On Tuesday 26th November, the winners of the 2013 NCE International Tunnelling Awards were announced at the prestigious Grosvenor House Hotel to the largest ever Tunnelling audience, which included some of the biggest names in the industry.
The awards were organised by New Civil Engineer, Ground Engineering and the International Tunnelling & Underground Space Association (ITA-AITES), and celebrated the most innovative and successful projects, companies and individuals from across the global tunnelling industry. You can see a full list of the winners here.
Soren Degn Eskesen, ITA-AITES President provided us with the following statement: "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."
Mark Hansford, Interim Editor of NCE said: "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."
Congratulations to all the winners and finalists. View photos of the awards ceremony here.
The International Tunnelling Awards Team