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About-turn for „SUSE“ in the Filder Tunnel

 

In late July the moment has come: tunnel boring machine "SUSE" (Ø 10,820 mm) has completely excavated the western tube of the Filder Tunnel. Now, in a specially built cavern, the approximately 120 meter long Multi-mode TBM from Herrenknecht is disassembled into individual parts and turned around underground. From the fall of 2018 it is due to commence excavation work in the remaining 3.4 kilometer section of the eastern tube.

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Bossler Tunnel in Germany: »Käthchen« achieves Breakthrough

 

The site crew working with tunnel boring machine »Käthchen« (»Katie«) has completed the second tube of the Bossler tunnel. The breakthrough near Mühlhausen im Tale in Baden-Württemberg is another milestone in the construction of the Stuttgart-Wendlingen-Ulm railway line. The Bossler Tunnel is part of the Stuttgart-Ulm railway project and is expected to go into operation in 2022.
Construction of the two tubes was carried out differently than initially planned. The TBM (Ø 11,340 mm) was able to excavate almost the entire route. At up to 38 meters per day, the work progressed extremely quickly.

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Successful Reuse of AVN Microtunnelling Machine in France

 

In the little French town of Plobsheim near Strasbourg, a joint venture consisting of the contractors Valentin and SMCE Réha has modernized the municipal drinking water system. Several pipe jacking drives were carried out using an AVN1200 microtunnelling machine. The longest section runs through groundwater in a noncohesive geology and crosses under a busy highway. Since the beginning of 2018 the Plobsheim well has been connected to the urban grid.

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SMT Scharf and Mühlhäuser found strategic Partnership in Tunnel Market

SMT Scharf GmbH, Hamm, a wholly-owned subsidiary of SMT Scharf AG (WKN 575198, ISIN DE0005751986), has concluded a cooperation agreement with Mühlhäuser GmbH of Freienbach, Switzerland. Exclusive marketing and sales by Mühlhäuser of a jointly developed logistics solution for tunnel applications worldwide forms the core of the strategic partnership.

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Crossrail - Crossscience: DNA of Bacteria responsible for London Great Plague of 1665 identified for first Time

Scientific analysis of skeletons excavated as part of the Crossrail programme has identified the DNA of the bacteria responsible for the 1665 Great Plague.

The discovery comes following a year-long study of skeletons found in a mass grave within the New Churchyard, the burial ground excavated by Museum of London Archaeology (MOLA) during construction of the new Elizabeth line station at Liverpool Street in 2015.

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