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Disused tunnel to be refurbished for Crossrail

A disused 19th century tunnel will be refurbished extensively to form part of Crossrail’s new east-west urban rail link, involving 21km of tunnels beneath central London

TBM begins part two of Israel high-speed line

A 10.3m-diameter Herrenknecht EPB TBM recently started excavating the second section of the US$1.6 billion Tel Aviv-Jerusalem high-speed rail line – hailed as the largest and most complex project currently under way in Israel

Contractors advised to bid for Fehmarnbelt tunnel

Femern, the Danish agency co-ordinating the Fehmarnbelt fixed link between Denmark and Germany, said it wishes to attract bids from international contractors and advised them to become acquainted with the project

Mine of the Future to benefit tunnelling

UK-based international mining group Rio Tinto (RT) said it is expanding its Mine of the Future programme, which aims to develop new technologies for tunnelling and mining

Merkel and Chinese premier visit Herrenknecht plant

German chancellor Angela Merkel and Chinese premier Wen Jiabao visited the Herrenknecht plant (HTE) in Guangzhou last month

PFI crucial for infrastructure but investment found lacking

Following last month’s Public Accounts Committee hearing into private finance initiative (PFI) equity in London, UK, CG/LA Infrastructure warned that, without it, the UK’s much-needed infrastructure investment would not materialise

Bilfinger Berger scoops double win in Berlin

Germany-based Bilfinger Berger (BB) has won two tunnelling contracts worth more than US$306 million for the construction of the U5 underground metro line in downtown Berlin, and for the underground link between the main station and the urban rail ring

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Sanctions

Sanctions on the Iranian regime will probably have a crippling effect on the country's civil tunnelling sector. But whether they will affect the progress of the alleged nuclear weapons programme is debatable
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Disused tunnel to be refurbished for Crossrail

A disused 19th century tunnel will be refurbished extensively to form part of Crossrail’s new east-west urban rail link, involving 21km of tunnels beneath central London

Mumbai tunnel promises clean water era

Mumbai residents can at last look forward to a clean, fresh and consistent water supply, thanks to the recent completion of the city’s longest and largest underground water tunnel

TBM begins part two of Israel high-speed line

A 10.3m-diameter Herrenknecht EPB TBM recently started excavating the second section of the US$1.6 billion Tel Aviv-Jerusalem high-speed rail line – hailed as the largest and most complex project currently under way in Israel

Contractors advised to bid for Fehmarnbelt tunnel

Femern, the Danish agency co-ordinating the Fehmarnbelt fixed link between Denmark and Germany, said it wishes to attract bids from international contractors and advised them to become acquainted with the project

Mine of the Future to benefit tunnelling

UK-based international mining group Rio Tinto (RT) said it is expanding its Mine of the Future programme, which aims to develop new technologies for tunnelling and mining

Merkel and Chinese premier visit Herrenknecht plant

German chancellor Angela Merkel and Chinese premier Wen Jiabao visited the Herrenknecht plant (HTE) in Guangzhou last month

PFI crucial for infrastructure but investment found lacking

Following last month’s Public Accounts Committee hearing into private finance initiative (PFI) equity in London, UK, CG/LA Infrastructure warned that, without it, the UK’s much-needed infrastructure investment would not materialise

Bilfinger Berger scoops double win in Berlin

Germany-based Bilfinger Berger (BB) has won two tunnelling contracts worth more than US$306 million for the construction of the U5 underground metro line in downtown Berlin, and for the underground link between the main station and the urban rail ring

SELI completes third extension of Rome B1 line

Italian TBM-maker SELI has finished the third extension of Rome’s B1 metro line, from Conca d’Oro to Piazzale Jonio

Natural cause behind disaster?

A seabed indentation is being investigated as the possible cause of an accident that resulted in water flooding an underwater tunnel during its construction at an oil refinery in Okayama Prefecture, Japan

Morgan Sindall results healthy

Preliminary results released to year-end 2011 reveal a robust performance by UK construction and infrastructure firm Morgan Sindall Group

Veidekke wins cavern parking contract with Straume Parkering

Norway-based contractor Veidekke Entreprenør has signed a contract with Straume Parkering for the construction of a 1,500-space car park, which will be built in an underground rock cavern at Sotra, west of Bergen in Norway

New regional head for PB

Global infrastructure provider Parsons Brinckerhoff (PB) has named Guy Templeton as president and chief operating officer (COO) of the Asia/Australia-Pacific/Southern Africa division of the company

Pöyry to provide technical services for Austrian tunnel

Infrastructure provider Pöyry has won a US$3.2 million contract to provide technical and consulting services to Austrian motorway company ASFiNAG for the 4.4km Götschka road tunnel in Austria

Jacobs extends work on Interstate highway

US-based global infrastructure provider Jacobs has announced that it has won a contract from Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) for the provision of fire and life safety design services to improve the Mount Baker and Mercer Island tunnels in Seattle, US
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Features

Bright start at Brenner

Work has begun on the Brenner Base Tunnel, which, when complete, will increase rail freight traffic through the Alps. Rodney Craig reports

The man behind Hindhead

UK-based Highways Agency project manager Paul Arnold MBE delivered the 1.9km road tunnel on time within budget. It has set new standards in safety and innovation

Behind the nozzle

With shotcrete on the advance, Edwin Brady asks how we can attain the highest standards of workmanship and who is best placed to attain them

Modelling the Gorge 2nd Hydro tunnel

In his second and final article, Gregg Davidson looks at the alignment, hydraulic modelling, and energy and financial analyses for the Washington State project

Optimising the drilling process

Recent improvements in drill rig technology have ushered in cost, speed and efficiency benefits for the drill and blast process
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