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Australasian Tunnelling Conference 2023

The 18th Australasian Tunnelling will be hosted by the NZTS in Auckland, Aotearoa New Zealand between the 5th and 8th November 2023. With an overarching focus on Trends and Transitions in ... More Information

CEAR’s R&D updates for its MV Junction boxes

CEAR’s R&D updates for its MV Junction boxes

Press Release - Cear’s R&D dept. is always improving the technical performances of its products and specifically for its MV Juction and Distribution boxes. We recently received approval ... More Information

BBT - Segments production started for lot H41 Sill Gorge-Pfons

The main part of tunnels in lot H41 Gola del Sill-Pfons will be driven by two TBMs. The machines - during their tunnelling - will install the rings, composed of prefabricated concrete ... More Information

Strata Worldwide Celebrates 30 Years in Business

The global safety company looks back on accomplishments and looks forward to providing continued support for their industries around the globe. ATLANTA, GEORGIA - January 30, 2023 - Strata ... More Information

Work begins on the Dehesa del Terzuelo tunnel construction on the High Speed Line to Extremadura

Press Release - Adif Alta Velocidad has moved significantly forward in the construction of the 69km second section of the 437km High Speed Line Madrid-Extremadura. This will link Talayuela and ... More Information

Major breakthrough for Broadway Subway Project 

A first major milestone has been reached by the Acciona Ghella Joint Venture on the Broadway Subway Project. Elsie, the first of two 150-m-long TBMs that began excavating for the Broadway Subway ... More Information

Switzerland - construction update for Isla Bella tunnel on A13 

Press release - On January 26, 2023 the patron saint Santa Barbara blessing was given so construction could begin for the safety tunnel for the Isla Bella tunnel. The tunnelling works will be ... More Information

CRCHI Showcases the overall solution for underground engineering equipment at bauma CONEXPO INDIA 2023

The 6th International Trade Fair for Construction Machinery, Building Material Machines, Mining Machines and Construction Vehicles (bauma CONEXPO INDIA 2023) kicked off on January 31, 2023. China ... More Information

Cross River Rail Project - January/February updates

Cross River Rail Project  - January/February updates

Teams have now completed Woolloongabba - Albert Street and Boggo Road - Woolloongabba sections in both directions, Roma Street to the Northern Portal 1.2 km in the upline and 750 m in the ... More Information

HS2 celebrates as longest tunnels reach halfway point under the Chilterns

On 01 February HS2 Ltd confirmed that Florence and Cecilia, the two giant TBMs driving the HS2 high speed rail project’s longest tunnels, have passed the halfway point of the 16 km (10 ... More Information

State of California Awards EUR344 (USD375 million) for VTA’s BART Project 

On 31/01/2023 the State of California awarded EUR344 million (USD375 million) to the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) for its BART extension into Downtown San Jose and Santa ... More Information

Cross River Rail Project  - January/February updates 

Teams have now completed Woolloongabba - Albert Street and Boggo Road - Woolloongabba sections in both directions, Roma Street to the Northern Portal 1.2 km in the upline and 750 m in the ... More Information

WTC 2023 - Early Registration Fees deadline extended! 

After many requests, the Early Registration for WTC2023 to be held at Megaron Athens International Conference Centre (MAICC) on 12 – 18 May 2023 has been extended. The new early bird deadline is ... More Information

TERRATEC TBMs - Chennai Metro Rail update

In December, TERRATEC celebrated the assembly of the third of five ordered 6.61m diameter Earth Pressure Balance Tunnel Boring Machines (EPBMs) for the Chennai Metro Rail project in India. ... More Information

City Rail Link Press Release

Press release - Ngā mihi o te Tau Hou (happy New Year) from the team at City Rail Link! We’re back and ready for a busy year working on the next phase of works – fitting out the tunnels and stations ... More Information

Waterproof shotcrete with self-healing properties to repair and protect the vault of  the tunnel Paradiso 

Waterproof shotcrete with self-healing properties to repair and protect the vault of  the tunnel Paradiso  Press Release - The phenomenon of self-healing of cracks in concrete structures is a ... More Information

First blast for the Hovik tunnel on E18

Skanska Norge AS and the Norwegian Public Roads Administration started  the drill&blast excavation works of the Hovik tunnel on the Strand-Ramstadsletta section of the E18 Lysaker-Ramstadsletta. In ... More Information

Works begin on the Perca bypass ready for Winter Olympics 2026

This month the construction site for the 3 km Perca ring road on the SS 49 in Val Pusteria began preparatory works. The Perca ring road will improve the viability and quality of life of the ... More Information

Tunnelling begins on Scarborough Subway Extension

Tunnelling begins on Scarborough Subway Extension

TBM Diggy Scardust has officially started tunnelling for the Scarborough’s 7.8-km subway extension that will bring subway service farther north into Scarborough and accommodate as many as ... More Information

Kanpur Metro - Second breakthrough on Moti Jheel-Nayaganj underground section

Kanpur Metro - Second breakthrough on Moti Jheel-Nayaganj underground section

On the 17/01/2023 the Joint Venture Gulermak-Sam India reached an important milestone with the breakthrough of the Terratec TBM S92. The breakthrough happened at Nayaganj Station on the 3.62 km Moti ... More Information

Sepulveda Transit Corridor project

Sepulveda Transit Corridor project

Metro will host three community open houses - one of which will be virtual - on January 21, 24, and 26 - for the Sepulveda Transit Corridor Project, which will build a heavy rail line or monorail ... More Information

WTC2023 - Early Registration

WTC2023 - Early Registration

WTC 2023 will be held in a hybrid format. It will mainly be a congress with physical attendance combined with its digital side. Physical participation is encouraged so that this congress marks the ... More Information

Norway - Stad Ship Tunnel supplier conference

To date, in relation to the Stad ship tunnel construction project, about 50 contractors and suppliers have registered for the Supplier Conference. The conference will be held in Gardermoen on the ... More Information

Update for the Lonato tunnel on the HS/HC railway line Brescia East - Verona

On Saturday 7 January 2023, the TBM Martina - diameter 10.03 m, length 150 m and weight 1,750 t - began excavation from the Campagna di Lonato site  of the 4782 m second tube of the Lonato rock ... More Information

The Cairo Metro Line 4 Project

The Cairo Metro Line 4 Project

In December 2022 Eng. Sayed Farouk - CEO & Chairman of the Arab Contractors Company, visited the Cairo Metro Line 4 project to follow up on the work progress. First, there was a meeting to ... More Information

UYAK2023 Deadline Extended

On the request from authors, the full paper submission date of UYAK2023 Symposium has been extended up to January 15, 2023. The full papers of the accepted abstracts should be uploaded to the ... More Information

Normet acquires Finland-based boom systems manufacturer Rambooms and hydraulic attachments supplier Marakon

Press release - Normet has agreed to acquire Rambooms Oy, a manufacturer and supplier of rock breaker boom systems, and Marakon Oy, a supplier of hydraulic hammers and excavator attachments for the ... More Information

Undergraduates offered paid summer placements on HS2

University students who live, or study, in the Midlands are being offered the chance to join HS2’s construction partner Balfour Beatty VINCI (BBV) on an eight-week paid work placement this ... More Information

TBM named for the S19 Rzeszów Południe - Babica expressway

TBM named for the S19 Rzeszów Południe - Babica expressway

The name of the TBM that will drill the 2.2 km long tunnel on the S19 Rzeszów Południe - Babica expressway was recently announced as Karpatka.   A selection of names were chosen by ... More Information

Romania - Last breakthrough for the Batuta tunnel 

In January the excavation of the Batuta railway tunnel was completed. It is part of upgrading of the Frontiera-Curtici-Simeria railway line for trains with a maximum speed of 160 km/h. This ... More Information

Two TERRATEC EPBMS ready for Bangkok flood prevention project

Two TERRATEC EPBMS ready for Bangkok flood prevention project

Two new TERRATEC TBMs will take part in the Khlong Prem Prachakorn Drainage Tunnel Project for the Department of Drainage and Sewage Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) in Thailand. ... More Information

The Double Shield Hard Rock TBM Jasmine starts drive

On December 7th the first double shield hard rock TBM - named Jasmine after the Philippines’ national flower ‘’sampaguita’’ and imported from China - has started to ... More Information

Chengdu-Zigong High-speed Railway project - Breakthrough in the Jinxiu tunnel

Chengdu-Zigong High-speed Railway project - Breakthrough in the Jinxiu tunnel

Press release - On December 12th - after 14 months of boring - Jinxiu, the China’s largest EPB TBM, developed by CRCHI marked its first major breakthrough in ... More Information

TBM Lilia for Brenner Base Tunnel passes acceptance test

TBM Lilia for Brenner Base Tunnel passes acceptance test

The first of the two TBMs for the H41 Sill Gorge-Pfons construction lot of the Brenner Base Tunnel has formally passed its acceptance test at Herrenknecht AG in Schwanau, Germany. The ... More Information

Switzerland - PoLuMe: given green light from the Federal Council

In its meeting on the 16th December 2022, the Federal Council approved the general project for the upgrading of the A2 motorway from Lugano to Mendrisio (PoLuMe). The total investment amounts to ... More Information

The HRBT Expansion Project - TBM Main Drive Installation update

The HRBT Expansion Project - TBM Main Drive Installation update

Work is progressing on the reassembly and placement within cell 1 of the South Island Launch Pit of TBM Mary with her shield section already to set in place. In the next few days the team will lift ... 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

HOCHTIEF-MURPHY Joint Venture (HMJV)

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