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19 Chinese workers rescued following tunnel collapse

Nineteen workers have been rescued after a tunnel collapsed during construction in southwestern China, reports the official Xinhua News Agency. The workers, from a road construction crew in Shangrila county in Yunnan province, were buried on Tuesday when unstable geological conditions caused the tunnel to cave in. Read more

Singapore and Abu Dhabi to collaborate

Singapore’s Land Transport Authority (LTA) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Abu Dhabi’s Department of Transport (DoT), to collaborate in the exchange of information and expertise in areas such as transport system programme management and development.  Read more

Gotthard final breakthrough

Excavation of the 57km long Gotthard Base Tunnel was completed on Wednesday, with the breakthrough of the second tube, thereby completing tunnel boring on the world’s longest tunnel. The event follows the completion of the eastern tube five months ago. Read more

McNally/Aecon win Canada’s challenging Port Mann Tunnel contract

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In mid-March, a joint venture of McNally International and Aecon Constructors was officially awarded the contract for Metro Vancouver’s highly challenging Port Mann Tunnel Project at a price of CA$167.3 million. The 1000m (3,280ft) long, 2.8m (9.2ft) inside diameter tunnel will be excavated under the Fraser River at pressures of up to 6 bar using a new EPB machine. Read more

Senatorship for Dr Herrenknecht

On Thursday, March 17, 2011, the Presidents of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Prof. Dr. Eberhard Umbach and Prof. Dr. Horst Hippler, appointed Dr.-Ing. E.h. Martin Herrenknecht as Honorary Senator.

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Breakthrough at Sochi

Contractor OJSC Bamtonnelstroy, a division of the SK Most Company, has broken through its 6.2m diameter Robbins Double Shield TBM on the 4.5km long service tunnel on Complex #3 of Russia’s Sochi Road and Rail Project, currently being constructed for the Winter Olympics in 2014. Read more

East Side Access’ slurry drives mobilize

On Friday 18 March, Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) officials hosted a dedication ceremony for the two 22.4ft (6.84m) diameter Herrenknecht Mixshields that are about to become the first slurry TBMs ever to be used in New York. Read more

Bethan Haig joins TAM-Normet UK

TAM-Normet has announced that Bethan Haig has joined their team as a Project Manager for Tunnelling & Mining in the UK. Bethan, a Chartered Civil Engineer with over 6 years experience in the design of tunnels with Mott MacDonald, comes directly from working on the C121 Sprayed Concrete Lining design contract of Crossrail. Read more

Parliamentary inquiry into HS2

The UK Government’s controversial HS2 high-speed rail scheme, which will initially run from London to Birmingham and could include up to four large diameter tunnels totalling over 20km linear length, is to be the subject of a Parliamentary committee inquiry, it has been announced. The House of Commons Transport Committe will look at the business case for the US$27.5bn HS2. Read more

Crossrail station mock-up unveiled

Crossrail has unveiled a 20m long x 10m wide, with a ceiling height of 5m above the platform-edge doors, mock-up of a below ground station platform as will be found along the central tunnelled route of the project. The US$56o,000 mock-up will show if design modifications are needed before main construction of the stations begins later this year. Read more

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