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Atlas Copco to acquire GIA.

Stockholm, Sweden, December 16, 2011: Atlas Copco AB has agreed to acquire the underground business of GIA Industri AB from Vätterledens Verkstad AB. With the acquisition, Atlas Copco broadens its offering with products including electric mine trucks, utility vehicles and ventilation systems. More Information

Listec line type heat detector

Listec GmbH of Isen, near Muenchen in Germany is supplying its line type heat detector to two major European projects: Line C of Rome metro, and Frejus road tunnel. More Information

Crossrail unveils its first tunnelling boring machine

Crosssrail has unveiled the first of eight, 1,000 tonne tunnel boring machines that will construct the its tunnels under central London More Information

Emcor SA seeks agents to promote their products.

Emcor SA, a Spanish company that manufactures and supplies materials for the tunnelling and mining industry, is looking for agents and/or companies to introduce and sell these products in Austria, Germany, France, Finland and Russia. More Information

New Rotterdam river crossing approved

New Rotterdam river crossing approved

On 08.12.2011 Dutch transport minister Melanie Schultz van Haegen gave the green light to build the Blankenburg road tunnel, west of Rotterdam. More Information

Chile – Seli has completed the exploratory tunnel for Los Bronces mine

On November 17, 2011 just over two years after works began, the Seli TBM completed the excavation of an 8km exploratory tunnel for the Los Bronces mine. Los Bronces is one of the largest copper mines in the world, and is located near Cordigliera in the Andes. More Information

USA – The state of Virginia signs off road and tunnel contracts worth USD 3 Billion

A joint venture between Skanska Infrastructure Development and Macquarie Group worth US$2.1 Billion was approved by VDOT to build a new Midtown Tunnel and to rehabilitate the existing Midtown tunnel in Virginia. More Information

CIFA formworks for Strategic Tunnel Enhancement Programme (STEP)

As a part of the new Strategic Tunnel Enhancement Programme (STEP) awarded by ADSSC of Abu Dhabi to Impregilo for the construction of the 2 lots T02 and T03, CIFA will supply formworks for the cast lining on site. More Information

Naples Line 6 reaches Municipio

Naples Line 6 reaches Municipio

On 23.11.2011 breakthrough was achieved on the Mergellina-Municipio section of Naples Line 6 when the Wirth EPB TBM reached the exit shaft in Municipio. Excavation of the 2,902 m-long, 8.25 m-diameter tunnel below the water table started in October, 2007. More Information

MoU signed for Belgrade metro

On 18.11.2011 a Memorandum of Understanding was signed between the city of Belgrade and Alstom Transport South Europe for construction of a new EUR1billion public rail transport system. A 15-month preliminary study by Egis Rails will determine the full technical and operational features of a 15 km line (L1) with 4.5 km underground and 25 stations. Located on the southern bank of the Danube, the Y shaped line will connect the central districts of the city, linking Ustanicka-Novi Merkator to Tvornicka on one branch, to Zelesnicka Stanica Novi Beograd on the other. More Information

Normet concrete sprayer debuts in Mexico

Normet concrete sprayer debuts in MexicoNormet introduced its new Alpha series diesel hydraulic mobile concrete sprayer, the Semmco Alpha 30, at the recent CIM mining convention in Acapulco, Mexico. ... More Information

Final breakthrough for T-Connection in Norway

Final breakthrough for T-Connection in NorwayOn 13.10.2011 final breakthrough for the 9 km-long undersea tunnel of Norway's T-Connection was safely achieved by contractor AF Gruppen AS. The project, ... More Information

Italian breakthroughs

Italian breakthroughsOn 24.10.2011 breakthrough was achieved on the north tube of the Collemaggio tunnel, located between km9.244 and km10.036 on the SS318. Two days later, another tunnel holed out ... More Information

Middle East Tunnelling 2011

Middle East Tunnelling 2011This event takes place at Oryx Rotana Hotel in Doha, Qatar on 12-14th December, 2011. The region is home to some of the most significant and innovative tunnelling projects ... More Information

Robbins EPB starts Baku metro drive

Robbins EPB starts Baku metro driveA 6.3 m-diameter Robbins EPB has commenced boring the Baku metro in Azerbaijan. Together with another similar EPB, the machine will bore parallel 3.5 km-long ... More Information

Higher costs for Blanka tunnel in Prague

Higher costs for Blanka tunnel in PragueSaturday 15.10.2011 was open day at Blanka road tunnel, part of the northwest section of the Prague ring road in the Czech Republic. The construction cost is ... More Information

Middle East Tunnelling 2011

Middle East Tunnelling 2011The MEED Middle East tunnelling conference takes place in Doha, Qatar on 12-14th December, 2011. It will provide attendees with the latest information on tunnelling ... More Information

Minova acquires SDA business

Minova acquires SDA businessMinova, part of Australian group Orica, has acquired the self drilling anchor business from Atlas Copco MAI of Feistriz, Austria. Minova International is the world's ... More Information

Amsterdam-Almere metro feasibility studies

Amsterdam-Almere metro feasibility studiesThree selected consortia have completed technical and economic feasibility studies for the prposed direct metro link between Amsterdam and Almere across the ... More Information

ZED gets prestigious achievement award

ZED gets prestigious achievement awardZED Tunnel Guidance Ltd has received the Queen's Award for International Trade. The award follows the company's outstanding achievement in international trade, ... More Information

Sluiskil tunnel construction started

Sluiskil tunnel construction startedOn 05.10.2011, after a period of preparatory work, construction of the east adit of the 1,330 m-long twin tube Sluiskil tunnel under the Ghent-Terneuzen Canal in ... More Information

Breakthrough in SS77 Belfiore tunnel

Breakthrough in SS77 Belfiore tunnelOn 26.09.2011 breakthrough was achieved on the South carriageway of the 1,101 m-long Belfiore tunnel on the SS77 Val di Chienti. For more click here and it/116. ... More Information

Road tunnels manual

Road tunnels manualThe 24th World Road Congress took place in Mexico from 27.09.2011 to 30.09.2011. During the congress, the new road tunnels manual was installed online in English and French. The ... More Information

Sandvik rigs winning in Rio de Janeiro

Sandvik rigs winning in Rio de JaneiroMain contractor Odebrecht is upgrading 25 km of main highway between Barra and Santa Cruz in the southern suburbs of Rio, including construction of the 1.1 ... More Information

Robbins at AFTES International Congress in Lyon

Robbins at AFTES International Congress in LyonFind out more about high cover tunnelling at Robbins' technical session on Wednesday, 19th October at the AFTES Congress in Lyon, France. Paper title: ... More Information

VMT opens branch office in US

VMT opens branch office in USThe current dramatic growth in the US tunnelling industry has resulted in VMT opening an office in Sumner, WA to service its clients more effectively. The new facility ... More Information

Contitech commitment to sustainability

Contitech commitment to sustainabilityContitech division of Continental is a leader in rubber technical elastomer products and plastics technology. The company has introduced its sustainability ... More Information

Montcada EPB completes its task

Montcada EPB completes its taskOn 28.09.2011, 11.7 m-diameter Herrenknecht EPB Montcada reached the exit shaft after a 3,017 m drive north-south at up to 50 m depth. Its 105 m-long back-up installed ... More Information

tunnelbuilder readership hits new highs

tunnelbuilder readership hits new highsSeptember was a good month for tunnelbuilder.com, with a weekday readership high of 1,586/day and a weekend high of 983/day. Daily average was 956, which rolls ... More Information

Thames tunnels to be bored by Herrenknecht TBMs

Thames tunnels to be bored by Herrenknecht TBMsHochtief/Murphy JV will use two Herrenknecht slurry TBMs to drive the 2 x 2.6 km-long x 6 m-diameter Crossrail Thames tunnels. This brings to eight the ... More Information

Cut/cover tunnel on the SS36 at Monza in Italy

Cut/cover tunnel on the SS36 at Monza in ItalyThe link road under construction between the SS36 and the Milan motorway network crosses the municipalities of Monza and Cinisello Balsamo, through ... More Information

Austunnel Partnering Success

Austunnel Partnering SuccessAustunnel supplies professional tunnelling personnel such as supervisors, TBM fitters/mechanics, electricians, PLC electricians, boilermaker/welders and TBM pilots. ... More Information

Tunnel design and construction

Tunnel design and constructionThe latest conference in the series takes place on 16-18 November, 2011 in Amsterdam. For full details of speakers visit Tunnel Design & Construction Europe. 39/11. More Information

South Tyrol Castelbello ring road decision

South Tyrol Castelbello ring road decision The competition for the construction of the 3 km-long Castelbello and Colsano ring on the SS 38 has been decided, and funds will be allocated in 2012. The ... More Information

Fire protection and safety in tunnels

Fire protection and safety in tunnelsThird annual international conference takes place October 11-12, 2011 in Salzburg, Austria. More from www.arena-international.com/fpst2011/index.html. 38/11. More Information

Going underground at IUT

Going underground at IUTThis week sees the sixth international underground and tunnel fair IUT taking place in the Hagerbach Test Gallery (VSH) near Sargans, Switzerland from 14-15 September. 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