Steel augers reportedly from a piling operation at the ground surface broke through a railway tunnel in East London. Fortunately the train drivers noticed and reported the damage before any serious accident occurred. The busy First Capital Connect route was shut down for several days for an investigation and repairs. [Source: BBC News via ASCE SmartBrief. Image: BBC]
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Newport Bridge, Newport, R.I., much of the BART subway system and Boston’s Big Dig were among the numerous significant projects worked on by the late Thomas R. Kuesel. He was a well known civil engineer and tunneling expert, co-editor of the “Tunnel Engineering Handbook,” a standard reference for design and construction used worldwide. One of his most noteworthy tunneling projects was the NORAD Combat Operations Center beneath Cheyenne Mountain near Colorado Springs, built during the height of the Cold War and designed to withstand a nuclear blast. Read on for a full obituary chronicling his distinguished career.
Tunneling Business Magazine has a very nice cover story on Obayashi Corp, a well-known Tokyo, Japan-based mega-construction company with some impressive tunneling credentials. In their 30-years of working in the US, they were the first […]