The Rapid Excavation and Tunneling Conference (RETC) – North America’s largest tunneling event in 2015 – is heading to New Orleans June 7-10. The venue is the Sheraton New Orleans in the heart of downtown with easy access to Bourbon Street and other famous attractions.
RETC offers a host of activities including a technical program featuring the latest in trends and technology from around the world, and an exhibition hall that features the leading equipment and services companies in the North American tunneling market. In addition, technical tours and networking opportunities are available. Show organizers are expecting approximately 1,400 attendees.
New Orleans itself is also a great destination with plenty of dining, sightseeing, outdoor and entertainment opportunities.
RETC, held in alternating years with the North American Tunneling Conference (NAT), is sponsored and organized by the Underground Construction Association of SME (UCA). For more information or to register, visit www.retc.org.
The most extreme tunnel and underground construction sites demand the most dependable, durable ventilation equipment available today. Since 1926, ABC Industries Inc. has been a leading provider of high quality, customized ducting solutions to many of the largest tunneling operations around the world. ABC’s line of MineVent and TruOval MineVent layflat blower tubing, MineDuct wire-reinforced exhaust ducting, RigiDuct filament-wound fiberglass ducting, brattice, fly pads, blast curtains, fans and accessories offer underground professionals a suite of ventilation solutions. As tunneling and underground construction continue to evolve, ABC proactively collaborates with industry professionals to engineer unique, high quality ventilation products.
AECOM is a premier, fully integrated professional and technical services firm positioned to design, build, finance and operate infrastructure assets around the world. With nearly 100,000 employees serving clients in over 150 countries, AECOM is a leader in all of the key markets that it serves. The company’s collaborative team of tunnel practitioners delivers full-service technical solutions to meet any tunneling challenge, drawing from its strong capabilities in bored tunnels, immersed tube tunnels, cut-and-cover tunnels, microtunneling, fire and life safety, ventilation, geology and geotechnical engineering. AECOM has successfully designed over 1,000 miles of tunnels for all applications.
With over 1 million sq ft installed worldwide, Agru’s protective tunnel liners combine the advantages of thermoplastics (flexible, ductile, no corrosion) with concrete’s high strength stiffness. Whether used in bored or conventional construction, Agru tunnel liners protect against water infiltration, aggressive soils and root penetration. AgruFlex is designed for cut-and-cover tunnel construction. It combines a black base layer with a bright signal layer and can be combined with geotextiles, HDPE or LLDPE liners. Sure-Grip is a high-impact resistant liner that features V-shaped studs that adhere securely to concrete. Sure-Grip provides long-term protection of tunnel structures from erosion.
Established in 1973, Akkerman develops, manufactures and supports quality pipe jacking and tunneling equipment that accurately installs a variety of underground infrastructure. Akkerman partners with contractors to explore project solutions for a wide range of geology, pipe diameters of 4 in. (102 mm) through 14 ft (4.3 m) and numerous lengths.
Arup is one of the world’s leading tunneling and geotechnical consultants. Collaborating with public agencies, contractors, and other engineers, Arup works to understand client needs and challenges to develop tailored solutions. Winner of the 2014 Specialist Tunnelling Project of the Year at the NCE/ITA International Tunnelling & Underground Space Awards, Arup’s experience encompasses all aspects of tunneling and ground engineering in the full range of rock and soil conditions. Arup’s committed multidisciplinary teams deliver innovative solutions and real value for some of the world’s largest and most complex tunnel projects.
Avanti International is the most experienced producer of high-quality chemical and cement grouts in the United States. Avanti’s products have been used extensively to control groundwater in many geotechnical applications before, during and after construction to stop leaks, stabilize soils, fill voids, and create impermeable barriers in mines, tunnels, dams and subways. AvantiGrout was been used worldwide in climates as arid as Egypt to the humid locales of South America. Avanti has a full product line including ultrafine and microfine cements, hydrophilic and hydrophobic foams, acrylamide, acrylic and acrylate grouts, chemically activated gels, and water-activated foams.
Babendererde Engineers specializes in mechanized tunneling and underground storage construction. Babendererde supports projects worldwide with customized services during project development and design, as well as with construction management and applied process engineering. Another successful service being offered is practical trouble-shooting on-site for TBMs in difficult situations. For water and gas storage, Babendererde provides assistance for developers and construction companies. Tunnelsoft supports the tunneling industry with specialized software for data management and visualization. Babendererde’s major product is the software Tunnelling Process Control (TPC). Its unique flexibility, combined with powerful automatic reporting and notification tools, makes it one of the leading solutions in the market. TPC has successful references all over the world.
Bauer Foundation based in Tampa, Florida, is the U.S. subsidiary of Bauer Spezialtiefbau (Construction Division), which provides specialized deep foundation solutions for the tunneling, commercial, industrial, power, transportation and environmental markets. Bauer Foundation offers its services throughout the United States with a focus in the Southeastern states. Bauer is one of the world leaders in deep foundations offering techniques such as drilled shafts, displacement piles, augercast piles, driven piles and micro piles. Bauer also offers more advanced systems such as diaphragm walls, soil mixing, jet grouting, tieback anchors, grouting, ground freezing and other ground improvement techniques.
Brokk Inc. has upgraded its electric Brokk 400 remote-controlled demolition machine to include a larger undercarriage for heavy-tracking applications like tunneling and mining and for enhanced stability when operating with heavier attachments like metal shears and scabblers. The new Brokk 400 can handle attachments up to 1,420 pounds, and its hydraulic quick-hitch system eliminates the need for hard pinning, so operators can change attachments more quickly and easily and with less hassle. Brokk also has improved the hydraulic system; it now provides more efficient fluid flow when the machine is operating a drill attachment so there is more consistent power.
Brookville Equipment Corp.
Brookville designs and manufactures diesel and battery locomotives, personnel carriers and combination vehicles for underground miners and tunnelers. Customizable Brookville units come in ranges of four to 50 tons with variable gauges of 24 to 48 in. Recent product enhancements include remote control, LED gauge panels and integrated rearview cameras for operational safety and efficiency. Brookville units have serviced some of the industry’s most notable projects, including the East Side Access Project in New York City and the Stillwater Mine in Montana. In early 2015, Brookville delivered three 27-ton tunneling locomotives to the Crenshaw/LAX Transit Corridor Tunnel Project in Los Angeles.
David R. Klug & Associates Inc. provides international and national manufacturer representative services to the underground heavy civil and mine construction industries. The company specializes in the coordination of products, equipment and services for NATM, soft ground, precast segmental and conventional tunnel construction. This is inclusive of initial support systems, GFRP bolts and soft-eye structures, flexible membrane waterproofing systems, prefabricated final lining reinforcement products, steel molds, connectors and gasket sealing systems for one-pass precast tunnel linings, tunnel profiling/scanning equipment and associated site services, design and supply of project specific material handling systems, and complex final lining forming systems.
The Derrick HI-Cap Shaker offers over 62 sq ft of screen surface on a single unit and can process a maximum of 5,280 gpm (1,200 m3/hr) and offer up to 300 T/Hr of solids removal, which allows tunneling and other civil contractors unmatched shaker performance with minimal footprint. This is accomplished by utilizing Derrick’s true, high g-force linear motion shaker design, coupled with Derrick’s Polyweb urethane screen surfaces. Nearly half of its urethane screen surface is open area, which allows for maximum fluid and solids handling capacity. Polyweb screens are virtually non-blinding, and outlast comparable wire cloth surfaces by 10 to 15 times.
DSI Underground Systems Inc.
DSI Underground Systems Inc. is America’s leading manufacturer and supplier of specialist ground support products to the underground industry. Over the last several years, DSI has strategically expanded its Underground Business Sector. Today, DSI is a global market leader in the design, development, production and supply of underground products and systems. Keeping in line with its strategy “Local Presence – Global Competence,” DSI has over 2,100 employees worldwide with operations across EMEA (Europe, Middle East, Africa), APAC (Asia-Pacific), North America and South America. Currently, DSI satisfies the demands of its customers in 95 countries around the world.
Hatch Mott MacDonald
Hatch Mott MacDonald provides tunnel design and engineering solutions for rail and transit, road, water/wastewater conveyance, CSO storage, and cable and communications. With a reputation for technical excellence, HMM identifies practical approaches to tunneling, equipment selection and contracting approaches. Expertise includes soft ground and rock tunneling, cut and cover, underground caverns, immersed tube tunnels, jacked tunnels, and mircotunneling. Complementary skills in technical areas include tunnel rehabilitation, ground stabilization and treatment, tunnel systems, ventilation, and life safety and security. With a staff of over 2,700 in 77 offices throughout North America, HMM’s vision is to be the consultant of choice.
Hayward Baker provides services to solve a variety of tunneling issues: the stabilization of soft soils for tunnel boring and break-ins and break-outs; groundwater control; tunnel liner stabilization; access shaft construction; re-leveling TBMs; and controlling settlement of overlying structures during tunnel boring. Hayward Baker has the experience and state-of-the-art technology to solve every subsurface problem, typical or unique.
As the only company worldwide, Herrenknecht delivers cutting-edge tunnel boring machines for all ground conditions and in all diameters – ranging from 0.10 to 19 m. The Herrenknecht product range includes tailor-made machines for transport, supply and disposal tunnels. Under the umbrella of the Herrenknecht Group, a team of innovative specialists has formed to provide integrated solutions around tunnel construction with project-specific equipment and service packages upon request. The most recent breakthrough of a Herrenknecht large diameter machine operating on U.S. project: Tunneling for Lake Mead Intake No. 3 (7.18 m, Multimode TBM) under water pressure of up to 15 bar – a new world record!
Urban growth is exerting increased demand for more efficient transportation, reliable power, water and wastewater conveyance, and communication systems. Many cities are opting to add infrastructure underground. Modern technology makes that solution possible and preferable. Impressive, sophisticated underground structures can help solve current and future urban congestion and development challenges. HNTB Corp. has more than 45 years of experience in the design, construction and restoration of tunnels and underground structures in various grounds in the highway, transit, rail, aviation and water resources markets. Projects range from small-diameter excavations to the world’s largest machine-bored tunnels.
Hobas centrifugally cast, fiberglass-reinforced, polymer mortar pipe is ideal for a variety of installation methods including nearly every trenchless application: sliplining, jacking, microtunneling, two-pass tunnel and casing carrier plus open cut and above ground for both pressure and gravity applications. Key applications are storm and sanitary sewers, other corrosive environments and potable water. Sections join with push-together, leak free, gasket sealed couplings. Non-pressure and pressure classes are manufactured in diameters from 18 to 126 in.
Hughes Brothers Inc.
Hughes Brothers Inc., manufacturer of Aslan FRP materials, will be displaying fiber-reinforced polymer products that facilitate TBM launch and reception chambers, removable FRP soil nails and earth anchors and GFRP bars for face stabilization in sequential excavation methods. Aslan FRP bars are uniquely suited to the tunneling and mining industry as they are very high strength, lightweight, and non-corroding, but are easily “consumed” by mining equipment or tunnel boring machines. Recently, Aslan bars were used in diaphragm walls for the Seattle SR 99, Blue Plains CSO work in Washington,D.C., and the Amtrak Hudson Yards projects.
Jennmar has been an innovative leader in ground control for the mining industry for more than 40 years. Over the past decade, the success of Jennmar’s products and engineering solutions has led the company, quite naturally, into tunneling applications as well. Jennmar has made key acquisitions of people and equipment to further enhance its deep commitment to serve the tunneling industry. Jennmar’s primary product roster includes PYTHON expandable rock bolts, FRICTION-LOK stabilizer systems, steel sets, steel tunnel and shaft ribs, lattice girders, rail ties and resins. With the company’s alliance partner, Contech, Jennmar can also provide TWO-flange liner plate.
KERN Tunneltechnik SA is an international company providing high-tech solutions for tunneling systems. With a team composed of specialists with proven experience in tunneling engineering and with the continuous research and development, in only five years, Kern Tunneltechnik has been able to revolutionize the European market for formworks and tunneling machines, constantly pursuing technical innovations. KERN Tunneltechnik has the capability to satisfy at best customers with high quality and safety standards and requirements.
KING Shotcrete Solutions
KING Shotcrete Solutions include pre-packaged shotcrete material, as well as mixing and placement equipment, intended for mining, tunneling, concrete construction and concrete rehabilitation projects. KING Shotcrete Solutions supports your complete shotcrete operation. KING is also a distributor of mixing and pumping equipment designed for various grouting applications. The strength of KING Shotcrete Solutions lies in its ability to provide high-quality equipment, as well as a high level of technical support from the supply of wear parts to equipment servicing and training.
Lachel & Associates Inc.
Lachel & Associates (Lachel), a Schnabel Engineering company, specializes in design and construction management services for tunneling and other heavy civil construction projects in the areas of transportation, water and wastewater infrastructure, and hydroelectric power. Lachel combines its expertise in the design and construction of underground structures with the necessary understanding of the nuances and interrelationship of geology, hydrogeology and geotechnics on underground projects. From inception, through design, risk assessment, cost estimating, and construction, Lachel provides time-critical answers to difficult questions that help make certain the project comes in on time and within budget.
Malcolm Drilling Co.
Malcolm Drilling Co. Inc. has for five decades been an innovator and leader in the deep foundation industry. Malcolm’s list of core services as it relates to tunneling and geotechnical construction includes access shafts, support of excavation systems, cutoff and secant pile walls, grouting techniques, various soil mixing methods and dewatering. These combined services have routinely been applied on numerous complex tunneling projects throughout North America from SR 99 in Seattle to the POMT in Miami. The company’s engineering experience facilitates design-build efficiency and allows for timely collaboration with owners and contractors. Malcolm provides these services nationwide through our regional offices.
McDowell Equipment Ltd.
McDowell Equipment Ltd. supplies new and late-model tunneling equipment for rental or sale. The company’s rental fleet consists of underground loaders from ½ to 10 yd; underground haul trucks from 7 to 40 tons; low-profile motor graders; jumbo drills with one, two or three booms; underground remixers; locomotives; and muck cars. McDowell manufactures shotecrete machines, scissor lifts, ANFO loaders, and personnel carriers. The company can also offer fully re-manufactured or reconditioned equipment at significant savings from new with fast delivery times.
McMillen Jacobs Associates
McMillen Jacobs Associates is an employee-owned engineering and construction firm serving the water resources, heavy civil, and underground markets. The firm designs with vision and builds with integrity. McMillen Jacobs Associates offers comprehensive design, design-build, self-performing construction and construction management capabilities. The company’s services include environmental studies, licensing, permitting, hydraulics, hydrology, and dam safety, as well as civil, structural, geotechnical, mechanical, and electrical engineering. McMillen Jacobs Associates also provides claims and dispute resolution services, and maintains offices covering North America and Australasia.
Mining Equipment is proudly building a complete line of diesel locomotives. The company has been rebuilding every make of locomotive available over the last 30 years, and has seen examples of the good, the bad and the impractical when it comes to locomotive design. Using that hard-earned knowledge and experience, along with a great deal of customer input, Mining Equipment decided to build a simpler, more robust locomotive that the company knows customers want and need.
Moretrench specializes in complex underground construction geotechnical challenges, particularly those related to tunnels, shafts, cross passages, and other underground structures. The company’s services include ground freezing, dewatering and groundwater control, earth retention and excavation support, soil stabilization and grouting, remediation of mixed-face conditions, rock consolidation, and groundwater treatment. These services are available nationwide through offices in New Jersey, New York, Florida, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania and Maryland.
Multicrete Systems Inc.
For more than 25 years, Multicrete Systems Inc. has provided the mining and tunneling sectors with value-added solutions for both specialized shotcrete programs and multifaceted projects in logistically challenging locations. The company prides itself on supplying the innovative equipment, which has repeatedly proven to provide the most cost-effective solutions to fit its customers’ needs. Multicrete designs and builds underground material transport systems, fully automated batching facilities, as well as storage and state-of-the-art bulk mixing stations. Multicrete’s automated facilities blend and package shotcrete, grout and concrete. The company is western Canada’s authorized distributors for Ictus, ChemGrout, York concrete and grout equipment, Sika/Aliva shotcrete equipment and concrete removal products, admixtures, Aliva shotcrete equipment, RoMix concrete products, and Ictus grout pumps.
MWH Global is dedicated to “Building a Better World.” As specialists in water and natural resources, MWH employees use innovative ideas and technology to help solve complex infrastructure and environmental challenges. This work is built on a nearly 200-year history during which MWH has delivered services from initial planning and design through construction, start-up and operations. Today, MWH employs more than 7,000 experts including engineers, consultants and construction professionals in 35 countries on six continents. Each of these experts is committed to serving global communities through sustainable development and project delivery. MWH is a private, employee-owned company headquartered in Broomfield, Colorado.
Naylor Pipe Co.
Established in 1925, Naylor Spiralweld Steel Pipe is the contractor’s choice for tunnel construction pipe: ventilation, compressed air, cooling water, well point headers and dewatering service are common uses. Naylor Pipe is manufactured in accordance with ASTM A-139 and ASTM A-211 specifications. Diameters range from 4 to 96 in. and thicknesses from 1/16 to ½ in. Also available are the necessary fittings and connections including the exclusive Naylor Heavy Duty Wedgelock Couplings to complete your pipe system.
Nicholson has been both a leader and an innovator in the geotechnical construction industry for more than 50 years. With regional offices across the country and headquarters located in Pittsburgh, Nicholson is a nationally renowned specialty contractor, offering proven expertise in the design and installation of deep foundation elements, earth retention systems and ground treatment solutions. Nicholson prides itself on its ability to consistently provide clients with innovative, high-quality design-build options for projects of varying size and complexity. Nicholson is the North American subsidiary of Soletanche Bachy, one of the world’s leading geotechnical contractors, and is part of a global network of unparalleled geotechnical resources and expertise.
Nightstick by Bayco Products Inc.
Nightstick is a global brand of professional lighting products including flashlights, headlamps and intrinsically safe lighting solutions that exceed the industry standards in performance, quality, user-safety and value. Innovations such as Nightstick’s exclusive Dual-Light design, combining a flashlight and a floodlight into a single light with the ability to turn both on simultaneously for added versatility and safety, is altering the idea of what a flashlight is. Further evidence of this innovative thinking is shown by the company’s complete line of intrinsically safe lights that have the highest safety ratings in the world covering all classes, all divisions, and all groups.
Northwest Laborers-Employers Training Trust – Safety Hazard Awareness for Tunnels (SHAFT) Program
Developed by the Northwest Laborers-Employers Training Trust with input from a team of industry experts and stakeholders, the Safety Hazard Awareness for Tunnels (SHAFT) program seeks to fill a void by providing quality, comprehensive safety training for both new and experienced tunnel professionals. The curriculum is comprised of a blend of classroom discussion and use of materials and mockups in classes focusing on basic tunnel safety, rail, and utilities. Our facility, located in Elma, Wash., features a TBM mockup, loci, and access to 1,400 ft of 12-ft diameter tunnel, providing students with a unique, interactive educational experience.
For more than 50 years, Pemco Corp. has provided the mining and tunneling industries with dependable electrical power distribution equipment. The firm’s electrical power center, transformers and control products are designed and manufactured to specific project requirements to meet the demands of underground environments. Pemco Corp. also provides a full complement of electrical equipment for above ground (outside) support operations such as substations, control buildings, etc.
QSP Packers is a manufacturer/supplier of a complete range of inflatable and mechanical packers used in North America and worldwide. They have many uses, including pressure grouting, single or straddle set-up, tube-a-manchette, wireline/core drilling, permeability testing, and water wells. Also available are environmental well packers, and even mechanical packers. They are field repairable. If something goes wrong, just call QSP Packers and the company will have the parts to you next day. Parts are interchangeable with packers using Bimbar, Geopro and Petrometalic Glands.
Rasa, formed in 1907, has become an industrial leader and specialty manufacturer in Japan, dealing in industrial chemicals, recycling plants, steel forging and tunneling equipment. For the past 35 years, Rasa Industries Ltd. has manufactured a full line of microtunneling and EPB machines producing over 1,000 systems ranging from 24 to 160 in. OD. Rasa also can supply specialty jacking frames and power packs and slurry pump packages, along with data logging and gyro navigation systems with its partner, Tokyo-Keiki Ltd. Introduced in the United States in 2009 by Microtunneling Inc., Rasa has been recognized for its robust and user-friendly equipment.
Since its Resiplast US inception in 1963, RP Industries has developed resin systems for various industrial applications. With more than 50 years of experience, RP Industries has become known as an established global market leader in the manufacturing and development of synthetic resins and special techniques for the industry. Resiplast US Inc. was established in 2013 to manage the U.S. and Caribbean operations of RP Industries. Brand names include Spetec, a line of high-quality polyurethane injection resins specially developed to stabilize soil, rock and seal water ingress. For over 25 years, Spetec injection resins have been used in structures such as tunnels, mining, metro systems, excavations, dams and ground barriers.
Rhinotraders, an off shoot of Microtunneling Inc, utilizes an extensive knowledge base and network of connections developed by Tim Coss in his decades of working in the underground industry. Rhinotraders facilitates the sale of used microtunneling, tunneling, pilot tube and GBM machines on a global level. Having access to used and refurbished equipment from multiple manufacturers and sources, Rhinotraders spans the world sourcing and marketing equipment. If you are looking to turn unneeded equipment into cash, Rhinotraders has the resources to help. With existing business relationships spanning the globe, Rhinotraders has the ability to market equipment to a broad client base worldwide.
Rocscience develops easy-to-use and reliable analysis and design software for geotechnical applications. The company offers a wide range of tools, from 2D limit equilibrium slope stability software to 2D and 3D finite element programs. Rocscience software can be used for a wide range of engineering projects including data analysis, slope stability, groundwater seepage, rockfall analysis, kinematic analysis, probabilistic and sensitivity analysis, settlement and consolidation, dynamic analysis, slope and tunnel support design, and much more. You can try any of the company’s programs for free for two weeks, with no obligation.
Since 1967, Roctest has designed and manufactured instruments using the most effective technologies for its vibrating wire and fiber-optics products. Roctest is recognized as a global leader and our products have been used in thousands of projects worldwide. Since Roctest is capable of offering vibrating wire and fiber-optics solutions to our customers, Roctest has the unique ability to provide its customers exactly what they need for their project. Dams, tunnels, pipelines, bridges, statues, buildings, slopes and nuclear power plants are just a few examples of where you can find Roctest sensors around the world.
Shannon & Wilson
Shannon & Wilson develops innovative tunneling solutions to fit specific and challenging site conditions. The firm’s excellent reputation in tunnel design was earned on projects including the world’s largest diameter soft-ground tunnel; the world’s first and only vertical, continuously spiral-lined shaft; the largest deep transit station in soils in the United States; and state-of-the-art instrumentation for major tunnel installations. Shannon & Wilson is currently involved with the design of Northgate Link (Seattle), Alaskan Way Viaduct (Seattle), Regional Connector (Los Angeles); Deer Creek CSO Tunnel (St. Louis); and CSXT Ashland and Princess Railroad Tunnels (Ashland, Kentucky).
Stantec has successfully delivered more than 900 underground projects in the past five years. The company’s expertise covers all technologies currently used, including TBM and conventional tunneling, pipe jacking, microtunneling, Direct Pipe, pipe ramming, guided bore and pilot tube, auger boring, HDD, and the full range of pipe rehabilitation techniques. Stantec’s recent experience includes the City of Atlanta’s Raw Water Delivery System with five miles of 10-ft diameter tunnels and City of Ottawa’s Combined Sewage Storage Tunnels with 3.7 miles of 9.8-ft diameter tunnels. With a promise to design with community in mind, Stantec focuses on risk avoidance and mitigation using robust management programs that deliver the best overall value to clients.
Technical Tunnelling Components
Technical Tunnelling Components (TTC) has over 40 years of experience manufacturing and supplying segment accessories such as connection bolts, grout/lifting sockets, segment packers and grommets along with the award-winning Dowelock connection system. TTC truly is the one-stop shop for all precast segmental fixing and grouting systems. The in-house design and manufacturing capabilities that Tunnelling Accessories and Bosworth Plastics have can also offer products for challenging situations as well as standard segment accessories. TTC supplies components worldwide with an impressive product portfolio along with excellent service.
Tenbusch Inc. designs and manufactures custom tunneling and pipe jacking systems for underground construction applications. Products include TBMs, tunneling and pipe jacking shields, excavators, conveyors, spoil carts and track, jacking frames, hydraulic power units, bentonite/polymer lubrication systems, and thrust walls. Tenbusch Inc. also manufactures custom sliplining systems and pipe carriers. Tenbusch Inc. can supply custom individual equipment or complete integrated equipment systems.
The Robbins Company
The Robbins Company integrates over 60 years of experience and expertise into its Crossover Series of TBMs, a line of field-tested, rugged Dual-Mode type machines. Crossover TBMs feature aspects of two TBM types, and are ideal for mixed ground conditions that might otherwise require multiple tunneling machines. Robbins supplies three types of Crossover machines: the XRE (Crossover between Rock/EPB), the XSE (Crossover between Slurry/EPB), and XRS (Crossover between Rock/Slurry). Robbins Crossover TBMs are in operation on projects around the world, including those in Mexico, Turkey and Australia.
Tubificio Lombardo Srl is a worldwide leading enterprise in the manufacturing of welded steel tubes and mechanical jointed pipelines and fittings. Founded in 1994, the company is located in northern Italy. Tubificio Lombardo produces Quicklock grooved products (available in nominal sizes from 1 to 24 in.), irrigation type pipes and flanged pipes. The company’s pipes and fittings are widely employed as tunnel construction service pipes like water, air and slurry. Tubificio Lombardo can supply pipes and fittings with several types of coating/lining: black (suitable where pipelines are temporary), painted in a specific RAL, hot dip galvanizing (for pipe that needs long-lasting corrosion protection) and thermoplastic.
VMT has been supplying tailor-made solutions, services, navigation and monitoring systems to the tunneling industry since 1994. Development of specific systems for the guidance of tunnel boring machines in segmentally lined, pipe jacked and conventional tunnels has been the major aspect of product development to date. Now VMT provides a Segment Documentation System (SDS), the leading solution in segment quality management and logistics. This together with VMT’s High Adaptability Data and Emergency System (HADES) information transfer infrastructure and deformation monitoring improves the quality and safety on construction sites and helps to reduce costs.
ZED Tunnel Guidance
ZED Tunnel Guidance will be promoting its next generation of system processor and display, the result of the company’s continuous development program. ZED designs, develops and manufactures guidance/navigation systems for all types of TBM. The company’s extensive, in-house knowledge of the engineering principles required, and their application, allows it to take advantage of advances in technology to produce equipment that is innovative, modular, robust and highly reliable. With a range of products for use in the toughest environments, ZED is the best response to the most challenging of projects