NCE Announces Tunneling Awards

The winners of the 2012 NCE International Tunneling Awards were announced at the prestigious Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel to an audience which included some of the biggest names in the industry.

The awards were organized by New Civil Engineer, Ground Engineering, the International Tunnelling and Underground Space Association (ITA-AITES) and the Tunnelling Association of Canada (TAC) and celebrated the most innovative and successful projects, companies and individuals from across the global tunneling industry.

Martin Knights, former President of the ITA described the night as an “established industry fixture which reminds us that the tunneling industry is a global industry. The people in our industry are in big demand worldwide.”

The awards were hosted by New Civil Engineer editorial director, Antony Oliver and included a keynote speech from Councillor Karen Shintz, chair of the Toronto Transit Commission in front of an audience of the key players from five continents of the global industry.

Winners included:

Environmental Initiative of the Year – Winner: Mott MacDonald, Western Regional Conveyance Tunnel, Croydon, U.K.

Product / Equipment Innovation of the Year – Winner: Halcrow Group, Bond Street Station Upgrade – Senceive Running Tunnel Monitoring System, London, U.K.

Safety Initiative of the Year – Winner: London Power Tunnels Joint Venture: Costain, Halcrow, Mott MacDonald, National Grid, Skanska and VVB, National Grid London Power Tunnels, Croydon, U.K.

Technical Innovation of the Year (Sponsored by BASF) – Winner: SWS Engineering S.p.A , Using Expanded Clay as Back-Filler, Trento, Italy.

Tunnel Design Firm of the Year (Sponsored by STEDI) – Winner: Arup.

Tunneling Advisor/Program Manager of the Year – Winner: HNTB, Devil’s Slide Tunnels.

Tunneling Contractor of the Year – Winner: John Holland, Northern Sewerage Project, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.

Tunneling Project of the Year (Between $100M and $1BN) – Traylor Bros, Queens Bored Tunnels East Side Access.

Tunneling Project of the Year (Less than $100M) – Winner: Taylor Woodrow BAM Nuttall Joint Venture, Tottenham Court Road Station Upgrade, London, U.K.

Major Tunneling Project of the Year (Over $1B) – Winner: Shanghai Tunnel Engineering & Rail Transit Design and Research Institute, Yangtze River Tunnel, Shanghai, China.

Young Tunneler of the Year – Winner: Hyder Consulting, Hong Kong, KO Kwong Yu (Kenneth).

Lifetime Achievement – Winner: Richard Lovat.