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MineARC - Emergency Communication Systems in Tunnelling

MineARC - Emergency Communication Systems in Tunnelling

Good communication systems are fundamental to all aspects of a tunnelling project, including risk management and emergency response. Emergency communication systems in tunnelling are used to ... More Information

A record number of responses for Thames Crossing consultation

The Lower Thames Crossing online consultation, which closed on the 20.12.2018, has seen over 26,000 replies. The consultation is arguably the most significant that has ever been held into a UK ... More Information

TERRATEC EPBMs prepped for new Istanbul metro line

TERRATEC EPBMs prepped for new Istanbul metro line

The Gulermak, Nurol & Makyol joint venture conduct TBM testing on-site for the new Ümraniye Ataşehir-Göztepe Metro line, the latest addition to Istanbul’s transportation ... More Information

Fehmarnbelt tunnel update

On the 28.12.2018 the Ministry of Transport of Schleswig-Holstein announced that the planned approval for the Fehmarnbelt tunnel is ready to be signed. In accordance with German regulations, Femern ... More Information

Moscow Metro Line Works

Moscow Metro Line Works

Moscow in 2018 set a record, commissioning 17 underground metro stations, building 33 km of tracks and 3 train maintenance facilities: on 22.03.2018 the 3 new stations (Okruzhnaya, Verkhnye ... More Information

Second breakthrough for Mumbai Metro 3 line

Second breakthrough for Mumbai Metro 3 line

On the 26.12.2018 the Mumbai Metro-3 (Colabata-Bandra-Seepz) Wainganga 2 TBM broke through at the future Seepz station in Andheri. The TBM was originally launched on the 23.08.2018 from Sariput ... More Information

Expansion of Stockholm’s energy supply planned

Expansion of Stockholm’s energy supply planned

Stockholm  dependence on electricity has incresed, their electricity network needs to be strengthened and renewed to meet Stockholm’s future need of secure electricity ... More Information

MineARC Blog

MineARC Blog

Common Questions About Refuge Chamber Servicing - Are you aware of the hidden risks of poor servicing? There are many common misconceptions about refuge chamber servicing, which we have briefly ... More Information

26th Annual Microtunneling Short Course

Leading Experts to Gather in Boulder, Colorado, Feb. 5-7th 2019 The agenda topics for the annual Microtunneling Short Course at the University of Colorado Boulder February 5-7, 2019, has ... More Information

STUVA Expo 2019

An invitation to attend STUVA 2019 - We cordially invite you to the STUVA Conference 2019! At this "family meeting of the tunnel industry" you will meet more than 3,000 other top-class experts. ... More Information

STUVA Tunnelling statistics 2017/2018

For 40 years STUVA has conducted an annual survey of authorities, construction companies and planners with an aim to capture the volume of tunnelling in Germany. The statistics also include a ... More Information

Construction: the foreign earnings of major construction companies soar

Construction: the foreign earnings of major construction companies soar

WTC 2019 news release - The Italian construction system continues to grow in foreign markets despite global tensions and the hardships in the market of Italian public works. The 35 "top" companies ... More Information

Robbins 2018 Highlights

Robbins 2018 Highlights

OUR Favorite moments - 2018 has been a great year for Robbins. It was a year full of breakthroughs, new developments, and record-setting bores. As the year comes to a close, we wanted to take a look ... More Information

ITA News #66

Message from Tarcisio Celestino -President of ITA 2016-2019 Each year, the ITA Tunnelling Awards conference brings better news. During a whole day, high-level presentations by the finalists have ... More Information

Annie gets ready to build London’s super sewer from Greenwich

Thames Tideway Press release – ON the 12th December 2018 the giant machine that will dig a 4.5km tunnel through south-east London was assembled and made ready to begin work ... More Information

Brenner Base Tunnel - European support for the project

Brenner Base Tunnel - European support for the project

Following the recent breakthrough of the southern portal of the Brenner Base Tunnel, European Commissioner for Transport, Violeta Bulc, visited the BBT construction sites near Fortezza. The ... More Information

Brenner Base Tunnel Breakthrough

Brenner Base Tunnel Breakthrough

On St Barbaras day the 4th of December 2018 the southern portal of the Brenner Base tunnel near Fortezza Station broke through. 93 km of the total 230 km that will make up the Brenner Base tunnel ... More Information

VMT in Italy - press release

VMT in Italy - press release

ITALY’S A1 ROAD EXPANSION SUCCESS - Known to many as the Spinal Cord of Italy’s road network, the A1 Autostrada in Italy connects Naples in the south to Milan in the north via Rome and ... More Information

2018 Tunnelling festival winners

2018 Tunnelling festival winners

You can view the winners of the 2018 tunnelling festival by clicking HERE. 49/18. More Information


When finished, the tunnel on the Lyon-Turin train line is expected to stretch for nearly 60 kilometers across the French-Italian border" When finished, the tunnel on the Lyon-Turin train line is ... More Information

VMT Navigation Supports River Crossing for a New Gas Pipeline

VMT Navigation Supports River Crossing for a New Gas Pipeline

Neustadt an der Donau is a town in Lower Bavaria region of Germany, located on the River Danube. Recently there was requirement for the installation of a new 1,000 mm diameter gas pipeline over a ... More Information

Draka extends its Firetuf cable series with Firetuf OFC-LT-SWA loose tube cable

Draka extends its Firetuf cable series with Firetuf OFC-LT-SWA loose tube cable

Press Release - Draka’s Firetuf cable series has grown! The new Firetuf OFC-LT-SWA fire resistant loose tube cable with steel wire armour, is designed for harsh environments and to ... More Information

BART is planning for a second Transbay Tube

BART is planning for a second Transbay Tube

BART is taking early steps to build a second Transbay rail crossing, perhaps a second Transbay Tube. Despite BART’s plan to increase capacity through the existing San Francisco’s ... More Information

Preferred Bidder Selected For Central Interceptor Tunnel

Preferred Bidder Selected For Central Interceptor Tunnel

Auckland’s Watercare have selected Ghella-Abergeldie Harker Joint Venture as the preferred bidder for the construction of the Central Interceptor wastewater tunnel. The Central Interceptor ... More Information

Read the latest Robbins blog here!

Read the latest Robbins blog here!

Robbins PR Manager Desiree Willis writes about her adventures visiting the Bheri Babai Diversion Multipurpose Project in Nepal. To read the blog  “Namaste Nepal: How I Learned to Live ... More Information

LIVE Press Conference on Helsinki–Tallinn tunnel and Rail Baltica

This morning (30/11/2018) the Minister of Transport and Communications of Finland Anne Berner and Minister of Economic Affairs and Infrastructure of Estonia Kadri Simson are in a meeting in Helsinki ... More Information

Melbourne Metro Press Release

Melbourne Metro Press Release

HUGE DIGGER AT WORK BENEATH CBD The Metro Tunnel Project has reached another significant construction milestone, with the launch of a massive roadheader machine that has begun creating the huge ... More Information

CIPA Breakthrough for RT 3010 tunnel

CIPA Breakthrough for RT 3010 tunnel

CIPA press release - On the 25.11.2018 the last diaphragm of the RT 3010 Tunnel was demolished: the first tunnel in the rail link between the cities of Relizane and Tiaret, which is part of the new ... More Information

Underground Construction Prague 2019 – Registration now open!

The 14th International Conference entitled “Underground Construction Prague 2019” will be held in Prague, Czech Republic, from the  3rd to the 5th of June 2019. On-line ... More Information

TERRATEC EPBM to steer for success in Bangkok

TERRATEC EPBM to steer for success in Bangkok

TERRATEC Press release - A new 4.27 m diameter TERRATEC tight radius TBM will enable a challenging alignment on the Bangkok Metropolitan Electricity Authority’s Klong Daan Cable Tunnel , in ... More Information

North East Link Tender Announced

The North East Link has gone out to market, and they are calling for expressions of interest from builders. Builders are invited to apply to deliver the $200 million early works package, expected ... More Information

Köhlbrand crossing update

The operation of the Köhlbrandbrücke is no longer regarded as economically viable beyond 2030. In addition, the bridge, which was inaugurated in 1974 and has a headroom of 53 metres, no ... More Information

TBM-DiG 2019

The TBM DiGs conference series provides a specialized technological forum discussing and exchanging knowledge related to TBM works in difficult grounds. The 4th edition will be held between the ... More Information

Thames Tideway press release

Thames Tideway press release

Super sewer machine starts work as first-of-its-kind tunnelling apprenticeship launched in UK As the first machine digging London’s super sewer has started work, Tideway has announced ... More Information

Forrestfield Airport Link - Update

Forrestfield Airport Link - Update

Press release - November has seen a high volume of concrete works taking place across our construction sites. At Forrestfield the future station platform walls are being poured, Airport Central ... More Information

CEC India - TBM tender

  CEC India - TBM tender

  CEC are involved with construction of high value projects across segments like MRTS, National Highways, Bridges, Urban Roads, Railways and SEZ projects. The team includes ... 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