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TBM work complete at Namma Metro

On September 28, 2016, Bangalore’s last TBM for the city’s metro rail project broke through, marking the end of TBM tunnelling on the Namma Metro phase 1. Read more

HCC-VCCL wins India safety tunnel

The HCC-VCCL joint venture has been awarded a US$55M contract by Northeast Frontier Railway to construct a 9.5km long safety tunnel between Tupul and Imphal in India’s Manipur state. Read more

Think big for a bright future

The UK tunnelling industry must “think big” if it is to reclaim the leading role it used to play in infrastructure projects. This was the rallying call from British Tunnelling Society (BTS) chair Mark Leggett, speaking at the society’s biennial conference in Westminster, this week. Read more

COWI roll-out brand in UK

COWI’s UK companies, Donaldson Associates and Flint & Neill, have strengthened capabilities with a move to the parent company brand. COWI in the UK, operating as one combined company from 1 January 2017, will bring together an engineering group providing specialist civil and structural engineering services, particularly within bridge, tunnel and marine infrastructure.

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Bertha reaches halfway in Seattle

The 17.52m diameter Hitachi Zosen SR 99 EPBM, Bertha, has passed a significant milestone in its journey underneath Seattle. When the machine tunnelled past Pike Place Market on Friday, Sept. 30, it pushed beyond the halfway mark on the 2.7km long tunnel that will lead to the removal of the City’s Alaskan Way Viaduct. Read more


On 26th September 2016, TERRATEC celebrated the successful Factory Acceptance Test of a new 3.2m diameter EPBM destined for the Phra Khanong Cable Tunnel Project in Bangkok, Thailand. Read more

Shea-Keiwit JV reports good progress from veteran machine

The Shea-Keiwit (S-H) JV has reported an impressive 300m progress since launching its 6.2m Robbins Main Beam hard rock TBM on 6th September on the 8.5km long White River Tunnel, the first in the next phase of the DigIndy wastewater tunnels below Indianapolis, Indiana, USA. Read more

Melbourne Metro starts enabling works whilst RFP released for major tunnel works

Work on the Melbourne Metro – the biggest public transport project in Victoria’s history – has begun. Acting Premier and Minister for Public Transport, Jacinta Allan, visited the project’s first worksite at Domain today to announce the start of enabling works on the fully-funded $10.9bn project. Read more

Skanska wins major hydro contract

Skanska has signed a contract with client, Eidsiva Vannkraft AS to build the Nedre Otta power plant in the municipalities Sel and Vågå, Norway. The contract is worth US$82M, and includes the construction of some 12km of tunnels. Read more

Norway’s Follo Line TBMS start-up

In early September, Norway’s Prime Minister Erna Solberg baptised the Follo Line’s first two TBMs with the names Queen Eufemia and Queen Ellisiv, whilst Minister of Transport and Communication Ketil Solvik-Olsen started up the first of the machines being used on the project. Read more

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