ACCOLADES AND AWARDS Prizes for international tunnelling achievements Nov 2013
TunnelTalk reporting
A glitzy event at the Grosvenor House Hotel in Park Lane, London, was the venue for the fourth presentation of International Tunnelling Awards to projects and developments judged the best and most worthy from across various categories representing the tunnelling industry as a global whole and as sponsored by the ITA, International Tunnelling and Underground Space Association.
A major winner of the lunch time awards ceremony was the Sparvo twin tube highway tunnel project in Italy. Excavated by one of the largest TBMs in the world, the project was the winner of three categories: Tunnelling Project of the Year (up to US$500 million); Autostrade per l'Italia, the project's client, as Tunnelling Client of the Year; and its construction contractor, TOTO Construzioni Generali as Tunnelling Contractor of the Year.
  • Sparvo takes three category firsts

    Sparvo takes three category firsts

  • Legacy Way project team accepts the top prize

    Legacy Way project team accepts the top prize

The award for the Major Tunnelling Project of the Year of more than US$500 million was presented to the Transcity JV for its Legacy Way highway tunnel project in Brisbane, Australia.
Tunnelling Design Firm of the Year - CH2MHill-Halcrow

Tunnelling Design Firm of the Year - CH2MHill-Halcrow

Another major winner of the day was the consulting firm Halcrow and its parent group CH2MHill. The company took first place in the categories for Environmental Initiative of the Year for the London Power Tunnels in association with National Grid, Costain, Skanska, VVB, Arup and Mott MacDonald; Technical Innovation of the Year with Traylor Bros for the design and construction of the shafts associated with the Blue Plains CSO tunnel project in Washington DC, USA; and Tunnelling Design Firm of the Year.
The prestigious ITA Lifetime Achievement in Tunnelling award was presented to Mohamed Elhosseiny Abdel Salam of Egypt for his stewardship of the Egypt Tunnelling Society since its start in the early 1970s, his work and continuing support of the Cairo Metro development and of the tunnelling industry in Egypt, and his long association as the representative of member nation Egypt on the ITA General Assembly. Unable to be in London to receive his award, a special presentation is planned at the ITA sponsored Arabian Tunnelling Conference in Dubai where Mohamed is due to attend. Many congratulations are extended to Mohamed for this well deserved recognition.

Mohamed Abdel Salam of Egypt, ITA Lifetime Achievement Award recipient, at the 1986 ITA General Assembly in Florence, Italy; visiting the Channel Tunnel works in 1995; and at the 1999 ITA Tunnel Congress in Cairo

The full list of nominations for each award category and the winner in bold is as follows:
Environmental Initiative of the Year
• Bruel & Kjaer, Noise Sentinel Noise Management at London Crossrail
• Hatch Mott MacDonald, Euclid Creek Tunnel and Project Clean Lake
WINNER: National Grid, Costain, Skanska, Halcrow, VVB, Arup and Mott MacDonald working in partnership
   on the London Power Tunnels Project
Ground Investigation and Monitoring Award
• Arcadis CZ - Inset Consortium, Monitoring on Prague Metro Line A Extension
• BFK (Bam Ferrovial Kier), Settlement Control: C300-C410 Crossrail Western Tunnels, Bond Street and Tottenham
   Court Road Stations
• Bouygues Civil Works Florida, Port Miami Tunnel
• Geodata Group, Cityringen Copenhagen - Kronos Monitoring Database
• Geotechnical Observations and Measurand, Shape Accel Array Displacement Monitoring System
• Getec, gtcVisual Monitoring Solutions
WINNER: Ramboll Arup JV, Fehmarnbelt Fixed Link, Geotechnical Services
• Strukton Civiel, Metro Station Amsterdam Central Station North-South Line
Innovative Use of BIM/Design Software
• Arup, Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport Pedestrian Tunnel
• IQSoft, Terramove
WINNER: Parsons Brinckerhoff, Alaskan Way Viaduct Replacement Program
Product or Equipment Innovation of the Year
• Atlas Copco Craelius AB, Unigrout Max 244C
• BFK (Bam Ferrovial Kier), Hydrostatic Levelling Cells: C300-C410 Crossrail Western Tunnels, Bond Street and
   Tottenham Court Road Stations
• BFK (Bam Ferrovial Kier), Use of Shape Accel Arrays: C300-C410 Crossrail Western Tunnels, Bond Street and
   Tottenham Court Road Stations
WINNER: CSM BESSAC - Bouygues, Tunnel Dismantling Machine - Hong Kong - Extension of the West Island
   Line - Package 703

• Karadeniz Technical University, Rock Bolt Corrosion Prevention: Coating with Thermoset Polymers
• London Bridge Associates, TIM (Tunnel Information Management)
• Senceive & London Underground / Tubelines, Jubilee Line Tunnel Lining Replacement: Senceive Wireless
   Monitoring System
• University of Cambridge, Instrumented Tunnel Segments for Performance Based Design
Safety Initiative of the Year
• Kapsch TrafficCom AG, AlVis (Alert Visualisation)
WINNER: MineARC Systems, Emergency Refuge Chambers
• SDS - Safety Design Strategies, Toronto-York Spadina Subway Extension
Specialist Tunnelling Project of the Year
• I.CO.P.S.P.A, Muharraq Sewerage Treatment Plant & Sewer Conveyance Project: Deep Gravity Sewer
   (DGS) - DN1800
• Mott MacDonald, Marina Coastal Expressway, Singapore
WINNER: Strukton Civiel, Metro Station Amsterdam North-South Line
Technical Innovation of the Year
• Elasto Plastic Concrete, Vc Zenica Sarajevo Mostar Motorway Tunnels
• J. Murphy & Sons, Preston Tunnel - Western River Crossing
• Leighton John Holland JV, SIL(E) - 904 Lei Tung Station, South Horizon Station & Tunnels
• McNally Construction, Coxwell Bypass Sewer
• Senceive & London Underground / Tubelines, Jubilee Line Tunnel Lining Replacement: Senceive Wireless
   Monitoring System
• SWS Engineering S.p.A, Compensation Grouting Manager - Data Integration for Safe Excavation
WINNER: Traylor Bros. and CH2MHill Halcrow, Blue Plains Tunnel: Shaft Design and Construction
• Centre for Smart Infrastructure & Construction (University of Cambridge), Costain Group and National Grid,
   Embedded Fibre-Optic Instrumentation in Tunnel Segments for Performance-Based Design
Tunnelling Project of the Year (up to $500M)
• CH2M Hill Halcrow, Diftah to Khor Fakkan Road and Tunnels Project
• Hatch Mott MacDonald, MTA's Eastside Access Contract CQ039 - Northern Boulevard Crossing
• Leighton Contractors, Hills M2 Upgrade
• Michels/Jay Dee/Coluccio JV, San Francisco Bay Tunnel
• Mott MacDonald, Singapore Downtown Line
• Strukton Civiel, Metro Station Amsterdam Central Station North/South Line
WINNER: Sparvo Tunnel Project on the Variante di Valico A1 Motorway; TOTO Costruzioni Generali, Italy
Major Tunnelling Project of the Year (over $500M)
• Atkins, West Island Line - Consultancy Agreement C703 - SYP and UNV Stations and SHW to KET Tunnels
• Bouygues Civil Works Florida, Port Miami Tunnel
WINNER: Transcity JV, Legacy Way Tunnel, Brisbane, Australia
Young Tunneller of the Year
• Chris Ashton, J. Murphy & Sons
• Carlos Bosma, Strukton Civiel
• Richard Brierley, Mott MacDonald
WINNER: Michael P. Cash, Southland Contracting and Tutor Perini JV
• Danny Cheng Chin Keong, I.CO.P.S.P.A.
• Ivan Lee, Atkins
• Damian McGirr, Donaldson Associates
• Alun Thomas, Ramboll
Tunnel Design Firm of the Year - chosen from the short listed entrants above
• CH2MHill Halcrow
Tunnelling Contractor of the Year - chosen from the short listed entrants above
• TOTO Costruzioni Generali, Italy
Tunnelling Client of the Year - chosen from the short listed entrants above
• Autostrade per l'Italia for the Sparvo highway tunnel project
ITA Lifetime Achievement Award
• Mohamed Elhosseiny Abdel Salam, Egyptian Tunnelling Society
The awards in recognition of excellence in tunnelling are again planned for 2014, and nominations are being prepared.
References
Significant breakthrough at Sparvo - TunnelTalk, July 2013
Final breakthrough for Brisbane traffic link - TunnelTalk, June 2013
Washington DC accelerates flood relief program - TunnelTalk, October 2013
ITA Lifetime Achievement accolades for Richard Lovat - TunnelTalk, December 2012

           

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