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Normet acquires Dynamic Rock Support

Normet acquires Dynamic Rock Support

Normet, with its purchase of DRS, can now offer the new generation energy-absorbent D-bolt system alongside its sprayed concrete, grouting and injection products through its international network More Information

Excavation completed on Fv 714

Construction work on three road tunnels for Fv 714 Mjones-Valslag, awarded to Kruse Smith, started in October, 2011. The job was completed on 08.01.2013 by breakthrough in the 2,601 m-long Valslag tunnel. More Information

New video from Bonar

Bonar has launched a new online video resource describing their products and the way in which they can be best used. The focus is on Adfil construction fibres, which are increasingly replacing More Information

China Tunnel Summit agenda

The agenda for the 7th China Tunnel Summit to be held in Wuxi on 7-8th March, 2013 has been published, along with the list of confirmed speakers. More Information

IPS celebrates quarter century

IPS celebrates quarter century

International recruitment agency iPS, who specialize in providing personnel to the tunnelling industry, are celebrating 25 years in the business. More Information

Semmering base tunnel preparation

Work is underway on access ramps to the portal sites of the new Semmering base tunnel in Austria. More Information

Call of papers for SIG Congress during Expotunnel

Call of papers for SIG Congress during Expotunnel

The Italian Tunnelling Society has organized the international congress Tunnelling and Underground Space in Europe Development to take place during ExpoTunnel, More Information

Senior management vacancies

International recruitment agency iPS is seeking qualified and experienced managers to fill vacancies More Information

Toronto-York Spadina update

Toronto-York Spadina update

The four Caterpillar TBMs working for the Toronto-York Spadina Subway Extension bore an average of 15 m/day. Holey and Moley are building all of the tunnels south of Finch West Station, the southern tunnels, while Yorkie and Torkie are building all of the tunnels north of Finch West Station, or the northern tunnels. More Information

Callosa de Segura starts

Callosa de Segura starts

On 29.11.2012 excavation commenced from the southern adit of the 2,050 m Callosa de Segura railway tunnel, located on the 9.8 km San Isidro-Orihuela section of the Madrid-Castilla More Information

Viatec and Brenner Congress

Viatec, the road construction and infrastructure maintenance international show, will be held in Bolzano February 21-23, 2013. More Information

High speed rail in Italy

The European Union will provide combined support of EUR10 million from the TEN-T Programme for two key rail infrastructure projects in the northern Italian region of Lombardy. More Information

ImpreService for casting accessories

ImpreService for casting accessories

Italy-based company ImpreService is committed to the design and manufacture of accessories for precast concrete segments for tunnels. More Information

Representation opportunity with Emcor

Spanish manufacturer Emcor has 30 years history in the production and supply of underground roof support equipment, including the successful Expanbol friction bolt. More Information

Important start on Cerdedelo-Prado

Towards end-November, 2012 NATM excavation started on the 52 sq m left hand tube of Cerdedelo-Prado railway tunnel on the Madrid-Galicia high speed line. More Information

Koralm tunnel TBMs start

Koralm tunnel TBMs start

Two 9.93 m-diameter Aker Wirth TBMs have started construction of the 18 km-long central section (lot KAT 2) of the 32.5 km Koralm high-speed railway tunnel between Graz and Klagenfurt. More Information

Welcome to CBE newsletter number 6

The latest CBE newsletter focuses on innovation in practice, with products such as the anchored gasket being used for segments on the Lee tunnel in London and the Blue Plains sewer project in ... More Information

NFM EPB for Bucharest metro

NFM Technologies has recently added the supply of another TBM to the entrepreneur Astaldi to its list of orders. More Information

Five Crossrail TBMs underway

Five Crossrail TBMs underway

On 09.01.2013 Sophia, Crossrail’s fifth TBM, began the drive from Plumstead to North Woolwich which will carry London’s new rail link under the River Thames. More Information

CKR project in Hong Kong

CKR project in Hong Kong

The second phase of public engagement activities for the proposed Central Kowloon Route (CKR) in Hong Kong commenced on 05.12.2012: More Information

Meditunnel registration

The ITA-sponsored Mediterranean Tunnelling conference scheduled for May 7-8th in Porec, Croatia has published registration forms. More Information

NFM to build Sicilian giant

NFM to build Sicilian giant

NFM Technologies, based in the French cities of Lyons and Le Creusot, is starting the New Year with a couple of significant TBM orders which include the 15.08 m-diameter machine that will excavate the twin 3.9 km tubes More Information

Jennmar supports tunnelling

Jennmar supports tunnelling

US-based Jennmar and its network of affiliates aim to provide customers with a complete resource for all ground control requirements with reduced cost and short lead times. More Information

New Year, new jobs

International specialist recruitment agency iPS is seeking graduate engineers to fill two interesting positions in the Middle East tunnelling sector. More Information

Robbins TBM completes Milchbuck

Robbins TBM completes Milchbuck

On 04.12.2012 a 4.15 m-diameter Robbins TBM made its final breakthrough in Zurich, Switzerland. More Information

BASF sells Meyco

BASF has signed a contract to sell its Meyco equipment business, based in Winterthur, Switzerland, to Atlas Copco. More Information

ADFIL newsletter, latest edition

ADFIL newsletter, latest edition

The December issue of ADFIL newsletter observes that 2012 has been a highly successful year for the manufacturer of construction fibres, and carries clients’ More Information

St. Barbara celebrated in Bevera Tunnel

St. Barbara celebrated in Bevera Tunnel

St. Barbara day this year was celebrated in Bevera tunnel, on the new rail link Arcisate-Mendrisio, 14.8 km long, of which 8.2 km in Italy and 6.6 km in Switzerland. More Information

Robbins TBM for Indianapolis

Robbins TBM for Indianapolis

A 6.2 m-diameter Robbins hard rock cutterhead has been unveiled in Indianapolis, IN, USA at a ceremony that included the city’s mayor and local officials to mark the assembly progress of the main beam TBM. More Information

Switzerland and Italy sign MoU

On 17.12.2012 in Berne, Switzerland and Italy signed declarations of intent aimed at intensifying cooperation in rail transport and energy. More Information

A toast to all our readers!

The management and staff at tunnelbuilder ltd send greetings and good wishes to all our readers around the world at this festive time. More Information

Brenner Congress 2013

The international symposium on the Brenner Base Tunnel (BBT) will take place 21-22nd February during Viatec 2013 in Bolzano. More Information

2013 RETC for Washington, DC

2013 RETC for Washington, DC

The 2013 Rapid Excavation & Tunneling conference and exhibition takes place June 23-26th at Marriott Wardman Park, Washington, DC. More Information

Thousandth tunnel ring placed under Hyde Park

The first of eight Crossrail tunnelling machines is currently tunnelling under London’s Hyde Park after completing 1,000 tunnel rings. More Information

China tunnel summit agenda

The agenda has been published for the 7th China Tunnel Summit, scheduled for 7-8th March, 2013 at the Millennium Hotel in Wu’xi. More Information

Sofia airport metro underway

On 21.11.2012 construction started officially on lot 1, part of the 5 km extension of Sofia metro Line 1 from Tsarigradsko Road to the airport, including four stations 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