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In Brief

WSP has been awarded over 0.4M by the High Court in respect of unpaid fees following a lengthy dispute with London Underground and cleared of allegations of negligent over- design for the Canning Town station contract on the Jubilee Line Extension in London.

Deep Foundations Institute's 1998 Outstanding Project Award has been won by Isherwood Associates and Deep Foundations Contractors for design and construction of the St Claire River Rail Tunnel in Michigan, USA.

Geotechnical and environmental consultant DTS Technology has acquired coastal, marine and inland waterway consultant Blackdown Consultants, which specialises in engineering and environmental sediment dynamics.

Manufacturer and contractor Sykes Pumps has set up a new company in Singapore, Sykes Pumps (Asia Pacific) Private. The company will become the headquarters for the whole Asia Pacific region and will provide hire, sale and service of the company's pumps and groundwater control systems.

Miller Civil Engineering has started tunnelling on Yorkshire Water's 200M HumberCare project. Two Lovat EPB machines are boring 10.5km of 3.6m diameter tunnel linking the sewerage systems of west and east Hull with a new wastewater treatment works at Saltend.

Environmental consultant MJ Carter Associates has been awarded the DETR contract to develop inspection strategies for Local Authorities to identify contaminated land under Part IIA of the Environmental Protection Act (1990) due to be introduced next year. The projects aims to provide a general method for preparing local authorities' written inspection strategies.

Kaeerner has appointed Kjell Almskog president and CEO, following the dismissal of Erik Tonseth in October (GE November 1998). He is currently executive vice president of ABB in Zurich, Switzerland and takes up the post from 1 January.

Sandvik Mining & Construction has merged two of its companies, Sandvik Mission DTH rock drilling tools and Driltech to form Driltech Mission. The company will serve the top drive rotary drill rig and down the hole product sectors.

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