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VMT newsletter

VMT newsletter

The first VMT newsletter of 2015 is available for download. Click here and visit www.vmt-gmbh.de. 18/15. More Information

A myth dispelled

A myth dispelled

The full recording of the Robbins webinar on the success of TBMs over other tunnelling methods is now available for viewing at http://bit.ly/TBMRecording. All of the questions that were posed before ... More Information

Purple Line to San Siro

Purple Line to San Siro

On 29.04.2015 Metro 5 SpA will inaugurate the extension Garibaldi station to San Siro Stadium with five new stations of driverless automatic Line 5 in Milan. The Purple Line from Bignami Northern ... More Information

Seven Service in UAE tunnel

Seven Service in UAE tunnel

Seven Service has delivered its first rotary washer to Abu Dhabi (UAE): 576 m - 72 m underground and 504 m above ground - in the Al Salam tunnel. Seven Service, after the acquisition of contracts in ... More Information

Sandvik quarry seminar

Sandvik quarry seminar

Sandvik Construction Russia, together with official distributor Quarry-Service, recently held a highly successful Quarry Seminar located in Yekaterinburg. It was focused on the drilling and blasting ... More Information

Karavanke dualling

Karavanke dualling

On 14.04.2015, at Bruck an der Mur, Austria, the Slovenian and Austrian state motorway companies signed an agreement on the construction of a second tube of the 8 km-long Karavanke tunnel linking ... More Information

HST Tokyo to Nagoya

HST Tokyo to Nagoya

At the beginning of April a Japanese magnetic levitation train broke its own world speed record, hitting 603 km/h. The test marks the end of high-speed test runs to decide the best operational speed ... More Information

Rome B1 metro complete

Rome B1 metro complete

On 21.04.2015 Salini Impregilo SpA completed and handed over to the city of Rome the last section of line B1 of the Rome Metro stretching from the Conca d'Oro station to the Jonio station. The Jonio ... More Information

WTC technical visits

WTC is offering four interesting technical visits that will take place after the closure of the congress: Underground structures of HPP Zakucac and HPP Peruca - on 28.05.2015 Underground ... More Information

Evergreen line TBM maintenance

Evergreen line TBM maintenance

In British Columbia, Canada the Evergreen Line is being driven by TBM Alice, named for Alice Wilson, born in 1881 in Cobourg (Ontario) and the first woman to hold a professional position at the ... More Information

Sunset Tunnel renovation

Last month the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) began replacing the ageing track and other infrastructure inside the 1,290 m Sunset Tunnel to improve safety and reliability of ... More Information

Call for Abstracts

All authors are invited and encouraged to submit their maximum 300 words abstracts for consideration and inclusion in the Scientific Programme for Underground Construction Prague 2016. All abstracts ... More Information

Toronto-York Spadina plan

In Canada, the TTC Board approved a plan to complete the Toronto-York Spadina Subway Extension (TYSSE) project by the end of 2017. Tunnelling with the four TBMs was completed 18 months ... More Information

Eglinton Crosstown TBMs move

Eglinton Crosstown TBMs move

Over the weekend of April 17-20, 2015 the TBMs Dennis and Lea involved in the construction of the Eglinton Crosstown light rail transit line in Toronto, Canada will be lifted out of the extraction ... More Information

Improving rail links to Heathrow

A new direct rail link connecting the west to Heathrow will improve passenger journeys to the UK’s busiest airport and help to increase economic productivity across the Thames Valley. Network ... More Information

Sandvik DT1131i jumbo in Korea

Sandvik DT1131i jumbo in Korea

A new high speed railway is being constructed in Korea to link Wonju and Gangneung as part of an extensive infrastructure programme for the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics. Gusan Construction has ... More Information

New Sandvik Construction website

New Sandvik Construction website

Sandvik Construction has launched a brand new website to provide customers with information tailored to their specific requirements. To view, visit www.construction.sandvik.com. 15/15. More Information

Parallel Thimble Shoal tunnel

The Parallel Thimble Shoal Tunnel Project in Virginia, US currently includes the following elements of design and construction: approximately 1,740 m of two-lane tunnel connecting previously ... More Information

Robbins system in Indianapolis

Robbins system in Indianapolis

On 05.03.2015 a Robbins 6.2 m-diameter Main Beam TBM completed boring a 2.8 km-long extension tunnel, known as the Eagle Creek Tunnel, for the Indianapolis Deep Tunnel System in Indiana, USA. The ... More Information

Turkey Expositions

Tunnel Expo Turkey takes place in Istanbul 27-29th August, 2015. The Expo parallels a concurrent Mining Expo, and also hosts a tunnelling short course. Read the prospectus and visit ... More Information

Delaware-Rondout Aqueduct Bypass Tunnel

The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) will build a 4.02 km-long bypass tunnel around a leaking portion of the Delaware-Rondout aqueduct in New York. Other leaks in the Town of Wawarsing, ... More Information

Robbins webinar 1-2015

Robbins webinar 1-2015

The first Robbins webinar of the year is scheduled for 15th April, 2015. Webinar Details: Title:  A Myth Dispelled: In Difficult Ground, the Time for Drill & Blast Excavation has ... More Information

Terratec in Laos

Terratec in Laos

A Terratec 5.74 m-diameter double shield hardrock TBM has started boring and lining 11.3 km of a hydro tunnel in Laos. Read the press release and visit www.terratec.co. If you have not yet read ... More Information

Robbins top stories

Robbins top stories

Robbins year-end edition of its Underground Innovations newsletter reviews 2014/2015 projects in the article Up for the Challenge. Read the newsletter and visit www.TheRobbinsCompany.com. 14/15. More Information

Northgate link extension

Northgate link extension

On 17.03.2015 TBM Brenda broke through the north wall at the future Roosevelt Station of the Northgate Link Extension in Seattle, US. The EUR2 billion Northgate Link Extension will connect ... More Information

Southbound Ceneri holing

Southbound Ceneri holing

On 30.03.2015, the final breakthrough in the south-bound east tube of the Ceneri Base Tunnel linked Sigirino with the south adit at Vezia, some five years from the first blast by Consortium ... More Information

Ceneri breakthroughs

Ceneri breakthroughs

On 17.03.2015, thirteen months ahead of schedule, the first breakthrough to the south took place in the southbound west tube of the Ceneri Base Tunnel. The deviation was extremely small, only 2 cm ... More Information

London Power Tunnels completion

London Power Tunnels completion

On 11.03.2015 TBM Evelyn broke into the shaft at Kensal Green bringing to an end the tunnel construction phase of the London Power Tunnels project, the  longest single tunnelling contract in ... More Information

BBT tunnels approved

On 24.03.2015 the Province of Bolzano approved the project for the construction of the main tunnels of the Brenner Basis Tunnel (Lot Mules) and confirmed the requirements for environmental ... More Information

Joint statement on cross alpine corridors

Joint statement on cross alpine corridors

On 20.03.2015, at Innsbruck, the joint statement on cross alpine corridors was signed. The Austria, Germany, France, Slovenia, Switzerland and Liechtenstein ministers of transport signed an European ... More Information

Cifa at Intermat 2015

Cifa at Intermat 2015

CIFA is further widening the Carbotech range truck-mounted pumps that, thanks to new high-performance materials, feature longer booms while still respecting weight limits. Two more models will be ... More Information

TBM Victoria arrival

TBM Victoria arrival

London Crossrail TBM Victoria, named after Queen Victoria who oversaw the birth of modern railways, has successfully broken in to the eastern end of Liverpool Street Crossrail station. The ... More Information

Follo Line award

Follo Line award

Acciona (Spain) in partnership with Ghella (Italy) have been named preferred bidders by the Norwegian National Rail Administration to design and build the 19 km-long twin tunnels of the Follo Line ... More Information

Project Managers for Norway

Project Managers for Norway

International tunnelling recruitment specialist iPS is seeking managers, planners and QS for a tunnel project in Norway, starting immediately and with two-year duration. ... More Information

19 TBMs drive Delhi Metro

Some 19 TBMs are currently engaged in constructing tunnels of Phase 3 of Delhi Metro, where 74 separate tunnelling drives are planned. Around 41 km of tunnelling and 33 tunnelling drives have been ... More Information

Terratec’s 25th anniversary

Terratec’s 25th anniversary

Terratec was incorporated in Australia in 1990 to satisfy the local market for TBMs and RBMs. Since then, the company has expanded its sales coverage into China, South East Asia, India, Europe and ... 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