Dora the Bora completes first tunnel

The first tunnel was drilled 10 metres beneath the existing rail line and will be used to house a new route for a large watermain. It is the first of three, with the second and third tunnels to be drilled to make way for massive stormwater pipes. The drilling is part of a construction blitz Read More

TasWater upgrades water mains

TasWater upgrades in Triabunna

The project aims to provide water security and deliver essential water services to the area.  Pre-construction stages of the project were Taswater’s Capital Delivery Office (CDO).  CDO’s Project Manager for the Triabunna project Nathan Toomer said the project will provide better fire protection capabilities for emergency services personnel in the area, as well as improving Read More

West Gate TBM reaches milestone

The TBM, named Bella, has reached the 1 km mark of her 4 km overall journey.  Bella remains the largest TBM currently operating in the southern hemisphere with a cutting diameter of 15.6 metres, requiring a crew of 20 to operate.  The Westgate Tunnel Project is constructing twin tunnels between the Maribyrnong River and the Read More


After the storm: what the floods have taught us

The feedback from water managers around recent flood events has been characterised by shock and awe. Furthermore, it has been about how can stormwater infrastructure ever cope with the levels of water that submerged parts of towns and cities such as Byron Bay and Lismore, Brisbane and Sydney experienced. Of course, there is no single Read More


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

Vermeer HDD is a fab addition to Irrifab

Thompson’s Irrifab (TI) was started in 1985 by Ray and Greg Thompson, based out of Cowra, in the Central West of New South Wales. The business started out as a farm irrigation service, providing local farms with support on pivot irrigation, stock water systems and turf watering. Then about 10 years ago, they decided to Read More


Quick-Lock systems: chemical-free and safe for all water rehab

The Quick-Lock system is a trenchless pipe repair solution that restores the integrity of pipes and seals out of groundwater. Comprised of a pneumatically expanding rehabilitation sleeve, Quick-Lock provides structural repair to the inside of pipelines, and is specifically designed for point repair, pre-lining stabilisation works, and as a liner end seal.  What sets Quick-Lock apart 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

Bakton, the new TBM machine for Rob Carr, Western Australia

The project includes one of the longest drives carried out in WA. This project involves the construction of a 1.9 km wastewater pipeline with a diameter of 2.2 metres (m) through a combination of micro tunnelling and open trench construction. The northern corridor of the metropolitan area will benefit from the addition of this pipeline Read More

Market challenges fail to holt KAISER’s growth

KAISER is one of the world’s leading manufacturers and suppliers of vacuum and jetting vehicles for water recycling, sewer, stormwater, hydraulic excavation, industrial and dry suction applications. Having partnered with Canberra-based NATEE for several years, in 2019, the company established a dedicated subsidiary in the region.  Based out of Sydney and lead by National Area Read More

Iplex Australia secures $51 million Townsville Haughton Pipeline contract

The announcement is the second major contract to be awarded to the leading Australian water industry supplier, Iplex Australia, as part of the project, which will provide water security to the growing city of Townsville. Since the project began in 2018, Iplex, a subsidiary of Fletcher Building, has secured over $100 million in contracts as Read More

View the latest trenchless technology tenders

View the latest trenchless technology tenders

Wastewater and Stormwater Infrastructure – Relining Recurrent Works Issued by: Ballina Shire Council Closing Date: 12/07/2022 Location: New South Wales Description: Recurrent relining program of both wastewater and stormwater for a three year period. Market Sounding for Young & Lawson Stormwater Pipe Jacking (Stages 2 & 3) Issued by: City of Gold Coast Closing Date: Read More

50 m long mural dazzles Mannum to Adelaide pipeline

In collaboration with the Murray River, Lakes and Coorong Tourism Alliance, the Mid-Murray Council and Palmer’s Collier Park Community Association, South Australian artist Jack Fran has painted a mural on a 50 m section of the Mannum to Adelaide pipeline. The 87 km long pipeline delivers raw River Murray water to SA Water’s drinking water Read More


kwik-ZIP reflects on 2022 No-Dig

Reflecting on the 2022 conference, kwik-ZIP expressed that it was fantastic to be able to see so many current customers and connect with new contacts within the industry, particularly after the difficulties faced by all over the past few years with the lack of face to face opportunities.  “Thanks to our loyal customers for taking Read More

Site worker with hard hat

Government funding available for trenchless certificates

Running for 12-24 months, depending on experience, Certificate III Trenchless Technology is a unique apprenticeship, designed for individuals working within the civil construction industry, using forms of trenchless within their work environment. This course covers a range of industry-specific core units of competency designed to ensure trainees understand how to plan and undertake work requirements, Read More

Veolia: Leading the way in ecological transformation

Veolia’s water division comprises over 830 employees across Australia and New Zealand. Chief Operating Officer for Water Daniel Spiller says ecological transformation is at the core of the company’s modus operandi.  “We believe there is a global climate emergency, and that it is the responsibility of companies such as ours to lead the way in Read More

Catherine King

Trenchless in Valencia: More than 500m of SAERTEX-LINER H2O potable water UV liner installed

Running the project was Spanish company GRUPO CANALIS – Soluciones Tecnológicas who turned to SAERTEX multiCom GmbH and their advanced UV-CIPP technology to rehabilitate the ageing pipeline. The job spanned 500m of DN 600 cast iron pipe which supplied the Metropolitan region of Valencia with potable water. GRUPO CANALIS – Soluciones Tecnológicas was charged with Read More

Ditch Witch CEA

Boremore Civil Group benefits from Ditch Witch’s JT60 drill

Featuring a two-speed thrust drive, the JT60 drill power provides operators with the performance needed to drill through a variety of soils on a diverse range of jobsites.  “This power, combined with an innovative design, ensures increased project profitability for the end user,” Ditch Witch CEA Territory Manager Wayne Cox says.  Featuring a Tier 3 Read More

Wilmot Pipelining

Wilmot Pipelining sees success in projects across NSW

The Hunter Water Sewer Relining project located in Newcastle, NSW, has made promising headway as of mid-May 2022. Wilmot Pipelining has completed several sewer relining projects for the water industry company.  Its lining team utilised the Brandenburger BBS.8 Liner to install new UV maintenance hole liners on several sites. The Brandenburger BBS.8 was the first Read More


Vacvator’s range of vacuum excavation trucks lead the way in NDD

Founded in 2006 by Director Andrew Rowlands, and technical founder Denis Walker, Vacvator has grown from its humble beginnings to specialise in the manufacturing of high-quality vacuum excavation trucks. Based in Goulburn NSW, Vacvator’s units are now distributed nationwide to support the civil, industrial, utility, mining sectors and more. As one of the key players Read More


Software for conduit inspection: a buyer’s guide

Is it time to upgrade your conduit inspection software? Many asset owners and contractors are still using software that was released more than 10 years ago and are facing end-of-life notifications from their vendors.  Others are evaluating new software to meet the needs of the Water Services Association of Australia’s (WSAA) newly released 2020 v4.1 reporting Read More

NZ’s City Rail Link produces innovative 3D model

The use of the 3D model will enable the work being diligently executed by the CRL team to be seen with more ease. The model itself is a cross-section and shows a view of the station as if it were cut in half, looking outward toward Victoria from Mayoral Drive. It is hard to show Read More


Auckland’s biggest water project finishes construction

With the connection of Watercare’s Hūnua 4 pipe to the Khyber Pass reservoir marking the colossal pipeline’s completion, it will now undergo a series of tests before the final stage is put into service. Work on the 31 km watermain began in 2008 and has been carried out in 11 stages. As each stage has Read More

L&D Tunnelling mark another project as job well done

The project had involved a rather challenging bore, with Geotech used to show mudstone and siltstone. Moreover, as the works progressed under the railing on the roadside clays with high-level plastics were prominently present. Slow and steady won the race with this project, according to L&D Micro Tunnelling, and it was a great achievement for Read More

Kwik-ZIP on te Maunga

Are your pipe spacers compliant? kwik-ZIP’s are

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 recent 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 Read More


Congratulations to the 2022 ASTT award winners

The gala dinner and awards ceremony was proudly sponsored by Bothar Boring and Tunnelling, occurring on the penultimate day of the No-Dig Down Under exhibition.  ASTT President, Ben Crosby, welcomed guests to the evening and thanked the 400-strong crowd for their contribution to the trenchless industry. “Thank you – for your hard work and dedication Read More