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Revisiting the Comedy of Errors

Strange things sometimes happen at tunnelling sites. Maybe they are not so funny at the time, and nobody wants to talk about them. Then, as the years go by, the tale will unfold, embellished by ... More Information

Revisiting the Theatre of Dreams

At tunnelbuilder we have decided to visit some of our past readers submissions about tunnelling successes and mishaps.  We are also going to look at what tunnellers thought may or may not ... More Information

TBMs ordered for Melbourne Metro

Four giant tunnel boring machines (TBMs) will start arriving early next year to build the $11 billion Metro Tunnel that will transform Melbourne’s transport network.   Minister for ... More Information

Melbourne Metro

Melbourne Metro

Be brought right up to date about the Melbourne Metro tunnelling project by reading their latest newsletter here. 14/18 More Information

Follo Line Project update

Follo Line Project update

Almost 2/3 of the Follo line tunnel has now been completed by, the joint venture between Ghella and Acciona. They have bored 24,000 m through extremely hard rock which has been interspersed with ... More Information

Bangladesh – Karnaphuli tunnel

In August 2015 the Government of Bangladesh awarded to the China Communication Construction Company Ltd the contract to build the Karnaphuli road tunnel  (3.5 km long, 10 m wide) in Chittagong, ... More Information

IRF Global R2T

A reminder about the abstract submission deadline The IRF Global R2T Expo & Conference.   The abstract submission deadline has been postponed to April 6, 2018, click here for more. ... More Information

VIP ready to talk TSG innovation at the WTC

VIP ready to talk TSG innovation at the WTC

VIP-Polymers Ltd is taking its latest innovation in tunnel segment gaskets - a major step forward in cast-in gasket design - to the ITA-AITES World Tunnel Congress in Dubai. The patented ... More Information

Robbins Complimentary Webinar

Robbins Complimentary Webinar

Is Your TBM in a Tight Spot? How to Get Through Squeezing Ground, Rock Bursting and More With Brad Grothen, Sindre Log Date: May 16, 2018 If you’ve ever faced mountainous tunneling ... More Information

TERRATEC marks record-breaking TBM advance in Istanbul

TERRATEC marks record-breaking TBM advance in Istanbul

In early March, Senbay Madencilik - Kolin - Kalyon JV achieved a record - breaking TBM production shift during excavation of the Dudullu - Bostancı Metro Line, in Istanbul .    At 7am, ... More Information

Robbins TBM uncovers Spectacular Cavern at Galerie des Janots

Robbins TBM uncovers Spectacular Cavern at Galerie des Janots

Workhorse Machine makes progress in Difficult Ground  A rebuilt Robbins 3.5 m (11.5 ft) diameter Main Beam TBM has yet another milestone to add to its storied career: an unexpected ... More Information

Milestone for the Semmering base tunnel (SBT) lot 2.1

Milestone for the Semmering base tunnel (SBT) lot 2.1

On 15 and 16.02.2018 Swietelsky Tunnelbau GmbH & Co KG, a subsidiary company of the Swietelsky group, reached an important milestone in the construction of the Froeschnitzgraben tunnel (SBT ... More Information

CBE Group reaches 200 automated plants worldwide

CBE Group reaches 200 automated plants worldwide

NORTH EAST BOUNDARY TUNNEL in the USA or the DUBAI DEEP STORM WATER project in the United Arab Emirates are two of the new projects signed by CBE Group at the beginning of the year. As active as ... More Information

Sydney Metro City & Southwest update

The first of five mega TBMS designed, built and to be delivered by Herrenknecht, will be in the ground before the end of this year to drive the twin 15.5km metro rail tunnels between Chatswood and ... More Information

Pickles: The Wirth Roadheader T3.20

Pickles is Australia’s leading asset remarketing organisation with thousands of assets available across vehicles, industrial, salvage and general goods. We’re currently taking EOIs for a Wirth roadheader T3.20. More Information

Twin Peaks Tunnel update

The Twin Peaks Tunnel  (3.54 km-2.2 miles) first opened for service on 03.02.1918, and still is a vital connection between downtown San Francisco (California, USA) and its southern and western ... More Information

India - Road Rehabilitation Projects approved for Jammu and Kashmir

The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways has approved the rehabilitation and upgrading of  the Chenani - Sudhmahadev section of National Highway 244  to two lanes with paved shoulders ... More Information

Cabinet approves Silkyara Bend-Barkot Tunnel in Uttarakhand

The Indian government on Tuesday approved a Rs 1,384 crore tunnel project in Uttarakhand as part of ‘Char Dham’ project to connect the pilgrimage sites - Badrinath, Kedarnath, Yamunotri ... More Information

The TBM Luz de America update

On 27.02.2018 the TBM Luz de America, one of the 3 machines used by Acciona in the Quito Metro Line 1 Consortium, reached its third station, La Magdalena. It travelled 1,700 m and installed 1,134 ... More Information

Completed second metro line in Rennes

On the 28.02.2018 the JV led by Dodin Campenon Bernard which included GTM Ouest and Botte Fondations, both subsidiaries of VINCI Construction France, along with Spie Batignolles TPCI, Spie ... More Information

Metro Line E - Lyon

Sytral, from November 2016 to January 2018, studied the feasibility of a new metro line connecting the center of Lyon to Alai station in Tassin-la-Demi-Lune (at the border between Francheville and ... More Information

Task force to examine the Tallinn tunnel project

On the basis of the final report published in February on the railway tunnel project between Helsinki and Tallinn, the FinEst Link, the Finnish Ministry of Transport and Communications has set up a ... More Information

AST Bochum - Just-in-time means "Immediately"

AST Bochum - Just-in-time means "Immediately"

Just-in-time delivery of materials and products becomes more and more important in our daily rush hour world. What this means for the working process, how much logistic work and what preparations ... More Information

Looking for Heavy Highway/Drilling Foreman

Industry : Site manager Type : Permanent - Full Time Hours Country : United States City : Columbus, OH Salary : Details on request Description : The purpose ... More Information

IPS Announce new appointment - Patrick Mans

IPS Announce new appointment - Patrick Mans

iPS are pleased to announce the appointment of Patrick Mans as Director of Operations for iPS Holdings his appointment began today  01/03/2018. Patrick has been working with iPS for 7 years, as ... More Information

Korean Government improved Infrastructures for Winter Olympic Games

Korean Government improved Infrastructures for Winter Olympic Games

The XXIII Winter Olympic Games held in Peyongchang (South Korea) have highlighted the major underground works undertaken by Korean authorities and the Korean Tunnelling and Underground Space ... More Information

TERRATEC delivers four more EPBMs to Istanbul

TERRATEC delivers four more EPBMs to Istanbul

Gulermak, Nurol & Makyol JV gear up for tunnelling on the Ümraniye-Ataşehir-Göztepe Metro Line, in the latest addition to Istanbul’s ongoing mass transportation ... More Information

Ceneri Base Tunnel

On 23.02.2018, just 7 months after beginning the railway infrastructure systems works, the installation of the tracks in the 15.4 km East tube  of the Ceneri  Base Tunnel have now been ... More Information

WTC 2019 Naples - Call for abstracts

The WTC 2019 will take place from the 3rd  to the  5th  May 2019 at the Mostra d'Oltremare in Naples. The call for abstract started on 31 January will end on 15 May 2018. All ... More Information

Veteran Robbins TBM plays a Main Role in Ending Residential Flooding

Veteran Robbins TBM plays a Main Role in Ending Residential Flooding

Chicago’s Albany Park Diversion Tunnel to go online this spring    In Chicago, Illinois, USA Kenny Construction is nearing completion on the Albany Park Stormwater Diversion Tunnel. ... More Information

New safety tunnels for railway tunnels between Vitoria/Gasteiz and Bilbao

The Government authorized the construction of new emergency exits in 7 tunnels of the Vitoria/Gasteiz-Bilbao-Donostia/San Sebastian-French Border line, on the Vitoria/Gasteiz-Bilbao route, with a ... More Information

N-230 - Sopeira-Veilla tunnel

On the 15.01.2018 the Ministerio de Fomento with the publication in the Official State Gazette (BOE), opened a public information period. This was for an informative study of the N-230 road’s ... More Information

PIARC International Conference on Road Tunnel Operations and Safety

PIARC International Conference on Road Tunnel Operations and Safety

In order to promote the latest knowledge on current key issues and to facilitate technical discussions and debate amongst industry stakeholders, PIARC and its French National Committee have ... More Information

Tideway update – full interview

If you would like to see the full interview with Andy Mitchell and Nick Sumption on innovation at Tideway please click this link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6vLcIVtg-sY&app=desktop .  ... More Information

First TBM launched for Grand Paris Express

First TBM launched for Grand Paris Express

On the 03.02.2018 at the Champigny Plateau site the launch and the christening of the first TBM on the Grand Paris Express took place. Nearly 4,000 people attended the event and watched the ... More Information

Thames Tideway Update

TBMs Millicent and Ursula arrived in London for the super sewer Tideway, the company building London’s super sewer, has welcomed the first shipment of two more TBMs in preparation for the ... 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