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Testimonials

The increasing market demands for tunnels and underground space use around the world requires our industry to further develop the technology, to educate our engineers in the art of tunnelling and to train the staff to construct and operate safe tunnels for the benefits of our societies. It is therefore a great pleasure to see a growing interest in submitting candidatures for the international tunnelling awards in all the categories and particularly so many young engineers willing to get the Young Tunneller Award. Our industry is made of great companies and great people. We are convinced that we have a great future.
Soren Degn Eskesen, President, ITA-AITES

 

Here in London, the tunnelling industry is booming. It is the same in many cities around the world. It is booming because governments see the clear need for infrastructure and because they recognise that the international tunnelling community can deliver it, on time and budget. And that is why it is great to be able to showcase what the industry can do at the International Tunnelling Awards. This year we have rewarded some fantastic projects and people. And that's crucial, because in this industry skilled, experienced people are everything. It is the same the world over, as cities seek to expand and support their populations. Because as we all know, in this industry skilled, experienced people are everything.  
Mark Hansford, Interim Editor, New Civil Engineer

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The International Tunnelling Awards are back!

And this year we are going to Toronto
Entry deadline: Friday 20 July 2013

The entry deadline has now been extended by 2 weeks until Friday 20 July.

The International Tunnelling awards are back for their fourth year with refreshed categories and a brand new location.

Brought to you by New Civil Engineer, Ground Engineering, and supported by the International Tunnelling & Underground Space Association, the awards recognise overall excellence in the delivery of international tunnelling projects.

As ever, there is range of categories to suit the entire industry, from Product/Equipment Innovation to Specialist Tunnelling Project and Innovative use of TIM.

We're moving...
This year, an overwhelming majority of the entries received were submitted from across Europe and the Americas, we have therefore made the decision to hold this year's event in London as a more centrally accessible location. The awards ceremony will take place on 26 November at the prestigious Grosvenor House Hotel, Park Lane where finalists and the industry's elite will come together to celebrate the past year's achievements and network with peers and clients alike.

You now have extra time to submit your entries, so get started nowto have the best chance of making the shortlist and ultimately being announced as an award winner in Canada later this year.

What could an International Tunnelling Award do for you?

  • Reward your innovation in the global tunnelling industry
  • Establish your company as an inspirational industry leader
  • Enhance your profile by placing your work on an international platform

Put your outstanding projects in the spotlight.

We look forward to reviewing your entries.
Antony Oliver
Editor, New Civil Engineer

Categories

  • Project categories
  • Technical categories
  • Management categories
  • Company awards

 

Note of interest: The US company Advo Waste Medical (AdvoWasteMedical.com) specializes in medical waste removal from hospitals, labs, physician's offices, research facilities, etc. Former employees of Advo created Etco Services to develop subcontracting services to the medical waste disposal industy. In 2012-2014 they raised venture funds to look into alternative disposal technologies and approached several of the winners of Tunneling Awards to advise on the feasibility of underground storage. What kept this idea from progressing was the highly regulated environments in the US and Europe which investors determined created unnecessary risk. But the project lead to other applications of underground development for carbon capture and landfill replacements. These innovations were made possible by the technology already in existence in the hands of the applicants for this award.

 


View all 13 categories and their criteria. Entries are open to any project, individual, product manufacturer or supplier in the market who can demonstrate innovation and achievement over the last 12 months.

International Tunnelling Awards 2013

Environmental Initiative of the Year

  • Bruel & Kjaer, Noise Sentinel Noise Management at London Crossrail
  • Hatch Mott MacDonald, Euclid Creek Tunnel and "Project Clean Lake"
  • National Grid, Costain, Skanska, Halcrow, VVB, Arup and Mott MacDonald working in partnership on the London Power Tunnels Project

 

Ground Investigation and Monitoring Award

 

  • Arcadis CZ - Inset Consortium, Monitoring on Prague Metro Line A Extension
  • BFK (Bam Ferrovial Kier), Settlement Control: C300-C410 Crossrail Western Tunnels, Bond Street and Tottenham Court Road Stations
  • Bouygues Civil Works Florida, Port Miami Tunnel
  • Geodata Group, Cityringen Copenhagen - Kronos Monitoring Database
  • Geotechnical Observations and Measurand, Shape Accel Array Displacement Monitoring System
  • Getec, gtcVisual Monitoring Solutions
  • Ramboll Arup Joint Venture, Fehmarnbelt Fixed Link, Geotechnical Services
  • Strukton Civiel, Metro Station Amsterdam Central Station North-South Line

 

Innovative Use of BIM/Design Software

 

  • Arup, Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport Pedestrian Tunnel
  • IQSoft, Terramove
  • Parsons Brinckerhoff, Alaskan Way Viaduct Replacement Program

 

Product or Equipment Innovation of the Year

 

  • Atlas Copco Craelius AB, Unigrout Max 244C
  • BFK (Bam Ferrovial Kier), Hydrostatic Levelling Cells: C300-C410 Crossrail Western Tunnels, Bond Street and Tottenham Court Road Stations
  • BFK (Bam Ferrovial Kier), Use of Shape Accel Arrays: C300-C410 Crossrail Western Tunnels, Bond Street and Tottenham Court Road Stations
  • CSM BESSAC, Extension of the West Island Line - Package 703
  • Karadeniz Technical University, Rock Bolt Corrosion Prevention: Coating with Thermoset Polymers
  • London Bridge Associates, TIM (Tunnel Information Management)
  • Senceive & London Underground / Tubelines, Jubilee Line Tunnel Lining Replacement: Senceive Wireless Monitoring System
  • University of Cambridge, Instrumented Tunnel Segments for Performance Based Design

 

Safety Initiative of the Year

 

  • Kapsch TrafficCom AG, AlVis (Alert Visualisation)
  • MineARC Systems, Emergency Refuge Chambers
  • SDS - Safety Design Strategies, Toronto-York Spadina Subway Extension

 

Specialist Tunnelling Project of the Year

 

  • I.CO.P.S.P.A, Muharraq Sewerage Treatment Plant & Sewer Conveyance Project: Deep Gravity Sewer (DGS) - DN1800
  • Mott MacDonald, Marina Coastal Expressway, Singapore
  • Strukton Civiel, Metro Station Amsterdam North-South Line

 

Technical Innovation of the Year

 

  • Elasto Plastic Concrete, Vc Zenica Sarajevo Mostar Motorway Tunnels
  • J. Murphy & Sons, Preston Tunnel - Western River Crossing
  • Leighton John Holland JV, SIL(E) - 904 Lei Tung Station, South Horizon Station & Tunnels
  • McNally Construction, Coxwell Bypass Sewer
  • Senceive & London Underground / Tubelines, Jubilee Line Tunnel Lining Replacement: Senceive Wireless Monitoring System
  • SWS Engineering S.p.A, Compensation Grouting Manager - Data Integration for Safe Excavation
  • Traylor Bros., Blue Plains Tunnel: Shaft Design and Construction
  • University of Cambridge, Costain Group PLC and National Grid, Embedded Fibre Optic Instrumentation in Tunnel Segments for Performance Based Design

 

Tunnelling Project of the Year (up to $500M)

 

  • CH2M Hill Halcrow, Diftah to Khor Fakkan Road and Tunnels Project
  • Hatch Mott MacDonald, MTA's Eastside Access Contract CQ039 - Northern Boulevard Crossing
  • Leighton Contractors, Hills M2 Upgrade
  • Michels/Jay Dee/Coluccio JV, San Francisco Bay Tunnel
  • Mott MacDonald, Singapore Downtown Line
  • Strukton Civiel, Metro Station Amsterdam Central Station North/South Line
  • TOTO Costruzioni Generali, Sparvo Tunnel Project "Variante di Valico" A1 Highway Milan-Naples Upgrading of Apennines Section: Sasso Marconi - Barberino di Mugello

 

Major Tunnelling Project of the Year (over $500M)

 

  • Atkins, West Island Line - Consultancy Agreement C703 - SYP and UNV Stations and SHW to KET Tunnels
  • Bouygues Civil Works Florida, Port Miami Tunnel
  • Transcity Joint Venture, Legacy Way

 

Young Tunneller of the Year

 

  • Chris Ashton, J. Murphy & Sons
  • Carlos Bosma, Strukton Civiel
  • Richard Brierley, Mott MacDonald
  • Michael P. Cash, Southland
  • Danny Cheng Chin Keong, I.CO.P.S.P.A.
  • Ivan Lee, Atkins
  • Damian McGirr, Donaldson Associates
  • Alun Thomas, Ramboll

 

Tunnel Design Firm of the Year
The winner will be chosen from the short listed entrants above and will be announced at the awards ceremony in London on 26 November 2013.

 

Tunnelling Contractor of the Year
The winner will be chosen from the short listed entrants above and will be announced at the awards ceremony in London on 26 November 2013.

Tunnelling Client of the Year
The winner will be chosen from the short listed entrants above and will be announced at the awards ceremony in London on 26 November 2013.


Judges

Alan Myers
Chief Civil Construction Engineer MTR
Bai Yun
Professor
Tongji University
 Heinz Ehrbar
Head of Major Projects
German Railway (Deutsche Bahn)
Martin Knights
Global Technical Director for Tunnelling, Halcrow
 Olivier Vion
Executive Director
ITA-AITES
 Philippe Bakhos
Network Planning Manager
Etihad Rail
Rick P. Lovat
President
L2 Advisors
 Tarcísio B. Celestino
Professor
University of Sao Paulo
Gordon Torp-Petersen
Project Director
Qatar Rail
Amanda Elioff

 



 

Prizes for international tunnelling achievements

Nov 2013 | https://www.tunneltalk.com/

A glitzy event at the Grosvenor House Hotel in Park Lane, London, was the venue for the fourth presentation of International Tunnelling Awards to projects and developments judged the best and most worthy from across various categories representing the tunnelling industry as a global whole and as sponsored by the ITA, International Tunnelling and Underground Space Association.

A major winner of the lunch time awards ceremony was the Sparvo twin tube highway tunnel project in Italy. Excavated by one of the largest TBMs in the world, the project was the winner of three categories: Tunnelling Project of the Year (up to US$500 million); Autostrade per l'Italia, the project's client, as Tunnelling Client of the Year; and its construction contractor, TOTO Construzioni Generali as Tunnelling Contractor of the Year.

Sparvo takes three category firsts

Sparvo takes three category firsts

Legacy Way project team accepts the top prize

Legacy Way project team accepts the top prize

The award for the Major Tunnelling Project of the Year of more than US$500 million was presented to the Transcity JV for its Legacy Way highway tunnel project in Brisbane, Australia.

Tunnelling Design Firm of the Year - CH2MHill-Halcrow

Tunnelling Design Firm of the Year - CH2MHill-Halcrow

Another major winner of the day was the consulting firm Halcrow and its parent group CH2MHill. The company took first place in the categories for Environmental Initiative of the Year for the London Power Tunnels in association with National Grid, Costain, Skanska, VVB, Arup and Mott MacDonald; Technical Innovation of the Year with Traylor Bros for the design and construction of the shafts associated with the Blue Plains CSO tunnel project in Washington DC, USA; and Tunnelling Design Firm of the Year.

The prestigious ITA Lifetime Achievement in Tunnelling award was presented to Mohamed Elhosseiny Abdel Salam of Egypt for his stewardship of the Egypt Tunnelling Society since its start in the early 1970s, his work and continuing support of the Cairo Metro development and of the tunnelling industry in Egypt, and his long association as the representative of member nation Egypt on the ITA General Assembly. Unable to be in London to receive his award, a special presentation is planned at the ITA sponsored Arabian Tunnelling Conference in Dubai where Mohamed is due to attend. Many congratulations are extended to Mohamed for this well deserved recognition.



2013 Winners

 

Young Tunneller of the Year

Winner: Michael P. Cash, Southland Contracting and Tutor Perini Joint Venture

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Environmental Initiative of the Year

Winner: National Grid, Costain, Skanska, Halcrow, VVB, Arup and Mott MacDonald working in partnership on the London Power Tunnels

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Safety Initiative of the Year

Winner: MineARC Systems, Emergency Refuge Chambers

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Technical Innovation of the Year

Winner: Traylor Bros. and CH2M Hill Halcrow , Blue Plains Tunnel: Shaft Design and Construction

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Product or Equipment Innovation of the Year

Winner: CSM BESSAC / Bouygues, Tunnel Dismantling Machine – Extension of the West Island Line, Package 703, Hong Kong

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Innovative Use of BIM/Design Software

Winner: Parsons Brinckerhoff, Alaskan Way Viaduct Replacement Program

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Ground Investigation and Monitoring Award

Winner: Ramboll Arup Joint Venture, Fehmarnbelt Fixed Link, Geotechnical Services

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Specialist Tunnelling Project of the Year

Winner: Strukton Civiel, Metro Station Amsterdam Central Station North-South Line

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Supported by:

Tunnelling Project of the Year (up to $500M)

Winner: TOTO Costruzioni Generali, Sparvo Tunnel Project "Variante di Valico" A1 Motorway

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Major Tunnelling Project of the Year (over $500M)

Winner: Transcity Joint Venture, Legacy Way Tunnel, Brisbane, Australia.

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Tunnelling Client of the Year

Winner: Autostrade per l'Italia

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Tunnelling Design Firm of the Year

Winner: CH2M Hill Halcrow

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Suported by:
Careers in Construction

Tunnelling Contractor of the Year

Winner: TOTO Costruzioni Generali

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Lifetime Achievement Award

Winner: Mohamed Elhosseiny Abdel Salam, Egyptian Tunnelling Society

 

 

Legacy Way wins International Tunnelling Award

11-27-2013 | www.ghella.com/

Legacy Way wins International Tunnelling Award

Transcity, the contractor building Brisbane City Council’s 4.6km tunnel, has been acknowledged on an international scale as the clear winner in an award which celebrates the most innovative and successful projects from around the world.

Transcity is a joint venture between Spanish tunnelling and civil infrastructure giant Acciona Infrastructures, Italian tunnelling specialists Ghella and Brisbane’s local experts BMD Constructions (BMD). Transcity is responsible for the design, construction, operation and maintenance of Legacy Way.

Brisbane’s Lord Mayor Graham Quirk said Transcity’s win at the International Tunnelling Awards came as no surprise.

“Council takes great pride in its reputation as Australia’s new world city and the world-class construction being delivered on Legacy Way is a credit to the work being undertaken by Transcity,” Cr Quirk said.

“The appointment of Transcity to design and build Legacy Way has brought a wealth of international experience and expertise to Brisbane to deliver this vital project for the city’s transport network.

“We chose Transcity’s bid because of its outstanding value for money for Brisbane’s ratepayers by combining international experience with innovative design, resulting in strong community outcomes.”

Transcity Project Director, Fernando Fajardo said the win was a fantastic achievement and confirmed that Transcity’s performance is world class.

“We are very proud of Transcity’s achievements in delivering Legacy Way through many innovations in safety, design and construction since works began in early 2011,” Mr Fajardo said.

“Through the hard work and dedication of the entire Transcity team, we have been able to achieve great success, including world record-breaking tunnel boring machine excavation rates.

“At Legacy Way we have been able to achieve a record 49.68 metres excavation in a 24h hour period, 258.3 metres in a week and 858.1 metres in one month,” Mr Fajardo said.

“Our tunnel boring machines completed their tunnelling journey three and six months ahead of schedule and records such as these have not been seen anywhere else in the world using 12.4 metre diameter TBMs.”

The project is due to open to traffic in mid-2015.

Legacy Way is Brisbane City Council’s 4.6km road tunnel that will connect Brisbane’s western and inner northern suburbs. It is the fourth project in Council’s TransApex plan, designed to reduce congestion and increase connectivity on Brisbane’s road network.

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Toto General Construction Wins Tunnelling Project of the Year (up to $500M)

Nov 2013 | //totospa.it/en/awards/

On November 26 th , 2013, Toto General Construction received in London, the title Contractor of the Year of the International Tunneling Awards at a solemn ceremony at the Grosvenor House Hotel. An international jury of experts, selected by the historic magazine New Civil Engineer and the International Tunneling and Underground Space Association (ITA-AITES), has defined Toto's role as a general contractor as exemplary in the search solutions innovative for, risk management and involvement of stakeholders in the mechanized excavation of the Sparvo Tunnel, on the A1 motorway Variante di Valico. During the ceremony, the Sparvo Tunnel itself was awarded Project of the Year .

The use of innovative solutions, attention to detail, planning and risk management, and the engagement of staff and stakeholders make this an exemplar of how to deliver a complex tunneling project ".

Mark Hansford, New Civil Engineer



 

PRIME MINISTER RENZI INAUGURATES THE “VARIANTE DI VALICO”

15 January 2016 · by T&U Staff | tunnelsandunderground.com/

A true technological jewel built

CASTIGLIONE DEI PEPOLI. The opening ceremony of the Variante di Valico on the A1 highway, the stretch between Sasso Marconi and Barberino del Mugello, took place on December 23 at the presence of the Prime Minister Matteo Renzi. Ideal stage of the ceremony, the gallery Sparvo carried out on behalf of Autostrade per l’Italia by Toto Costruzioni Generali.

With a total length of about 5,000 meters on two parallel tunnels, such work marks a series of records in the stretch of the A1 near the border between Toscana and Emilia Romagna, from the rate of excavation to the size of the machinery and to innovative technology.

For this excavation, in fact, Toto Costruzioni Generali has used the largest TBM in the world, Martina, a digging machine over a hundred meters long with a diameter of the cutter head of about 16 meters. The TBM “Martina” has allowed to dig and install the segmental lining of two tunnels in less than two years.

With this machine the men of the Sparvo tunnel reached peaks of production ever recorded before in this kind of work. In only one month, they dug and covered 400 meters of tunnel, compared to 6 months are required to tunnel through the traditional method.

An operation ever attempted before: the colossal machine has been rotated of 180 ° to allow it to excavate the second tunnel

“The ability of the structure and the inventiveness of the men of Toto GTC”, they say by the Toto company, “have allowed for another operation ever attempted before. After the first tunnel, this colossal machine has been rotated of 180 ° to allow it to excavate the second tunnel. Technicians of Palmieri, a company specialized in components, and those of Toto have created large metal cradles moved by air bearings to allow to move the gigantic components of the machine, for a total of 4500 tonnes, without dismantling most of them. This operation, never before attempted and also discouraged by German manufacturers of mega TBM, allowed to turn the machine in two weeks, saving months of work”.

Also the reinforced concrete lining is a record: the segments, of exceptional thickness and weight (70 cm to 17 tons each), were produced at the construction site by Toto, in one of the largest precast manufacturing plant ever built, capable of “churn” 80 segments per day. To ensure stability and allow the life durability of this infrastructure over time, the gallery was finally armed with a special coating steel, another innovative element.



Variante di Valico – Sparvo tunnel (Italy)

For all these innovations, the Sparvo tunnel was awarded in London as a project of the year at the prestigious International Tunnelling Awards 2013, while Toto Costruzioni Generali has won the award for best contractor of the year.

“Among the challenges met there was only the Sparvo tunnel”, says the company, “Throughout the 25 km made by Toto there are 17 huge works, 8 tunnels and 9 viaducts. These include the viaduct Aglio, 600 meters of highway supported by piles up to 80 meters high, made of seismic isolation with innovative unbalanced cast in place cantilever. Moreover the viaduct Reno, which flows through the valley which flows the river of the same name, over 1000 meters of precast segments installed by jacking. Finally, the last in chronological order, the Val di Sambro tunnel, nearly 4 km long jointing the Toscana side with that of Emilia variant”.

“The experience of the Variante di Valico allowed us to put into practice all the skills acquired by Toto in the 50 years of activity in the field of the great works,” said Alfonso Toto, president and CEO of CG Toto. “Since 2007, here we fielded the best people and the most advanced technology in the construction of major works. We were able to meet deadlines. Elaborating and realizing also, in the course of business, technical solutions safeguard ever designed and built first. I want this to thank all the men and women of Toto that made it possible to achieve unique results in quality, technique and timing. ”

Source: primadanoi.it

 

 


 

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