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Smart solutions for the future billet high on the international tunnelling agenda

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Aurecon’s tunnel experts recently shared a wealth of local and global project experiences and knowledge at the 15th Australasian Tunnelling Conference held 17 – 19 September 2014 in Sydney, Australia.

Regarded as the Australasian tunnelling community’s preeminent knowledge sharing event, this year’s conference featured over 80 technical papers closely examining past and current projects, lessons learned and future solutions to the tunnelling industry.

Aurecon presenters from across Australia, New Zealand and Asia successfully presented five technical papers over the conferences comprehensive three day programme:

  • Protection of Tunnels in their Future Environment – Anthony Bennett
  • Use of Tunnel Boring Machines in the Mine EnvironmentDr Harry Asche and Diane Mather
  • Blasting Vibration Assessment and Innovative Blasting Methods in High-density Urban Environments – Jack Muir
  • Risk Management and use of a Geotechnical Baseline Report for a Competitive Alliance Procurement Process – Tom Ireland, Peter Spies (NZTA) Sumi Eratne (NZTA) and Bill Newn
  • A Transparent and Pragmatic Quantitative Risk Assessment Process for Existing Tunnels in New Zealand – Barry Wright (NZTA), Tom Ireland and Simon Weaver

“Australasian tunnelling has progressed to state of the art world class achievement where we use and pioneer the latest technologies. Aurecon is proud to be part of this progress” says Aurecon Tunnelling Expertise Leader Dr Harry Asche.

“While technology is aiding how we construct tunnels, the really exciting area is the way technology is allowing us to value-add to tunnel performance and management”, adds Anthony Bennett, Technical Director Transport Services at Aurecon.

“Our experts were thrilled to share the technologically-influenced forward thinking we are not only applying to current projects, but also how we are improving on those solutions to innovate for the future”, concludes Harry.

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