London Underground (LU) yesterday officially announced its intention to award the contract to design and build the Northern line extension from Kennington to Battersea via Nine Elms to Ferrovial Agroman Laing O’Rourke. The contract, worth approximately £500M, will be for six years and covers the main construction works. Read more
The web site for the 2014 Cutting Edge Conference is now online, with delegate registration due to open at the end of this month. The third annual Cutting Edge conference – which will be held at the Westin Times Square, in Midtown Manhattan, this November 3-5 – considers, in depth, a subject that has been a primary hazard for tunnelers and miners for thousands of years: Groundwater and ways to control it. Read more
Mexico’s largest construction company, ICA, has won a 2.566 billion-peso ($197 million) contract to build a tunnel aimed at reducing flood risks in the center of the country. The Churubusco-Xochiaca tunnel project, which was awarded through public tender, includes the construction of a 13km (8-mile) tunnel that is scheduled to take 29 months.
Singapore’s Land Transport Authority (LTA) has announced the alignment and station locations for the Eastern Region Line, to be known as the Thomson-East Coast Line (TEL). The 13km East Coast stretch of the TEL will run entrely underground and will connect commuters living in the eastern parts of Singapore not directly served by the rail network. Read more
Crossrail’s 7.1m diameter TBM Jessica has completed a new train tunnel from Limmo Peninsula, near Canning Town, breaking into Victoria Dock Portal in east London. Jessica completed her 900m journey in just 9 weeks, travelling as far as 41m per day. Read more
TERRATEC has announced the first two TBM breakthroughs in New Delhi, India. The breakthroughs are on the CC-07 and CC-24 Projects for Delhi Metro Phase-III. Read more
The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) has announced that Nick DeNichilo, President and CEO of the engineering firm Hatch Mott MacDonald (HMM), will receive the prestigious OPAL award for 2015. The award, which stands for Outstanding Projects and Leaders, will be presented on March 26, 2015. Read more
Western Australia Premier Colin Barnett has released details of a new 8km long twin tube tunnel that will form the backbone of the $2bn Forrestfield-Airport rail link in Perth. Construction is due to start in 2016 with completion expected in 2020. Read more
The HCC-Samsung Joint Venture, working on Delhi Metro’s Phase III expansion, has made a rare double TBM breakthrough, when “Riddhi” and “Siddhi” broke through at the same time at Dabari More Station. Read more
’Fan-li-hua’, the TBM damaged in a flooded section of the Hong Kong MTR’s Express Rail Link (XRL) project tunnel in Yuen Long during the black rainstorm in March, resumed operation last month.