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Shortlisted projects for 2018 ITA Awards 02 Aug 2018

ITA-AITES News Release

Shortlisted projects and developments for the 2018 ITA Awards have been announced. A total of 35 projects have been recognised as outstanding in their field and chosen as finalists. The winners of each category will be announced during a special one day event dedicated to the presentation of the projects and followed by a banquet incorporating the ITA awards ceremony.

Finalists for each of the nine award categories represent countries, projects, developments and achievements from across the globe.

TBM turning for second drive in Liantang, Hong Kong
TBM turning for second drive in Liantang, Hong Kong
Early breakthrough at Jilin Yinsong
Early breakthrough at Jilin Yinsong
Winners of the 2017 ITA Awards
Winners of the 2017 ITA Awards

Major Project of the Year of more than €500 million

  • The West Qinling Tunnel on Lanzhou-Chongqing Railway (China)
  • Liantang / Heung Yuen Wai Boundary Control Point Site Formation and Infrastructure Works (Hong Kong, China)
  • The Immersed Tunnel of Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge Link (China)
  • China's Mega Water Project: Jilin Yinsong Water Supply (China)

Project of the Year of between €50 million and €500 million

  • The Queershan Tunnel on National Road 317 (China)
  • Gongbei tunnel of the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau bridge (China)
  • Foshan Dongping Tunnel (China)
  • Vamma 12 Hydropower Project(Norway)

Project of the Year including Renovation of up to €50 million

  • Zarbalizadeh Shallow Tunnel Construction underneath the Operating Railways (Iran)
  • Kaikoura Earthquake Recovery Main North Line Tunnels (New Zealand)
  • Trenchless tunnel construction of Bukit Panjang MRT entrance and underpass (Singapore)
  • Maroggia Railway Tunnel (Switzerland)

Technical Innovation Project of the year

  • TBM Entry Works Under Sea Level Near Istanbul Bosphorus (Turkey)
  • A Mechanized Method with Large Section Horseshoe Shape EPB-TBM First Applied in Loess Mountain Tunnel (China)
  • Velstertunnel Project; Integrated BIM for failure free retrofitting of a motorway tunnel: innovation creates a fixed link between contractor and stakeholders (Netherlands)

Technical Innovation Product or Equipment of the Year

  • FlatMesh Wireless System (UK)
  • Multifunctional Energy-Storage and Luminescent Material for Sustainable and Energy-saving Lighting for Tunnels (China)
  • Innovative Backfill Grout for dilative Soils (Germany)
  • An Innovative Hard-rock TBM-mounted System for Geological Forward- prospecting (China)

Safety Initiative of the Year

  • MineARC’s Aura-FX Digital Gas Monitoring Technology (Australia)
  • Site formation and infrastructure works for development of Anderson Road Quarry (Hong-Kong, China)
  • ROBY 850 - Semi-Automatic Drilling Robot (Hong Kong-China)
  • Excavation of a tunnel with traditional methods, through rocks containing natural asbestos, safeguarding the health and safety of workers and preserving the external environment (Italy)

Innovative Underground Space Concept of the year

  • Underground pedestrian passage under Heiniucheng Road in the New Badali area (new eight upscale communities) in Tianjin (China)
  • Norwegian Rock Blasting Museum (Norway)
  • Ecological civilization construction and intensive land use of metro project (China)

Young Tunneller of the Year

  • He YingDao (China)
  • Jack Muir (New Zealand)
  • Senthilnath G T (India)
  • Giuseppe M. Gaspari (Italy)
  • Fredrikke S G Syversen (Norway)
  • Mandy Ang (Malaysia)
  • Morteza Javadi (Iran)

After a successful conference in Paris last year, the ITA Tunnelling Awards returns to Asia and takes place in Chuzhou-China, a meaningful location for underground space as China will soon represent 50% of the global market in terms of output (€37 billion per year).

Together with the development of large cities, new metro systems could be built in more than 50 cities. Demographic growth and urbanization will also require the interconnection of urban areas and construction of high-speed railway lines and highways.

Since the first edition in 2015, the first three editions of the ITA Tunnelling Awards has had more than 750 attendees and 234 candidacies.



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