving Carbon out of Construction

In December 2023, we brought together our Delivery Partners and a large cross section of the UK construction industry to share our plans to drive carbon out of the construction of the ... More Information

HS2 tunnel segments on the move from Hartlepool to London

Deliveries of HS2’s tunnel segments have begun from Hartlepool, using the UK’s rail network to minimise road traffic and drastically reduce carbon emissions. STRABAG, the company ... More Information