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In Memoriam: James McKelvey (1954-2015)

James McKelvey, a respected and internationally-recognized tunnel design, construction and risk management expert, passed away suddenly on July 20, 2015, at the age of 60.

Born in South Africa in September 15, 1954, McKelvey earned his bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Natal in 1976, and that same year, he joined Murray & Roberts Roads and Earthworks, and began work on what would become numerous South African tunneling projects. McKelvey joined Keeve Steyn Incorporated in 1980, and during his more than 20-year career with the company, he became recognized as one of the foremost tunneling engineers in South Africa. Read more

Ibarra Joins Normet in North America

Cris Soler, Regional VP for North America, announces that Jaime Ibarra has joined Normet in the role of TBM Technical Manager – Americas. He will also be coordinating closely with Lars Langmaack, Normet’s global Technical Manager-TBM. Read more

Seattle Tunnel Partners submits new schedule for completing SR 99 Tunnel

This week, Seattle Tunnel Partners – the Dragados-led design-build consortium constructing Washington State Department of Transportation’s (WSDOT) US$1.35bn Alaskan Way Viaduct Replacement (State Route 99) Tunnel –  began installing a new main bearing on its 57ft (17.5m) Hitachi Zosen EPB tunneling machine. Installation of the new bearing comes on the heels of an updated schedule that outlines the path for the completion of the tunnel project. Read more

Growth Commission announced for Crossrail 2

London Mayor, Boris Johnson has announced a new Growth Commission to help the city realise Crossrail 2’s full potential to boost economic growth in London and across the UK. More than 50 top business leaders now back the economic case for Crossrail 2. Read more

SCL Kai Tak Station completed

A new milestone has been acheived for the Hong Kong MTR’s 17km long, completely underground Shatin to Central Link (SCL) project when a topping out ceremony was held to celebrate completion of the civil structure of Kai Tak Station. Read more

Preferred ‘financer’ for Tideway selected

The UK’s Thames Water has selected a preferred bidder to deliver the 25km long, 7.2m i.d. Thames Tideway Tunnel. The special purpose company Bazalgette Tunnel Limited, whose shareholders are a consortium of investors comprising funds managed by Allianz, Amber Infrastructure Group, Dalmore Capital Limited and DIF, is in line to own, finance and deliver the landmark project. Read more

Midtown Tunnel immersion complete

In Virginia, US, the Elizabeth River Tunnels (ERT) Project team reached a major construction milestone for the new Midtown Tunnel with the immersion of the last tunnel element, connecting the shorelines of Portsmouth and Norfolk. Read more

Sound Transit finishes second Northgate Link light rail TBM drive

In Seattle, the second of two TBMs working on Sound Transit’s Northgate Link light rail extension reached the wall of the future Roosevelt light rail station on July 13, completing the first 1.5-mile segment of a 3.4-mile tunnel that will serve light rail trains from Northgate Mall to the University of Washington starting in 2021. Read more

Hawaii Tunnel off to good start

Contractor Southland/Mole JV has begun boring a 4.6km drive for a new sewer tunnel in Kaneohe, Honolulu, Hawaii, USA. The JV is using a Robbins 3.96m diameter Main Beam TBM, launching from a 23m deep launch tunnel, on its mission to bore through almost 4.8km of basalt bedrock for the project. Read more

TBM tunnelling complete on Canada’s Port Mann Tunnel

After a long and technically challenging TBM drive, McNally/Aecon JV (MAJV) have completed tunnelling for the Port Mann Water Supply Tunnel, in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Read more

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