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Gotthard milestone

Gotthard milestone

On 16.12.2013 Swiss federal councillor Doris Leuthard officially opened the pilot rail operation in the west tube of the Gotthard base tunnel. For the first time, a train travelled over the ... More Information

Blocked Bertha, the SR 99 TBM

Seattle Tunnel Partners (STP), WSDOT’s design-build tunnel contractor, have taken their first step toward resumption of progress of Bertha, the SR 99 tunnelling machine. More Information

Recordbreaking Ritchie Bros’ auction

Recordbreaking Ritchie Bros’ auction

More than 1,220 bidders from 72 countries registered to participate in the auction in Caorso, Italy on 10.12.2013: a record for the Italian branch. More Information

Eight Terratec TBMs in Delhi

Eight Terratec TBMs in Delhi

Terratec has announced delivery of the final two TBMs of eight ordered for Delhi Metro Phase 3. More Information

Black River launch

Black River launch

Near the banks of the Black River in Ohio, a 7.0 m-diameter Robbins Double Shield TBM and continuous conveyor system are starting up. More Information

First blast in Wolf access

Excavation work by Swietelsky construction company has started on the access tunnel in Wolf, near Steinach, Austria with the first blast on December 4th, St. Barbara's Day. More Information

Morazzone breakthrough

Breakthrough of the east tube of the 2,167m Morazzone tunnel Pedemontana Lombarda was achieved on 04.12.2013 to complete the tunneling works. More Information

Pale breakthrough

Pale breakthrough

On 04.12.2013 final breakthrough was achieved on the Pale tunnel (2,319 m - 2,045 m) in Scopoli, Foligno municipality on SS77 Val di Chienti in Italy. More Information

Bypass for Palermo railway

Bypass for Palermo railway

On 02.12.2013 details were released about the 5 km-long bypass Section B for the railway network in Palermo. More Information

MineARC picks up safety award

MineARC picks up safety award

The international tunnelling award for safety initiative of the year was accepted in London by Thomas Horton of MineARC Systems for its emergency refuge chambers engineered for tunnels under construction. More Information

Aker sells TBM technology to CRTE

Aker Solutions has sold its German Aker Wirth tunnel-boring and shaft-boring technology to China Railway Tunneling Equipment Co. Ltd (CRTE). More Information

Huge Ritchie Bros. auction for Caorso

Huge Ritchie Bros. auction for Caorso

More than a hundred businesses have already supplied 1,020 heavy equipment items and trucks for Ritchie Bros’ final Caorso auction of 2013, to be held on Tuesday December 10, 2013. More Information

Robbins TBMs in Singapore

Robbins TBMs in Singapore

Downtown Line Stage 3 Contract 927 in Singapore involves the construction of two mainline tunnels by TBM, a breakdown siding tunnel by shotcrete lining, and the Bedok Reservoir station. More Information

Singapore expressway opens soon

The Land Transport Authority (LTA) will open the new Marina Coastal Expressway (MCE) from 09.00h on Sunday, 29.12.2013. The 5 km-long MCE, Singapore’s tenth expressway, More Information

University Link to open early

Sound Transit will open the University Link light rail extension by March, 2016, some six months earlier than previously scheduled. More Information

Prado Sud tunnel opens

Prado Sud, a consortium led by Vinci Concessions with Eiffage, inaugurated the 1.5 km-long Prado Sud tunnel in Marseille on 15.11.2013. More Information

Colle di Tenda start

The JV Grandi Lavori Fincosit/Toto Costruzioni Generali has started construction of the new Colle di Tenda tunnel on SS 20 Valle di Roja and Colle di Tenda in Piemonte. More Information

Arabian conference programme

The Arabian tunneling conference and exhibition takes place in Dubai, UAE December 10-11 More Information

OFTA from Robbins

OFTA from Robbins

Onsite First Time Assembly was developed by Robbins for the Niagara Tunnel project, which used a 14.4 m-diameter hard rock TBM. OFTA reduces delivery schedules and overall costs significantly. More Information

Pipe systems in tunnels

Tunnels present designers and engineers with particular challenges when it comes to installing pipework. Read a paper prepared by Dave Hudson, More Information

InterTunnel Russia 2014

InterTunnel Russia will take place 14-16 May at VVC All Russia Exhibition Centre, Moscow - a new venue for 2014. More Information

TBM starts Maddalena survey tunnel

TBM starts Maddalena survey tunnel

On 12.11.2013 TBM excavation started for the Maddalena survey tunnel in Chiomonte on the Lyon-Turin line. More Information

Hong Kong sewage treatment

Hong Kong sewage treatment

On 08.11.2013 the breakthrough ceremony took place for Hong Kong’s Harbour Area Treatment Scheme (HATS) Stage 2A sewage tunnel (North Point-Wan Chai section), marking a new milestone for the project More Information

EnviroLAV from MineARC

EnviroLAV from MineARC

The powerless EnviroLAV is a robust, self-contained, corrosion resistant steel toilet system that is easy to operate and maintain. More Information

Zitron sponsors tunnelbuilder.es

Zitron sponsors tunnelbuilder.es

As the largest Spanish manufacturer of mining and tunnelling ventilation fans, Zitron has been a mainstream advertiser at tunnelbuilder.com More Information

Clean water for Mumbai

Clean water for Mumbai

A rapid Robbins 6.25 m-diameter main beam TBM is speeding up the provision of clean water to 20.5 million residents of Mumbai, India. More Information

Metro construction in Santiago

On 09.11.2013 construction started on the Los Leones station of Santiago metro Line 6. More Information

Transmission line Sorgente-Rizziconi

Transmission line Sorgente-Rizziconi

The underground link between the Favazzina arrival location of the submarine cables and the Scilla power station is key to the new 380 kV AC double-circuit Sorgente-Rizziconi transmission line to link Sicily and Calabria. More Information

World TBM records

For a comprehensive list of TBM records by diameter and type visit More Information

Sandvik jumbos for Tampere

Sandvik jumbos for Tampere

Top Finnish infrastructure company Lemminkainen has chosen Tamrock DT1131i jumbos to excavate the 2.3 km-long Rantavayla tunnel on its Lakeside Route project in Tampere More Information

2nd Eastern European Tunnelling Conference

Abstract submission deadline for next year’s Eastern European Tunnelling Conference is 30.11.2013. More Information

Breakthrough for Crossrail

Breakthrough for Crossrail

On 07.11.2013 Crossrail reached another important milestone as 1,000 t TBM Elizabeth broke into Stepney Green Cavern, one of Europe’s largest mined caverns, in the East End of London. More Information

Fehmarnbelt pre-bid conference

From 12-15th November, Femern A/S will gather together around 125 representatives from the nine consortia that have pre-qualified to bid for work on the immersed tunnel. More Information

TBM Bertha stops for maintenance

A week ago, Seattle’s SR 99 tunnelling machine Bertha stopped near South King Street for scheduled maintenance. More Information

Visit ES Rubber at STUVA

Visit ES Rubber at STUVA

A warm invitation from ES Rubber, renowned manufacturer of gaskets for segmental lining elements, to visit booth G122 More Information

Sandvik roadheaders for Confederation Line

Sandvik roadheaders for Confederation Line

Three Sandvik MT720 roadheaders will be used to excavate the 2.5 km-long tunnel on Ottawa’s 12.5 km-long Confederation Line. More Information

Tunnelling News

Consortium of Aecom and Arcadis appointed to tunnel and station design contract for Ontario metro

The scope of work for the PTUS contract includes construction of 3km of twin tunnels underneath Pape Avenue between the Gerrard tunnel portal and ... More Information

Snowy Hydro is inching towards powering the nation

... tunnelling progress of one of its critical boring machines ... Some 80 metres underground in temperatures well in excess of 30C, tunnel boring machine ... More Information

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