Bothar equipped for any conditions

For 30 years Bothar Boring & Tunnelling has been delivering on technically complex trenchless and tunnelling projects in some of the harshest environments. Bothar, part of the Bothar Group of Companies, has been a global leader in the delivery of subsurface infrastructure engineering solutions for more than 30 years, and has built a reputation as Read More

From maintenance hole relining to NDD services, Rangedale has Queensland covered

A family-owned, Australian business, Rangedale is dedicated to leading the pack in offering comprehensive and innovative turnkey drainage and infrastructure solutions. After opening its new Queensland depot, Rangedale is more capable than ever to offer its most comprehensive services possible. Since Rangedale was established in 2003, the company’s philosophy has remained the same; “keep it running”. An Read More

S&Z Australia delivers Lethbridge Watermain

S&Z Australia has successfully installed over 2 kilometres of 280 mm PE water main in extremely hard rock to ensure an adequate water supply to the town the of Lethbridge in Victoria. Works were required to upgrade the drinking water supply network for the Lethbridge community and surrounding areas. This project increased system capacity, ensuring Read More

SRL shortlists industry heavyweights

Progress towards Melbourne’s suburban rail loop (SRL) is rolling ahead as the shortlist is announced for firms that will build the massive project. Three global industry leaders have been shortlisted for the tunnelling contracts for what is being called a ‘city-shaping’ project in Melbourne’s eastern suburbs. The three shortlisters are: CPB Contractors, Ghella and Acciona Read More

Labourers needed for HDD specialists S&Z

Horizontal direction drilling (HDD) experts S&Z Australia are expanding its labouring team in Victoria. S&Z are one of Victoria’s leading suppliers of HDD services, with experience in commercial and residential applications of end-to-end civil works. With a mission to exceed customer expectation through the use of the trenchless technologies and the capacity to offer the Read More

Vermeer D40x55DR HDD ‘ticks every box’ for Healesville Directional Drilling

Cameron Pearson, owner of Healesville Directional Drilling, has great plans for the business after he took the reins from his father in 2021, and his new Vermeer D40x55DR Horizontal Directional Drill plays a big part in this. Healesville Directional Drilling has been in operation for roughly 20 years, started by Pearson’s father and grandfather. He Read More

Maxibor uses HDD to overcome ESG challenges

Maxibor is taking steps to practically applying the use of HDD to help overcome the environmental challenges that communities now face, demonstrating how HDD can be an important part of the environmental solutions to achieve the goals and values of ESG. ESG is an acronym for Environmental, Social, and (Corporate) Governance, related to the standards Read More

Investing in learning opportunities to give customers tools to nurture skills: Michels

When horizontal directional drilling (HDD) emerged in the mid-1960s as a new way to install utility lines under immovable or unavoidable obstacles without significant surface disruptions, crossings spanned up to a few hundred feet guided by frequent potholing. That changed in 1971 when a 4-inch gas line was placed under a river in Watsonville, CA, Read More

Leading relining product selected for important European pipeline rehabilitation

SAERTEX-LINER® H₂O, which has been successfully installed more than 100 times around the world, will be used to reline an important 2.4 km pipeline in Poland. With its strong global position in the trenchless industry, SAERTEX multiCom® has an extensive portfolio of GRP liners which includes the SAERTEX-LINER® H₂O; a certified and hygienic pressure-resistant fiberglass-reinforced Read More

Rob Carr benefitting from collaboration with partner companies

Microtunnelling contractor Rob Carr is thriving as a key member of one of the world’s largest construction networks. The company, which is proud of its focus on safety, collaboration and innovation in the trenchless technology industry, believes the best innovation occurs when like-minded companies are open to collaborating. As part of Soletanche Bachy and the Read More

Vacuum excavation: a safer and more environmentally friendly solution

Founded in 2021 by Dannielle and Jason James to work alongside their company Pipe Pro Directional Drilling, James Vac Solutions also operates as an independent hire for a range of projects.  Dannielle and Jason have run their multi-ward winning trenchless business, Pipe Pro Directional Drilling, since 2013. The company provides specialist, innovative trenchless technology for Read More

kwik-ZIP’s spacers make waves at WSAA

In mid-2016, kwik-ZIP’s HDX Series casing spacer was the first ever spacer system to be approved as compliant with WSA PS-324. The successful appraisal of the HDXT Series marks the second instance in which kwik-ZIP’s casing spacers have been formally recognised as complying with WSA PS-324 for casing spacers.  Notably, both products are the only casing Read More

Helping develop the local directional drilling industry

Driving around the streets of Perth or Darwin, or even in the regions, you’re likely to see crews performing civil, utility and communications works. Boom times do create extra demands for drilling contractors. As a trusted and knowledgeable market leader, Vermeer Equipment of WA & NT continues to support its customers through the boom times Read More

Tunnel boring machine

TBM Community Day on Victoria’s Big Build

On site at the new Arden Station and in partnership with Rail Projects Victoria, Metro Tunnel Project’s TBM community day allows for ticketed tour participants to have the opportunity to expand their tour experience with photo moments, educational material and plenty of activities for children. The new Arden Station will echo North Melbourne’s rich industrial Read More

CRL under Auckland city

Work ongoing in CRL tunnels

As tunnel boring machine (TBM) Dame Whina Cooper makes its way  beneath Auckland towards Te Wai Horotiu Station (Aotea), work is well underway preparing the entrance to Beresford Square entrance to Karanga a Hape (Karanghape) Station. The work at the new station site involves the construction of utility rooms, access ways, and a derailment wall Read More

North East Link ready for major tunnelling works

The work so far has involved the relocation of a number of underground power, water, gas and sewer lines to minimise the impact on the community once tunnel construction begins. Possibly the most complicated job for the early works has been the relocation of the Yarra East Main Sewer (YEMS). Over 18 months the work, Read More

Edge Underground beats challenges

When the company was contracted by engineering firm Diona, the technical survey made it clear that the ground conditions at the site would result in a uniquely challenging job. The pilot line put in place by the workers at the site showed that the actual ground conditions were even more difficult than originally thought. The Read More

PNG

Nacap continue work in PNG

Nacap is a specialist engineering firm that services clients from a number of industries, including oil and gas, mining, water, renewables and power. The company has maintained a strong presence in PNG since 2017, where is services local oil, gas and mining projects. With headquarters in Port Moresby, on the south east of the island, Read More

CRL team

CRL counting down to final breakthrough

The TBM has begun to tunnel its way from Karanga a Hape (Karangahape) Station towards its final destination at Te Wai Horotiu Station (Aotea). The previous breakthrough, at Karangahape was a huge achievement for the teams of workers supporting the massive infrastructure project. In order to relaunch the TBM, workers had to transport it across Read More

Looking back: HDD setting the benchmark

A subsea gas pipeline was needed for Woodside Energy two transport liquified petroleum gas and condensate from two gas fields: Geographe (55 kms south of Port Campbell), and Thylacine (70 kms). The transfer of the gas took place of a 20-inch diameter pipeline that will transport the resource to an onshore processing plant. The transition Read More

Sydney Harbour, NSW

West Harbour Tunnel underway

The West Harbour Tunnel will be the third harbour crossing project, alongside the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the original harbour tunnel. The new tunnel will join the WestConnex at Rozelle with the Warringah Freeway at North Sydney. The project will include 6.5 km tunnels beneath Sydney harbour. This first step in construction begins with excavation Read More

Tunnel boring machine image

There’s nothing boring about underground tunnels

Underneath every major city across the globe are networks upon networks of underground tunnels – many are used daily by commuters on trains or light-rail or even travelling by road. The tunnels help to keep vehicles off the condensed city streets and for traffic to flow more freely across urban areas. In 2022, the NSW Read More

GN Solids

The selection of screens for hydrovac slurry treatment

The slurry processing solution is to use liquid and solids separation equipment to treat soil, soup or slurry generated from hydrovac, excavation or horizontal directional drilling (HDD) projects, and produces reusable material for construction and discharge clean water.  Normally, the slurry is contaminant-free and comes from physical utility location in public right of ways, and Read More

City Rail Link

City Rail Link’s TBM reaches Mt Eden

The TBM, named Dame Whina Cooper, has travelled 900 m from the start point at Maungawhau Station (Mt Eden). The CRL is New Zealand’s largest infrastructure project, comprising  a 3.45 km twin-tunnel project. The TBM was boring 42 m below the city centre in Auckland. The Dame Whina Cooper TBM has taken three months to Read More

TBM

City Rail Link’s TBM is full steam ahead under Auckland

The TBM has been powering away beneath NZ’s surface, excavating the second 3.45 km underground rail tunnel and removing dirt and rocks to the surface. However, the TBM is doing more than excavation. The machine has also been busy installing precast concrete panels to line the tunnel walls. Once it reaches its destination, which is Read More

Michels bringing trenchless solutions down under

Founded in the Midwestern United States in 1959 as a regional natural gas distribution company, Michels quickly expanded its services to meet the evolving needs of established and new customers.  In 1988, Michels entered the horizontal directional drilling (HDD) market, offering a safe, environmentally sound way to install utility lines in areas where traditional open-trench construction Read More