Finalists Announced for 2016 ITA Awards

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ita awardsOn Nov. 11-12, 2016, the International Tunnelling and Underground Space Association (ITA) is organizing the second edition of its ITA Tunnelling Awards, an international competition seeking to recognize and reward the most ground-breaking achievements and innovations in underground infrastructures worldwide. Following quite a rich first harvest in 2015, once more, the score is very positive this year: the ITA received 98 entries from 25 countries competing for the “Oscars of Tunnels” in nine categories.

The 17-judge panel, chaired by the ITA President Tarcisio Celestino, has concluded its review of entries and based on detailed evaluation, 33 entries have been selected as finalists and will participate in the second evaluation stage to determine winners.

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The finalists in each category are:

“MAJOR PROJECT OF THE YEAR” (Budget Over 500 Million Euros)

  • Central – Wan Chai Bypass and Island Eastern Corridor Link – Causeway Bay Typhoon Shelter Section (HY/2009/15); Hong Kong
  • KLANG Valley Mass Rapid Transit (KVMRT), Tunnelling Works; Malaysia
  • Singapore Power Cross-Island Cable Tunnel Project; Singapore
  • The New Guanjiao Tunnel on Qinghai-Tibet Railway; China

“TUNNELLING PROJECT OF THE YEAR” (Budget Between 50 million and 500 million Euros)

  • Downtown Line Stage 3 Contract 937 Construction of Fort Canning Station and Tunnels in Singapore; Singapore
  • Urban Rail Transit Line 9 Tunnel and Underground Engineering in Shenzhen City; China
  • Venda Nova III Repowering Project; Portugal

“OUTSTANDING PROJECT OF THE YEAR” (Budget up to 50 Million Euros)

  • Chongqing Hongqihegou metro station; China
  • The Stigberg garage; Sweden
  • Tunnel for Xinzhuang Station-Jimingsi Station of Nanjing Metro Line 3; China

“RENOVATION-UPGRADING PROJECT OF THE YEAR”

  • ECOMINT/Tectoproof CA – Rive de Gier Tunnel; France
  • ION Orchard Link – Upgrading of Underground Link between Orchard MRT and Tang Plaza; Singapore
  • Vauxhall Station Upgrade Project; United Kingdom

“TECHNICAL INNOVATION OF THE YEAR”

  • Automatic Inspection Vehicle (AIV) for Singapore North South, East West Cable Tunnel; Singapore
  • Large diameter shield tunnelling in pure sands with hybrid EPB shield technology; Brazil
  • Sandvik geoSURE – realtime on-board rock mass analysis system ; Finland
  • Sprayed concrete linings waterproofed with sprayed bonded membranes; Norway
  • Uphill Excavator; United Kingdom

“ENVIRONMENTAL INITIATIVE OF THE YEAR”

  • Stendafjellet Rock Quarry and Underground Waste Disposal Site; Norway
  • The Emscher Project – Back to Nature!; Germany
  • Underground Waste Deposit Consept, Boliden Odda; Norway

“SAFETY INITIATIVE OF THE YEAR”

  • ABSIS (Activity Based Safety Improvement System); Singapore
  • The TunnelSAFE Multi Service Vehicle Refuge Chamber; Australia
  • Total Safety Management Framework; Singapore

“INNOVATIVE USE OF UNDERGROUND SPACE”

  • Jurong Rock Caverns; Singapore
  • Stendafjellet Rock Quarry and Underground Waste Disposal Site; Norway
  • Underground Waste Depositing at Odda; Norway

“YOUNG TUNNELLER OF THE YEAR”

  • Derek Eng; Malaysia
  • Jiang Cha; China
  • Marlísio Oliveira Cecílio Jr; Brazil
  • Mehdi Bakhshi; USA
  • Oh Jinnie; Singapore
  • Senthil Nath G T; Singapore
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