Italian contractor Toto Costruzioni Generali was the big winner at last week’s NCE International Tunnelling Awards, claiming two prizes for its work on the Sparvo tunnel on the Variante di Valico A1 motorway project.
Doing 70 site investigations in six weeks sounds like a tall order, but that is what consultant SLR delivered for petrol station operator Rontec.
Construction of the Deurganckdoksluis, a massive lock in the Port of Antwerp, is civil engineering on a grand scale. It is impossible to stand beside the lock’s massive, 28m tall concrete walls without being blown away by the scale of it.
Crossrail has overcome many complex challenges and is now about to begin its trickiest phase as contractors prepare to go under the River Thames. Mark Hansford reports.
As the global population continues to grow, engineers are facing unprecedented challenges to find solutions to the demand for living space and facilities capable of withstanding predicted changes in our planet’s climate. NCE reports from the World Tunnelling Congress in Geneva.
Switzerland’s landscape has necessitated extensive use of tunnels and as a result has much expertise to offer countries looking to expand their infrastructure and urban facilities under ground. Diarmaid Fleming reports.
Development of underground space in ways never done before will be central to sustainable development, the World Tunnelling Congress in Geneva has been told.
Dense ground conditions and stringent noise limitations have resulted in some innovative solutions for construction of new facilities for the latest generation of container ships at the Port of Southampton. Claire Symes reports.
When it comes to realising the opportunities offered by the growth in offshore wind farms, the concrete sector is “under starter’s orders”. NCE reports.
Geotechnical Picture Gallery
Construction of the first phase in the longest tunnel drive on Crossrail has been completed with the tunnel boring machine (TBM) breaking through into the Stepney Green box in east London.
Infrastructure in 2013: Geotechnical
The design and construction of tunnels and underground infrastructure is now clearly emerging across the globe as the key to sustainable development as nations wrestle with the demand of growing and increasingly urbanised populations.
Brownfield development, rail and metro systems should help a leaner and meaner piling industry to achieve slow growth during 2013.