Hawaii’s first major tunnelling project was among the winners at the New Civil Engineer Tunnelling Awards 2017 in central London yesterday.
Comments this year from the judges ranged from “determination to leave a legacy that will challenge and set a high bar for those that follow” to “the use of bespoke equipment and logistics signals the unique challenges faced by the tunnelling team” and “this project demonstrates an extensive research programme and dedication to find an improved solution to probably one of the greatest challenges for TBM soft ground transport tunnels”.
Among the winners, Southland Holdings won the award for outstanding contribution to a project for its Jollyville transmission main tunnel project.
Pictured is Dragages Hong Kong winner of this year’s Global Tunnelling Team of the Year award
The Winners 2017
Community Engagement Award
Winner: Skilling our Communities for the Future - Tideway
Judges’ comment - Tideway presented clear evidence of a step change in community engagement and a determination to leave a legacy that will challenge and set a high bar for those who follow. Their approach represents an industry change in community engagement and investment.
Highly commended: Klang Valley Mass Rapid Transit Sungai Buloh - Kajang Line (KVMRT SBK LINE) - Underground Work Package - MMC Gamuda KVMRT
Contractor Innovation of the Year
Winner: Pipe-jacking TBM Method for Construction of Cross Passage - Dragages-Bouygues Joint Venture
Judges’ comment - Demonstrates an extensive research programme and dedication to find an improved solution to probably one of the greatest challenges for TBM soft ground transport tunnels. The cross passage construction technique is a step change in the approach rather than just an incremental change in methodologies.
Highly commended: WestConnex M4 East Walking Scrubber - M4 East
Designer Innovation of the Year
Winner: MTRC Contract 1128 SOV to Admiralty Tunnels - Dragages-Bouygues Joint Venture
Judges’ comment - The judges were very impressed with the innovation demonstrated with the use of the star wheel and prestressed launch frame. They demonstrated a broad understanding and capability in value engineering which delivered huge benefits for the end user. The presentation was given with passion, enthusiasm and demonstrated a depth of knowledge and expertise.
Geotechnical Specialist Innovation of the Year
Winner: Bolaños Tunnel - FCC Construcción
Judges’ comment - This innovative use of dual component foams in three different processes to overcome collapsed material in the tunnel construction, enabled this 7km rock TBM tunnel to be constructed within schedule and budget. Development of this innovation in collaboration with the client, and the carbon savings achieved, help make this entry the judges’ choice.
Global Tunnelling Team of the Year
Winner: Liantang Contract 2 - Dragages Hong Kong
Judges’ comment - This huge, high-achieving dynamic team of expert engineers, managers and site staff have brought diverse and extensive experience together to deliver a complex scheme involving the longest road tunnel in Hong Kong. The U-turn of the 14m diameter TBM in an underground cavern, and an excellent safety record tipped the balance for the judges of this category.
Health, Safety and Wellbeing Initiative of the Year
Winner: Employer Project Induction Centre (EPIC) - Tideway, in partnership with Active Training Team (ATT)
Judges’ comment - Ground-breaking customer led health and safety initiative which has already had a demonstrable impact on health and safety for the project and which in the view of the judges should be adopted by other large customers. The project challenges all participants to undergo a behavioural change and recognises the need for continuing support and evolution.
Highly commended: Bank Station Capacity Upgrade - Dr Sauer & Partners, Dragados and London Underground
Outstanding Contribution to a Project
Winner: Jollyville Transmission Main Tunnel - Southland Holdings
Judges’ comment - This project involved constructing three long and deep water tunnels simultaneously, in karstic rock. The team met stringent environmental habitat constraints by tunnelling long distances without drop shafts, and an excellent public outreach programme dealt with considerable local opposition. A bespoke and impressive system for transporting the pipes enabled 1200ft of pipe to be installed each day. Achieving all this with an award-winning safety record was the icing on the cake.
Specialist Tunnelling Project of the Year
Winner: Elan Valley Aqueduct (EVA) Rehabilitation Project - BNM Alliance
Judges’ comment - This project involved the construction of three tunnels to replace a strategically important water supply aqueduct system. A sustainable solution, attention to the needs of the local community and attention to construction logistics by the Alliance JV resulted in a project that delivered benefits for client, local community and consumers alike.
Technology Innovation of the Year
Winner: THALIA Simulator - Bouygues Travaux Publics
Judges’ comment - This innovation introduces formalised training in TBM operations in the safe environment of a simulator. It is being used to increase skills both within the company and also across the industry. This application of digital technology to tunnelling training is a big step forward. The Judge’s were also impressed by the commitment to improving diversity in the workplace and providing formally recognised qualifications for operatives.
Highly commended: Pipe-jacking TBM Method for Construction of Cross Passage - Dragages-Bouygues Joint Venture
Tunnelling Project of the Year (over $150m)
Winner: Kaneohe/Kailua Sewer Tunnel Project - Southland Holdings
Judges’ comment - The first tunnel project of its type in Hawaii (on the island of Oahu) including several ground treatment and support methodologies in difficult water bearing ground conditions. The interface and expectations of the immediate community were a major feature for the project team to manage including training and employing local people. Given the sensitivities of caring for the island heritage including noise control the Mayor of the community praised the construction of the project for its minimal impact ,and ensuring public health and environmental sustainability for generations to come.
Highly commended: Crossrail C510 Whitechapel Station Platform Tunnels - UnPS
Tunnelling Project of the Year (up to $150m)
Winner: South Stream - Microtunnel Shore Crossing in Russia - Ed Zueblin AG / Strabag
Judges’ comment - The technical complexities of the project included varying soft ground and rock squeezing conditions influenced by the challenging topographical coastal location. In this highly seismic region the TBM was remotely controlled using state of the art video and communication technology. The vertical alignment involved a drop in elevation of 110m over 1.5km – one of the steepest descents encountered in tunnelling. Emerging 30m below the sea the TBM was removed using an integrated lug system thus reducing diving operations. The use of bespoke equipment and logistics signals the unique challenges faced by the tunnelling team.
UK Tunnelling Team of the Year
Winner: Bank Station Capacity Upgrade - Dr Sauer & Partners, Dragados and London Underground
Judges’ comment - The client was proactive in promoting the value of teamwork to deliver this project from the outset. The active collaboration of all tunnel team members including the workforce enabled them to challenge all preconceptions in tunnel building. A strong diverse group of young engineers helped to drive efficient and safe construction solutions and this was evident in the submission .Several design innovations have resulted as a consequence of the team culture and as the project moves into construction this should bring further benefits regarding the wellbeing of the workforce and productivity.
Highly commended: Northern Line Extension - Ferrovial Agroman Laing O’Rourke JV, OTB and London Underground
Young Tunneller of the Year
Winner: Morgan Oleron - Bouygues Travaux Publics
Judges’ comment - It is evident that Morgan is a high calibre engineer, demonstrated through his involvement in projects in the USA and latterly Hong Kong where he is leading the construction of internal structures for the 4km Tuen Mun –Chep Lap Kok subsea tunnel. His employer has recognised his talents and recent promotions reflect his capacity to lead and manage construction teams where technology led solutions are key to production and progress efficiencies. He became key to the development of the mechanised cross passage construction technique of the project. He has a bright future and shows all the attributes of young tunneller of the year.
Highly commended: Nicolas Ballu - Dragages Hong Kong
Client of the Year (as voted for by New Civil Engineer readers)
Supplier of the Year (as voted for by New Civil Engineer readers)