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Shanghai's Yangtze River Tunnel named tunnelling project of the year

Shanghai Tunnel Engineering and Rail Transit Design and Research Institute’s Yangtze River Tunnel in Shanghai, China has been named major tunnelling project of the year at NCE’s 2012 International Tunnelling Awards

The winners of the 2012 awards were announced at the prestigious Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel last night to an audience which included some of the biggest names in the industry.

The awards were organised by New Civil Engineer, Ground Engineering, the International Tunnelling and Underground Space Association (ITA-AITES) and the Tunnelling Association of Canada (TAC) and celebrated the most innovative and successful projects, companies and individuals from across the global tunnelling industry.

Martin Knights, former President of the ITA, described the night as an “established industry fixture which reminds us that the tunnelling industry is a global industry. The people in our industry are in big demand worldwide”.

The awards were hosted by New Civil Engineer editorial director, Antony Oliver and included a keynote speech from Councillor Karen Shintz, chair of the Toronto Transit Commission in front of an audience of the key players from five continents of the global industry. With the number and calibre of entries far exceeding our judges’ expectations, competition was fierce this year.

“Globally the tunnelling world is accelerating,” said Oliver. “Investment in new and upgraded public transport systems and in water, waste and energy projects are the key to kick-starting faltering economies but also the way to underpin and maintain growth as nations develop.

Full details of all the winning projects will be in the awards supplement, available to download here from Monday.

Register your interest for the next International Tunnelling Awards and make sure your best tunnelling projects get the recognition they deserve.

Winners 2012

Environmental Initiative of the Year

Winner: Mott MacDonald, The Western Regional Conveyance Tunnel, Croydon, UK

Product / Equipment Innovation of the Year

Winner: Halcrow Group, Bond Street Station Upgrade - Senceive Running Tunnel Monitoring System, London, UK

Safety Initiative of the Year

Winner: London Power Tunnels Joint Venture: Costain, Halcrow, Mott MacDonald, National Grid, Skanska and VVB, National Grid London Power Tunnels, Croydon, UK

Technical Innovation of the Year - Sponsored by BASF

Winner: SWS Engineering S.p.A , Using Expanded Clay as Back-Filler, Trento, Italy

Tunnel Design Firm of the Year - Sponsored by STEDI

Winner: Arup

Tunnelling Advisor / Programme Manager of the Year

Winner: HNTB, Devils Slide Tunnels, Missouri, USA

Tunnelling Contractor of the Year

Winner: John Holland , Northern Sewerage, Fortitude Valley, Queensland, Australia

Tunnelling Project of the Year (Between $100M and $1bn)

Winner: Traylor Bros, Queens Bored Tunnels East Side Access, California, USA

Tunnelling Project of the Year (Less than $100M)

Winner: Taylor Woodrow BAM Nuttall Joint Venture, Tottenham Court Road Station Upgrade, London, UK

Major Tunnelling Project of the Year (Over $1bn)

Winner: Shanghai Tunnel Engineering & Rail Transit Design and Research Institute, Yangtze River Tunnel, Shanghai, China

Young Tunneller of the Year

Winner: Hyder Consulting, Hong Kong, KO Kwong Yu (Kenneth)

Lifetime Achievement

Winner: Richard Lovat

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