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Amtrak hires CH2M and Hill International to help manage Gateway Project

Amtrak has chosen the team of Hill International and CH2M to provide management support services for Amtrak’s Gateway program in the Northeast Corridor, the railroad announced today. 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

RFQ for Highway 401 rail tunnel

In Toronto, Infrastructure Ontario (IO) and Metrolinx have issued a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for interested parties to design, build and finance the Highway 401 Rail Tunnel project that will support the infrastructure needed to expand GO rail service on the Kitchener Corridor. Read more

Chicago’s Thornton Composite Reservoir named APWA Project of the Year

The Thornton Composite Reservoir, part of a massive Chicago-area combined sewer tunnel collection system that helps protect against flooding and pollution resulting from storm-related sewer overflows, has been named an American Public Works Association (APWA) Public Works Project of the Year.  Read more

SMT Scharf and Mühlhäuser form alliance

SMT Scharf GmbH has concluded a cooperation agreement with Mühlhäuser GmbH for the exclusive marketing and sales by Mühlhäuser of a jointly developed logistics solution for tunnel applications worldwide. Read more

Major Hong Kong breakthrough achieved

A key milestone on the MTR’s Shatin to Central Link (SCL) project has been achieved with the breakthrough of the 11km tunnel for the Tai Wai to Hung Hom Section, which will form the backbone of Hong Kong’s East-West rail corridor.

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Quito Metro Line 1 EPBMs accepted

Dr. Mauricio Rodas, Mayor of Quito, members of the contracting JV Acciona/Odebrecht, and client Quito Metro, have inspected the two 9.36m diameter Herrenknecht EPBMs that will soon be travelling to the Ecuadorean Andes to begin construction of the Metro de Quito Line 1. The machines were completed in late August 2016. Read more

€1bn Brenner contract confirmed

The Astaldi/Ghella/Oberosler/COGEIS/P.A.C JV has been officially awarded the €1bn contract for the construction of the Mules 2-3 Lot of the Brenner Base Tunnel, by Brenner Basistunnel (BBT SE). This formal act follows the preliminary award of the contract in March 2016 and signifies the start-up of works. Read more

WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff wins Perth consultancy contract

WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff has signed a contract with the Salini Impregilo NRW JV, to provide independent design verification services to the $2b Forrestfield – Airport Link project, in Perth, Australia, which includes the construction of 8km of twin-bore tunnels. Read more

Europe’s largest EPBM accepted

August 29th saw the technical acceptance, and ceremonial turning of the cutting wheel, of the 15.87m diameter Herrenknecht EPBM to be used on Italy’s 7.5km long Santa Lucia Tunnel. The EPBM is now the European record holder for diameter, a full 20cm larger than the previous record holder, the 15.62m diameter Sparvo Herrenknecht EPBM. It is also the largest machine ever to be built at the manufacturer’s factory in Schwanau. Read more

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