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Legacy Way claims record breakthrough

The first of two 12.4m diameter Herrenknecht Double Shield Gripper TBMs being used to construct Brisbane’s $1.5bn, 4.6km long Legacy Way Tunnel has broken through – 5 months ahead of schedule. JV Transcity, comprising Brisbane-based BMD Constructions, Italian company Ghella and Spanish company Acciona launched Joyce on the westbound tube in early October 2012 and saw a record 49.7m excavated in one day. Read more

First Central Subway EPBM arrives in San Francisco

The M/V Aggersborg, the ship carrying the first of two 6.3m (20.7ft) diameter Robbins EPBMs desitined for the Central Subway Project arrived at the Port of San Francisco’s Pier 80 yesterday (Tuesday, April 23), in Northern California. The project includes parallel 2.5km (1.5-mile) tunnels that will provide service between China Town and Mission Bay. Read more

HS2 recommends a further 9km of London tunnel to eliminate bridge replacements

Britain’s high-speed rail network HS2 could have another 9km of tunnel added to its alignment under London. HS2 Ltd will recommend that High Speed Two (HS2) be tunnelled between Old Oak Common and Northolt after HS2 Ltd investigated this suggestion from local residents and Ealing Council. Read more

King County awarded $144.3 million in lawsuit against VPFK JV

A Superior Court order awarded King County $14.7 million in legal fees on Friday, April 19, in a dispute over the Brightwater Conveyance Tunnel’s Central Tunnel contract, located to the north of Seattle, Washington. Read more

First breakthrough on 44.6km long Pahang to Selangor Tunnel

The contractor joint venture of Shimizu Corporation, Nishimatsu Construction, UEM Builders, and IJM Construction (SNUI) broke through the first of three 5.23m diameter Main Beam Robbins TBMs at the Pahang Selangor Raw Water Tunnel last month to a large ceremony of cheering onlookers. It was a moment worthy of celebration; the breakthrough is a significant step towards the completion of the longest tunnel in Southeast Asia, a 44.6km water transfer route from the states of Pahang to Selangor. Read more

Royal HaskoningDHV scoops Brazil’s first immersed tunnel

Royal HaskoningDHV has won a 5 million euro contract to lead the design process for an immersed tube tunnel at Brazil’s largest seaport, Santos. The 500m long tunnel will directly link the cities of Santos and Guarujá located on either side of the fairway leading to Brazil’s most important port. Read more

Atlas Copco launches five new underground products at Bauma

Atlas Copco has launched five new products for underground construction and mining applications at the Bauma 2013 exhibition, in Munich, Germany, this week. The new series of Boomer E rigs for underground face drilling feature the new COP 4038, the fastest and most powerful rock drill on the market. Also on display is the new COP 1800+ series. Read more

Results in for first California HSR design-build contract

California’s High-Speed Rail Authority has identified Tutor Perini/Zachry/Parsons JV as the best scoring team for the design-build contract of the first 30-mile stretch of its high-speed rail system, from Madera to Fresno. Read more

Methane blast on Toronto’s SeC project injures four workers

Investigations are ongoing following a methane explosion on Toronto’s Southeast Collector (SeC) Sewer Project yesterday. The blast, which occurred around 4.30pm local time (April 10), injured four men working on the A2 TBM drive. Read more

Blasting concludes on East Side Access

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) announced yesterday, Tuesday April 10th, 2013,  that crews working on New York’s $8.4 billion East Side Access megaproject had concluded major blasting under Grand Central Terminal, where they are building two enormous caverns – each around 52ft (16m) wide, by 61ft (19m) high, and 1,200ft (370m) long – at 160ft (48.8m) below street level. Read more

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