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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.”

Mott MacDonald appointed on NZ$2.86 billion upgrade of Auckland City Rail Link

Mott MacDonald, as part of an integrated team, has been appointed to undertake the reference design for the NZ$2.86 billion upgrade of the City Rail Link (CRL) in Auckland, New Zealand. Mott MacDonald is using its global rail knowledge to develop the project on behalf of Auckland Transport. Other team members include Aurecon, Jasmax and Grimshaw. Read more

CBE Moulds for Anacostia and Rennes

CBE Group has been awarded the supply of segment moulds for the lining of the Anacostia River Tunnel project in Washington DC and the new part of the subway in Rennes, France. Six sets of moulds will be delivered to Bay State Precast LLC for the 3.84km long Anacostia River Tunnel project in Washington DC, and five sets of moulds will be supplied to the Rennes Line B project for use on a 7.5km long tunnel section. Read more

Tunnelling Journal February/March 2014

Record-Setting Robbins TBM breaks through in Mumbai

A celebration ensued among crew and Robbins Field Service following the 6.25 m (20.5 ft) TBM’s breakthrough

On January 21, 2014, a Robbins Main Beam TBM completed one of the longest and deepest water supply tunnels in Asia, the Mumbai Water Tunnel. The 6.25 m (20.5 ft) diameter machine displayed excellent performance throughout the 8.3 km (5.2 mi) bore, and achieved impressive advance rates along the way. Read more

New Managing Director at Schauenburg MAB

Andreas Maser joins the Schauenburg Maschinen- und Anlagen-Bau GmbH as Managing Director. Over the past 20 years Mr. Maser has worked in an international environment and has collected experience in various lines of business (engineering industry / consumer goods industry / plant engineering and construction industry) in leading positions. Read more

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