Nominations open for ASTT Awards 2019

The awards are an opportunity to nominate projects, colleagues and peers, giving them the chance to be recognised on an international stage that highlights outstanding achievements to key stakeholders in the trenchless industry. There are five categories available for ASTT members to submit nominations; all nominated companies and people must be current ASTT members. Nominations will close Read More

No-Dig Down Under opens early bird registrations

No-Dig Down Under, one of the largest dedicated trenchless technology events in the world, will take place at the Melbourne Conference and Exhibition Centre on 10–13 September. Once again, the event will feature a world-class conference program, a packed exhibition hall, valuable social events and networking opportunities, and best-in-class training courses on trenchless topics. This Read More

Air contamination delays WestConnex

The project – which will connect the upgraded M4 and M5 motorways, and Port Botany, the airport and the M6 – is facing more delays after testing revealed air pollution concerns. An independent air monitoring report recorded ‘extremely high’ fungal contamination causing more than 600 tradespeople working on the tunnel to halt work at the M4 East Read More

Adept awarded level crossing removal works

Works to remove the Seaford Road level crossing, part of the Frankston train line, were recently completed and operations are set to continue throughout 2019. Adept Civil will undertake sewer and watermain relocation works, including open cut and boring to install 300 m of sewer and 1.2 km of watermain at Carrum Station. For more Read More

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Sewer Relining Mareeba Issued by: Mareeba Shire Council Closing date: 13 March 2019Location: QueenslandDescription: Tenders are invited for the structural relining of sewer mains in Mareeba. Branch Sewer – Stage 2 The Grove Estate West – Tarneit West Issued by: City West Water Closing date: 13 March 2019 Location: Victoria Description: Construction of Stage 2 Read More

Damaged TBMs halt tunnelling in Perth

Workers in the TBM, a machine named Grace, reported a potential mechanical issue approximately 4 km along the alignment. Since then damage to the screw conveyor, which moves excavated material away from the front of the TBM, has been identified. As a precautionary measure the other TBM, known as Sandy, was also stopped and inspected, confirming Read More

Tunnelling project faces delays

New South Wales’ WestConnex project – which will provide a connection for motorists between the upgraded M4 and M5 motorways, and to Port Botany, the airport and the M6 – is facing delays after a generator failure and a burst pipe. More than 300 workers were evacuated from the tunnels following power issues, the second Read More

WATCH: First TBM arrives in Melbourne

The machine, which will be used to build Melbourne’s AU$6.7 billion West Gate Tunnel, was shipped in parts to the Port of Melbourne, where Victoria’s Acting Premier James Merlino joined the Minister for Transport Infrastructure Melissa Horne were waiting to meet the cargo. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7O5LAuFBaZc The rest of the pieces that will make up the TBM Read More

Boring through the Blue Mountains

Mr Buckingham used social media to contact The Boring Company Founder Elon Musk for a quote to tunnel through the Blue Mountains in New South Wales. According to the politician, a 50 km tunnel through the Blue Mountains would open “vast opportunities” in the west of NSW and Sydney. https://twitter.com/greensjeremy/status/1086904393406902272 In the Twitter exchange, Mr Read More

WATCH: Sydney Metro’s first TBM arrives

The 150 m, 1,100 t Herrenknecht TBM is specially designed to tunnel beneath the city centre through Sydney’s hard sandstone geology. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HY4mJLxRXEU&t Under the AU$2.81 billion tunnelling contract, awarded to a John Holland–CPB Contractors–Ghella Joint Venture, the five TBMs will deliver twin 15.5 km metro tunnels from Chatswood to Sydenham. Two of the TBMs will tunnel 6.2 km from Read More

Victoria places order for West Gate Tunnel TBMs

The West Gate Tunnel Project will provide an alternative to the West Gate Bridge, upgrading the West Gate Freeway and linking it to the city and CityLink. Weighing 4,000 t, the 15.6 m diameter, 90 m long TBMs will be launched from the northern tunnel portal in Footscray and, once in the ground, build 6.8 Read More

Project update: Forrestfield-Airport Link

Having safely installed more than 18,000 segments and completed 33 per cent of the route, TBM Grace has been fitted with new cutterhead teeth, with Sandy to receive the same treatment in the coming weeks. The machines are now tunnelling between Airport Central and Redcliffe Station, so tunnel one has been closed between the Airport and Read More

Contractor wins stormwater relocation contract

The project will provide an alternative to the West Gate Bridge, upgrading the West Gate Freeway and linking it to the city and CityLink. Under the contract, Adept Civil Group will relocate the stormwater alignment to make way for the AU$6.7 billion West Gate Tunnel. Works will involve relocating using open cut and boring to Read More

NSW Government awards major infrastructure contract

The government awarded the works package, worth an estimated AU$1.38 billion, to a joint venture (JV) of CIMIC Group companies CPB Contractors and UGL. The JV will take part in the design, construction and commissioning of major rail systems in the new twin tunnels, an expansion of the existing Sydney Metro Trains Facility at Rouse Read More

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Woodgate Vacuum Sewer Main – Stage 2 Issued by: Bundaberg Regional Council Closing date: 20 November 2018 Location: New South Wales Description: The Woodgate Vacuum Sewer Main (Stage 2) is an extension of the Stage 1 sewerage network with the intent to transfer additional sewer inflow to the new Woodgate Sewer Pump Station. The scope Read More

TBM launched under Sydney for rail project

Launched in October, the TBM, known as Nancy, is one of five machines being used on the Sydney Metro project, constructing 31 km of tunnels between Marrickville and Chatswood. In combination with another TBM, Nancy – named in honour of transport pioneer Nancy Bird Walton OBE – is tunnelling 8.1 km from Marrickville to new Read More

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Infrastructure conference to explore future of NSW 

Taking place on 21–22 November at the Sydney International Convention Centre, the event has lined-up industry leaders to present throughout the conference, including Infrastructure NSW CEO Jim Betts and Sydney Motorway Corporation CEO Dennis Cliché. In the coming years, the state will inject more than AU$14 billion into state transport infrastructure in order to properly Read More

CRL requests stations and tunnel contract proposals

CRL has requested proposals for the major tunnels and stations contract – the C3 Work Package – on the project to extend Auckland’s passenger rail system to provide for the estimated population growth over the next 30 years. The two shortlisted tenderers for the contractors are: a Downer New Zealand, Vinci Construction Grands Projets, Soletanche Bachy Read More

Victorian Government awards AU$1b Metro Tunnel works package

The Rail Infrastructure Alliance comprises CPB Contractors, John Holland, AECOM, as well as project owner Rail Projects Victoria and rail franchisee Metro Trains Melbourne. Revenue to CPB Contractors for the design and construct contract is approximately AU$400 million. “Investment in major transport infrastructure in Victoria is providing CIMIC Group and CPB Contractors with a strong Read More

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Relining of Sewers in Roma – 2018/19 Issued By: Maranoa Regional Council Closing Date: 24 September 2018 Location: Queensland  Description: Maranoa Regional Council invites suitably qualified and experienced contractors to submit a schedule of rates price and supporting documentation for the relining of sewer mains and pipes within Roma. The works to be carried out under this project consist Read More

Project update: Forrestfield-Airport Link

Having safely installed more than 18,000 segments and completed 33 per cent of the route, TBM Grace has been fitted with new cutterhead teeth, with Sandy to receive the same treatment in the coming weeks. The machines are now tunnelling between Airport Central and Redcliffe Station, so tunnel one has been closed between the Airport Read More

Britomart Station

Trenchless Australasia teams up with Australian Tenders

Each fortnightly edition of the Trenchless Australasia e-newsletter will now include a list of tenders relevant to no-dig contractors, suppliers and manufacturers. The information is provided by Australian Tenders, which is renowned for being an Australia-wide locally owned and operated tender notification service. Australian Tenders is also offering readers of Trenchless Australasia a 25 per cent discount on Read More

Victorian Premier proposes largest Australian rail project

The proposed project would involve tunnelling a new underground rail network connecting every major Victorian train line – from the Frankston line to the Werribee line, through to Melbourne Airport – with up to 12 new stations. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9RHW0k8ngs0 A re-elected Labor government plans to invest AU$300 million in a full business case, design and pre-construction, Read More

Sydney Metro’s first TBM arrives

The 150 m, 1,100 t Herrenknecht TBM is specially designed to tunnel beneath the city centre through Sydney’s hard sandstone geology. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HY4mJLxRXEU&t=1s Under the AU$2.81 billion tunnelling contract, awarded to a John Holland–CPB Contractors–Ghella Joint Venture, the five TBMs will deliver twin 15.5 km metro tunnels from Chatswood to Sydenham. Two of the TBMs will Read More

Construction of Forrestfield-Airport Link continues

TBM Sandy has also left the Airport Central Station box and is currently stopped for routine maintenance works just past 2.2 km into tunnel two. The machines have installed more than 16,000 tunnel segments, more than 60 per cent of which have been produced locally. Station infrastructure at Airport Central is also progressing, with construction Read More

CRL construction begins at Mount Eden

With the existing stormwater pipe currently in the path of the new CRL tunnels, a section of the pipe will be diverted to create a new alignment between Water and Nikau Streets. CRL will demolish buildings in the area to make way for shafts to be dug at Water and Ruru Streets. Shafts at the Read More