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Mines 2017 Short Course Registration Open

These CEU-awarding courses are designed for industry professionals including managers, designers, contractors, consultants and suppliers. Read more

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Cutting Edge – 13 – 15 November 2017

This years Cutting Edge conference will take place at Renaissance Seattle Hotel in Seattle, WA – from 13th to 15th November, 2017. Full details will be made available during the coming weeks, but for futher information please contact: Read more

A Pioneer and Leader of China’s TBM Industry

China Railway Engineering Equipment Group Co., LTD (CREG) is a subsidiary of the pubic listed China Railway Engineering Corporation (CREC), a Fortune 500 Company and a key state-owned company under the Central Government. CREG is a leading company in manufacturing and supplying tunnel boring machine TBM) in China. Read more

KEY STRATEGIC COMPONENTS FOR TBM’S MANUFACTURERS

Tunnel Boring Machine Erectors

Galbiati Group has recently built two 4.5 ton- segment erectors for TBM (Tunnel Boring Machine), rotating head, for the excavation of the Qingdao 5-6 metro. Read more

Tunnelling Journal acquires World Tunnelling

TGS Media Limited, publishers of Tunnelling Journal have acquired the rights to publish World Tunnelling and Trenchless World from Aspermont Media. The April 2016 issue of World Tunnelling and Trenchless World (WTTW) was the last issue of the magazine published in its current format by Aspermont Media. Read more

Robbins reveals its UK connection to London audience

Over 40 contractors, consultants, owners and suppliers gathered last week at the St. Ermin’s Hotel in Westminster, London, to hear about Robbins’ new Crossover TBM technology. Historically known as a hard rock specialist, Robbins wanted to demonstrate its track record in machines that can switch between different modes to cope with varying ground conditions. Read more

STP successfully lowers Bertha into the access pit

Seattle Tunnel Partners and crane crews from Mammoet have successfully lowered the 2,000-ton front end of the SR 99 tunneling machine to a platform at the bottom of the access pit.

Crews will now use the crane to fine-tune the position of the piece. When that process is complete, they will begin reconnecting the piece to the portion of the machine that remains in the ground. Read more

Caterpillar Tunneling renamed Lovsuns Tunneling Canada following LNSS aquisition

On September 30, 2014, a closing ceremony was held at the Caterpillar Tunneling Canada Corp. facility in Toronto for the assets purchase by and between Liaoning Censcience Industry Co. Ltd. (LNSS) and Caterpillar Tunneling Canada Corp. (CTCC). LNSS and CTCC entered into an Assets Purchase Agreement in January 2014, under which LNSS has acquired the fixed assets and entire Intellectual Properties of CTCC.

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Lok Home receives prestigious Outstanding Individual Award

UCA of SME Honors Robbins President for Over 45 Years of Industry Support

Every year, the Underground Construction Association (UCA) of SME honors an “Outstanding Individual” at its annual awards banquet, held in conjunction with the North American Tunnel (NAT) Conference. The distinctive award is given to a person who has made major contributions to the tunneling industry throughout their career. As David Klug, President of David R. Klug & Associates and past UCA of SME chair, said in his presentation of the award: “We nominated this person not only for his work in the industry as a manufacturer, but also for his work to promote the industry as a whole.”

“This person” was none other than Lok Home, President of The Robbins Company and longtime supporter of the UCA of SME. Home began his extensive tunneling career over 45 years ago, after graduating with a degree in mining technology from the Haileybury School of Mines in Ontario, Canada. After working for several years in Canadian mines, he joined Robbins as a Field Service Manager. Home later founded Boretec, Inc. which acquired Robbins, and unified the two companies under the Robbins name.

Home was nominated in large part because of his work to promote the industry by bringing the ITA-AITES World Tunnel Congress (WTC) 2016 to the United States. The event will be held in San Francisco, California in collaboration with NAT, marking 20 years since the last WTC conference was held in the U.S. The bidding process to bring the WTC to San Francisco required an extensive time commitment and industry knowledge. “We needed someone who understood the international community, and was well-respected throughout the world, to manage the bid. Lok offered services from his company and staff to prepare the bid, and we won [at WTC 2014] in Geneva,” said Klug.

Home’s industry involvement is widespread, and spans many organizations, one of which is ITAtech. ITAtech is an international group of manufacturers working together to develop universal standards and best practices within the industry. Home’s work with ITAtech includes the development of criteria for L10 Main Bearing life, and currently, segment backfilling standards. Standards for usage of drill and blast versus TBM methods in tunnels are an upcoming topic to be explored. The group hopes with these publications to provide a framework for the whole industry on a range of debated topics.

Upon receiving the prestigious award, Home attributed his success to the people he works with. “When it comes down to it, success comes from your team,” he said. “Build a good team around you and you build a success story.”

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