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Four Robbins EPBs for Brazil

Four Robbins EPBs for Brazil

Metro Fortaleza will be the first application of Robbins EPBs in Brazil. Four 6.92 m-diameter machines have been ordered ahead of contractor selection. More Information

ExpoTunnel in Bologna, Italy 17-19 October 2013

ExpoTunnel in Bologna, Italy 17-19 October 2013

The first edition of the trade show dedicated to all product sectors related to underground, for the creation of underground works as well as the investigation and exploration of ground conditions, will take place on 17th-19th October, 2013 at Bologna Fairground. More Information

SR99 TBM starts digging

SR99 TBM starts digging

On 30.07.2013 TBM Bertha, involved in the Alaskan Way Viaduct Replacement More Information

Sandvik drilling rigs for Sakarya

Sandvik drilling rigs for Sakarya

Contractor Bayburt has ordered seven Sandvik rigs for its Turkish State Railway project More Information

iPS seeking TBM professionals

International recruitment consultant iPS is currently looking for personnel for an upcoming project in Europe starting mid-September. More Information

San Giorgio/Brunico bypass proposals

Florian Mussner, provincial commissioner of public works at Bolzano, presented the 13 variants for the construction of a bypass in San Giorgio/Brunico. More Information

Mom Chung bites dirt at San Francisco

On 26.07.2013 the Robbins EPB, named Mom Chung, started digging, kicking off construction of San Francisco’s new subway tunnel. More Information

TBM Martina ended Sparvo tunnel

TBM Martina ended Sparvo tunnel

On 29.07.2013, after only eight months tunnelling, the 15.62-diameter TBM Martina, built by Herrenknecht for Toto Costruzioni Generali, broke through the 2,600 m south tube of Sparvo tunnel More Information

Terratec microtunnelling system for Bangkok

Terratec microtunnelling system for Bangkok

Terratec has completed factory acceptance tests for a 1.5 m-diameter microtunnelling system to be used in the Bangkok metropolitan area. More Information

Another tunnelling milestone

Tunnelling has been concentrated in Italy, Norway and Spain over most of the 15 years during which tunnelbuilder has been monitoring activity. More Information

Delegations at ExpoTunnel

Delegations at ExpoTunnel

Major Russian and Brazilian delegations will be introduced at ExpoTunnel in Bologna, 17-19th October, 2013 as part of the internationalisation plan for the show. More Information

Robbins sets Indianapolis 24-hour record

Robbins sets Indianapolis 24-hour record

Just two weeks after Tony Kanaan set the fastest winning average speed of over 300 km/h in the Indy 500, a 37 year-old, 6.2 m-diameter Robbins More Information

Milan metro holed out

On 18.07.2013 the fourth and last TBM, the S238 named Roberta driving the underground section between Monumentale and Tre Torri stations, reached Pozzo Orafi, More Information

Sold at Ritchie Bros auction in Caorso

Sold at Ritchie Bros auction in Caorso

At a large industrial auction held by Ritchie Bros. in Caorso (Piacenza) on 11.07.2013, a selection of 1,130 heavy equipment items and trucks were sold to a large crowd of bidders. More Information

Second breakthrough in Val Sarentino

Breakthrough in the second Val Sarentino road tunnel is scheduled for midday on 19.07.2013. More Information

NFM TBM at Caltanissetta

The first parts of the 15 m-diameter, 100 m-long NFM TBM ordered for the twin 3.9 km tubes of the Caltanissetta road tunnel have arrived at site. More Information

TBM dedication in Seattle

On 20.07.2013 a public celebration took place at TBM Bertha’s launch site to mark the start of the SR 99 tunnel beneath Seattle. More Information

Warsaw Metro progress

Warsaw Metro progress

On 28.10.2009 the JV Astaldi (Italy), Gulermak (Turkey) and PBDiM (Poland) signed the EUR780 million contract for design and construction of Warsaw Metro Line 2, More Information

Active tenders

Just as you were thinking you might get a quiet, unstressed holiday season, the tunnelbuilder active tenders list has hit 70 for the first time. More Information

CBE newsletter number 7

CBE newsletter number 7

The latest issue of the informative CBE newsletter has been published, with topics such as special precast facilities, interviews and project updates. More Information

Crossrail newsletter

The Crossrail Moving Ahead newsletter has been released giving full updates on this project, which is now in its fourth year. More Information

Mumbai Metro approval

The Union Cabinet has approved the Mumbai Metro Line-3 Colaba-Bandra-Santacruz Electronics Export Processing Zone (Colaba-Bandra-SEEPZ) corridor. More Information

Pir Panchal inauguration

Pir Panchal inauguration

On 26.06.2013 the 11 km Pir Panchal railway tunnel opened as the longest tunnel in India. More Information

Explosion-proof equipment at Ritchie Bros auction in Italy

Explosion-proof equipment at Ritchie Bros auction in Italy

World-renowned auctioneer Ritchie Bros is selling a variety of heavy equipment at 08.30h on Thursday, 11.07.2013 More Information

Legacy Way TBMs hole out

Legacy Way TBMs hole out

Both 12.4 m-diameter TBMs excavating the Legacy Way tunnels from Toowong to Kelvin Grove in Brisbane, Australia have now holed out some two months ahead of schedule More Information

Fire Protection and Safety

Fire Protection and Safety

The fifth conference on fire protection and safety in tunnels will be held in Copenhagen, from 11th to 12th September, 2013 More Information

Railworld 2013 for Bangkok

The ninth Railworld Summit will take place in Bangkok, Thailand on 24th and 25th October, 2013. More Information

Innovative segment handling clamp

Innovative segment handling clamp

Acimex, the handling equipment branch of CBE, has supplied a clamp to feed complete piles of segments to the TBM More Information

Second TBM reaches Canary Wharf

Crossrail’s second TBM has reached Canary Wharf box, breaking through on 06.06.2013. More Information

Corga de Vela excavation complete

On 13.06.2013 Adif completed the drilling of the Corga de Vela railway tunnel. More Information

Work starts on SS 223

On 14.06.2013 Anas started work on the four-lane adaptation of the 11.56 km Lanzo-Ornate section in Civitella Paganico More Information

Kaiserstuhl tunnel approval

On 14.06.2013, the Swiss Federal Council approved the 3.8 km-long extension of Bruenigstrasse, More Information

CIFA at WTC2013

At WTC2013 in Geneva earlier this month, the three-floor exhibition was fully sold out with more than 100 exhibitors. Some 1,500 visitors attended the event. More Information

ES Rubber at Delhi metro

ES Rubber at Delhi metro

The India representative for Ein Shemer, Trikausch India Pvt Ltd, has been working on two significant sections of Delhi metro with a total length of bored tunnels exceeding 18 km. More Information

Mapei at WTC2013

Mapei at WTC2013

WTC2013 was a successful congress, with more than 1,800 participants, some 110 exhibitors and several very well attended social events. More Information

Moscow metro breakthrough

Moscow metro breakthrough

On Friday 24.05.2013 the first of three Robbins EPBs excavating the Moscow Metro made its breakthrough. 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