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TERRATEC TBM completes first tunnel for Mumbai Metro

TERRATEC TBM completes first tunnel for Mumbai Metro

HCC-MMS JV achieves major milestone with Terratec machine having broken through on the first full section of running tunnel to be completed for Mumbai Metro Line 3, in India. In early-August, ... More Information

8th Cutting Edge Conference

8th Cutting Edge Conference

From the East to the West Coast, North America’s tunnelling industry is flourishing. In 2019, the eighth annual Cutting Edge Conference will be held in Hilton Miami Downtown, Florida from ... More Information

Mumbai Metro Line 3 renamed as Aqua Line

Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Friday unveiled the rolling stock model of Metro Line 3, which has been named AquaLine. The MMRC (Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation) has awarded the ... More Information

Blog by Steve Smading – The Robbins Company

Blog by Steve Smading – The Robbins Company

3 Ways to Bore More Efficiently in Extremely Hard Rock: Maximize your TBM Advance through Minimized Downtime When the rock seems unbreakable, stresses are multiplied: The cutters must be stronger, ... More Information

Russia - Moscow Underground updates

Russia - Moscow Underground updates

Extension of the Kommunarskaya Line On 20 August, at the meeting of the Urban Planning Commission, the project for the extension of the Kommunarskaya line of the Moscow metro to the city of Troitsk ... More Information

Tunnel under Monte Tondo in Bolzano, Italy

On the 21st of August a summit to establish the next steps for the construction of the 2.5km road tunnel under Monte Tondo was held. The interested parties were the Municipality, the Province of ... More Information

EnigmaCG’s 5th Annual Conference on Innovation in Tunnels: Construction, Maintenance, Safety & Fire Protection

EnigmaCG’s 5th Annual Conference on Innovation in Tunnels: Construction, Maintenance, Safety & Fire Protection

With over 55 live tenders for construction/development of new tunnels in just Spain, Switzerland, Italy and Belgium at the time of writing this, it is safe to say that tunnel construction/ ... More Information

Delaware Aqueduct Bypass Tunnel breakthrough

A Tunnel boring machine built by the Robbins company “holed through” Tuesday morning, breaking through shale bedrock in Dutchess County to complete its excavation on the $1 billion ... More Information

The ITA Tunnelling Awards Shortlist 2019

The ITA Tunnelling Awards Shortlist 2019

Press release - The 17-strong expert judging panel, chaired by the ITA President Jinxiu (Jenny) Yan, has concluded its deliberations and based on detailed evaluation, 32 entries have been chosen ... More Information

Short courses on tunnelling - Nepal

Short courses on tunnelling - Nepal

Dr. Manoj Verman, President of a new ISRM Commission on Hard Rock Excavation, will be the speaker for two short courses on tunnelling to be held at the Radisson Blu, Kathmandu, Nepal from the ... More Information

Brescia – Verona – Padova Railway

Brescia – Verona – Padova Railway

On July 3, 2019 the MIT (Ministero delle Infrastrutture e dei Trasporti) completed the evaluations for the new Brescia – Padova High Speed/High Capacity railway section and have now ... More Information

Second TERRATEC EPBM delivered for Argentina’s landmark Agua Sur water tunnel project

Second TERRATEC EPBM delivered for Argentina’s landmark Agua Sur water tunnel project

The second of two new 4.66m diameter TERRATEC Earth Pressure Balance TBMs to be delivered for a 13.5km potable water tunnel system, in Buenos Aires, Argentina.  At the end of July, ... More Information

STUVA 2019

STUVA 2019

The final sprint: Only 5 months to go to STUVA Expo 2019 - Register now! Reserve your trade fair stand for STUVA Expo 2019 now from the 26th to the 27th of November 2019. Take advantage ... More Information

The Broadway Subway project

The Broadway Subway project

The Broadway Subway project is an extension of the Millennium Line and a key link in Metro Vancouver’s transportation system. The 5.7-km line will extend the existing SkyTrain system ... More Information

TBM Launched for the RijnlandRoute

On July 24th , 2019 the official inauguration ceremony of the RijnlandRoute TBM took place (click here for a video). In early August the 100 m long TBM, built by Herrenknecht and named Gaia, after ... More Information

TBM Annie arrives at Greenwich

A giant tunnelling machine set to create part of London’s new super sewer arrived in London this week, with parts unloaded from a ship onto the Greenwich Peninsula. The machine will be used ... More Information

Obigarm - Nurobod Road Section in Tajikistan

Obigarm - Nurobod Road Section in Tajikistan

The Obigarm-Nurobod road section of the existing M41 - part of the Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation (CAREC) network (Corridors 2, 3 and 5) and connecting the northeast region of ... More Information

A Robbins TBM for Salvasskardelva HEPP in Norway

A Robbins TBM for Salvasskardelva HEPP in Norway

In early July, a 2.8 m Robbins Main Beam TBM began boring the 2.7 km long Salvasskardelva HEPP in Bardu, Norway. The TBM, specially designed for Norsk Grønnkraft's (NGK) ... More Information

Twenty years of FRC tunnel final lining: Lessons learnt, design proposal and new development

Twenty years of FRC tunnel final lining: Lessons learnt, design proposal and new development

B. De Rivaz Bekaert Maccaferri Underground Solutions, Erembodegem-Aalst, Belgium ABSTRACT: New guideline concerning the use of FRC precast segment has been recently published to provide detail ... More Information

Agenda Set for 12th Annual Breakthroughs in Tunneling Short Course

Course organizers have announced the agenda for the 12th annual Breakthroughs in Tunneling Short Course. The Breakthroughs in Tunneling Short Course will be held Sep. 9-11 at the University of ... More Information

Grand Paris Express update

Grand Paris Express update

On 19.07.2019 the teams of the Horizon Consortium (Bouygues Travaux Publics / Soletanche Bachy / BESSAC) - working on lot T2A of Line 15 South of the Grand Paris Express - left the construction ... More Information

Paris Line 11 extension

Paris Line 11 extension

The Paris Line 11 extension to Rosny-Bois-Perrier will be built with cut  & cover, conventional and TBM methods. The central part of the new alignment between the Serge Gainsbourg ... More Information

Press release for the 3rd ASEAN Rail Summit

Press release for the 3rd ASEAN Rail Summit

As the fastest growing region in the global economy, Southeast Asia emerging economies have attracted worldwide attention. It is estimated that by 2020, ASEAN is expected to become the ... More Information

Cooling the Tube

Retired Chartered Engineer CALVIN BARROWS proposes simple but innovative solutions to the age-old problem of overheating metro networks. Worldwide there are a significant number of Metro networks ... More Information

The Blue line extension in Montreal

On July 4th , 2019 Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, joined by Mayor Valerie Plante, the Quebec Junior Transport Minister and Minister Responsible for Montreal, Chantal Rouleau and ... More Information

Purple Line Extension in Los Angeles

Purple Line Extension in Los Angeles

New allocation from the FTA for section three of the Metro has received a new allocation of AUD100 million from the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) for the third and final section of the ... More Information

Boring begins on the West Gate Tunnel

Boring begins on the West Gate Tunnel

The launch site - from where the 90 m long TBMs will dig south west to build the twin tunnels to connect the West Gate Freeway to the port, city and CityLink in Melbourne - has taken a year to ... More Information

Tallinn-Helsinki tunnel memorandum of understanding signed

Finest Bay Area Development has signed a memorandum of understanding with three Chinese companies, as part of plans to build the 100 km (60 mile) double undersea train tunnel from Tallinn in ... More Information

Melbourne Metro - Breakthrough at State Library Station

Melbourne Metro - Breakthrough at State Library Station

Three roadheaders have met 30 metres underground in the first major breakthrough, connecting two excavated caverns that will become State Library Station. The road headers have dug out more ... More Information

Bahrain Rail Congress 2019 – Press release

The Bahrain Rail Congress 2019 will be held under the theme “Designing & Developing a Well Connected, World Class, National Rail Network in the Kingdom of Bahrain” which is ... More Information

Excavation of the western section of the M4 completed

On  the 10th of July 2019 a second TBM arrived at Parco Solari station in Milan. Thus completing the excavation of the tunnels from San Cristoforo to Solari, part of the western section of ... More Information

Joint venture for tunnel project

Element Construction are looking for a tunnel construction company to be part of a joint venture on a tunnelling project. The tunnelling project is to build two parallel tunnels for a highway, ... More Information

West Gate tunnel update

Before tunnelling for the West Gate Tunnel Project begins in 2019, they need to divert a 600 metre section of the North Yarra Main Sewer. Diverting a sewer is a massive job that involves ... More Information

Thames Tideway Tunnel: Aerial Photos Reveal £4.2 Billion Project's Progress

London’s £4.2 billion super sewer is seen from the air as new pictures reveal deep shafts carved into the banks of the River Thames. The Thames Tideway tunnel snakes alongside the ... More Information

TBM Sandy arrives at Redcliffe

TBM Sandy arrives at Redcliffe

On Saturday, July 6th , the second 130m-long TBM arrived at Redcliffe Station for the Forrestfield Airport Link project. TBM Sandy broke through into Redcliffe Station, emerging from her most ... More Information

Ghella wins Cross River Rail Tunnel, Stations and Development Package

Ghella, as part of the Pulse consortium, which is led by CIMIC Group, has reached contractual and financial close with the State of Queensland to deliver the Tunnel, Stations and Development (TSD) ... 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


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