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IN BRIEF

Lovat machine for Croydon job

Lovat is providing a tunnel boring machine for building the 10km Croydon cable tunnel for the National Grid that is expected to start on site early next year. Lovat will design and build the 3.6m diameter Lovat RME140SE TBM. The machine will have an earth pressure balance up to 250kN/m 2. It will tunnel through local upper chalk with flint and mixed gravel. The machine will be delivered in January 2007.

Multi-million pound wastewater contract win

Consultant Black and Veatch and contractor Costain have won a £66M contract for the Margate and Broadstairs wastewater treatment scheme in Kent for client Southern Water. The contract includes upgrade of pumping stations, a 600m sea outfall and 24km of new pipelines.

WSP strengthens environmental arm

WSP last month acquired US consultant Environmental Strategies Consulting (ESC) to add to its capability in the environmental sector. ESC is an environmental consulting and remediation business based in Reston, Virginia.

New initiative for GE students

Geotechnical engineering students have been given free access to Autodesk software products through the Student Engineering and Design Community. More than 6000 students at accredited universities worldwide have already signed up.

Free downloads can be found at http: //students. autodesk. com

Jubile River defence dispute settled

The Environment Agency last month reached a £2.75M out of court settlement with scheme designer Lewin Fryer and Partners towards repair and improvement work of the failed Jubilee River flood defence channel in Berkshire. The flood defence suffered severe damage when used for the first and only time in January 2003.

Corrections to the 2006 Geotechnical Services File

The details for Surface Wave Surveys were incorrectly listed.

Correct contact numbers are telephone 01455 290 013 and fax 01455 290 013.

Principal areas of work are nonintrusive measurement of seismic shear wave velocity and soil stiffness on construction sites.

And. . .

The contact for Whitbybird was also incorrectly listed. The correct email address is Mohsen.Vaziri@whitbybird. com

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