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ITA Tunnelling Announces Short-List of 2015 Nominees

The best projects and engineering profiles will be presented to the jury of 18 experts during a one-day conference.

Wed October 21, 2015 - National Edition
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Thirty-two: That is the final number of nominees that will be running for the ITA Awards 2015, Nov. 19 in Hagerbach, Switzerland. The best projects and engineering profiles will be presented to the jury of 18 experts during a one-day conference. They will compete in the framework of 9 prize categories, from the major project of the year to the innovation of the year. The nominees’ selection process was tight, regarding the considerable number of entries (110 applicants, 105 projects finally recorded by the ITA). Three to eight nominees have been selected in each of the nine ITA Awards’ categories.

Major Project of the Year (More Than 500 Million Euros)

• Eurasia Tunnel Project — Turkey

• Futian Station of Guangzhou — Shenzhen — Hong King — China

• New York City’s Second Avenue Subway Project — USA

Tunnelling Project of the Year (From 50 to 500 Million Euros)

• 1st Phase of Low and Intermediate Level Radioactive Waste Disposal Facility Construction — South Korea

• Indianapolis Deep Rock Conveyance and Storage Tunnel Project — USA

• Lake Mead intake N°3 — USA

Outstanding Project of the Year (Up to 50 Million Euros)

• Grosvenor Decline Tunnels — Australia

• Norsbork Metro Depot — Sweden

• North Strathfield Rail Underpass — Australia

Technical Innovation of the Year

• An Innovative Vehicle-mounted GPR Technique for Fast and Efficient Monitoring of Tunnel Lining Structure Conditions

• Combination of techniques for immersed tunnel

• Development of the New Joint (SB Joint) for Shield Tunnels

• Monitoring tunnelling induced ground displacements using distributed fiber optic sensing

• New innovative system for layer thickness control on spray mobiles

• The evolution of the “Nazzano” method to widen tunnel without interrupting traffic flow

Environmental Initiative of the Year

• Brenner Base Tunnel/Isarco Undercrossing Lot — Italy

• Innovative Overhead Conveyor Belt for Urban Environmental Benefit — Qatar

• The Corribtunnel Project — tunnelling in environmentally sensitive area — Ireland

Safety Initiative of the Year

• MineARC Systems Compressed Air Management Solution

• Safety cabin of tunnelling drill

• Semi-Automatic Tubular Steel Arch : an innovation on safety

Innovative Use of Underground Space

• Reviving burial in tunnel — Israel

• Sydney Opera House Vehicle Access and Pedestrian Safety (VAPS) project — Australia

• Toledo Metro Station on Line 1 in Naples — Italy

Young Tunneller of the Year

• Philip Duarte

• Petros Fortsakis

• Jurij Karlovsek

• Liu Hao

• Sindre Log

• Ryan McCarron

• Angelo Palma Filho Eloi

• Ponciano Perez Lupi

“The jury had to select the most innovative candidates in each categories. Regarding the success of the ITA Tunnelling Awards and the quality of the entries, it was quite a difficult task to achieve, yet very stimulating and challenging. The field of tunnels and underground spaces is in constant evolution; technical innovations are numerous. The ITA Tunnelling Awards are to detect such ’treasures’, in a context of climate and demographic emergency. With more than 66 percent of the global population living in cities in 2050, and regular floods caused by the global warming, the tunnels’ engineering has got a strategic role to play in the construction of sustainable urban areas,” ITA’s president Soren Degn Eskesen said.

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