The ITA Tunnelling Awards 2016: The list of finalists disclosed

Lausanne, 25th of July, 2016.- On November 10th and 11th 2016, the International Tunnelling and Underground Space Association is presenting the second edition of its ITA Tunnelling Awards. This international competition recognizes and rewards the most ground-breaking achievements and innovations in underground infrastructure worldwide.


Following a very successful 2015 edition, participation has been highly competitive this year, with 98 entries from 25 countries competing for awards in nine categories. The 17-strong expert judging panel, chaired by the ITA President Tarcisio Celestino, concluded the review of entries last week. Based on their detailed evaluation, 33 entries have been

selected as finalists and will participate in the second evaluation stage to determine winners.


33 remarkable finalists entries:


After careful consideration of all 98 entries, the judges of the ITA Tunnelling Awards identified the most remarkable contributions from around the world:


For the category Major Project of the Year with a budget over 500 M€:


– Klang Valley Mass Rapid Transit (Kvmrt), Tunnelling Works” -Malaysia

– The New Guanjiao Tunnel on Qinghai-Tibet Railway – China

– Singapore Power Cross-Island Cable Tunnel Project – Singapore

– Central – Wan Chai Bypass and Island Eastern Corridor Link – Causeway Bay

Typhoon Shelter Section (HY/2009/15) – Hong-Kong – China


For the category Tunnelling project of the year with a budget between 50 and 500



– Downtown Line Stage 3 Contract 937 Construction of Fort Canning Station and

Tunnels in Singapore – Singapore

– Venda Nova III Repowering Project – Portugal

– Urban Rail Transit Line 9 Tunnel and Underground Engineering in Shenzhen City

– China


For the category Outstanding project of the year with a budget up to 50M €:


– Tunnel for Xinzhuang Station-Jimingsi Station of Nanjing Metro Line 3 – China

– The Stigberg Garage – Sweden

– Chongqing Hongqihegou metro station – China


For the category Renovation-Upgrading project of the year:


– Vauxhall Station Upgrade Project – UK

– ECOMINT/Tectoproof CA – Rive de Gier Tunnel – France

– ION Orchard Link – Upgrading of Underground Link between Orchard MRT and

Tang Plaza – Singapore


For the category Technical Innovation of the year:


– Sprayed concrete linings waterproofed with sprayed bonded membranes –


– Large diameter shield tunnelling in pure sands with hybrid EPB shield

technology – Brazil

– Uphill Excavator – UK

– Automatic Inspection Vehicle (AIV) for Singapore North South, East West Cable

Tunnel – Singapore

– Sandvik geoSURE – realtime on-board rock mass analysis system – Finland


For the category Environmental Initiative of the year:


– The Emscher Project – Back to Nature! – Germany

– Underground Waste Deposit Consept, Boliden Odda – Norway

– Stendafjellet Rock Quarry and Underground Waste Disposal Site – Norway


For Safety initiative of the year:


– The TunnelSAFE Multi Service Vehicle Refuge Chamber – Australia

– Total Safety Management Framework – Singapore

– ABSIS (Activity Based Safety Improvement System) – Singapore


For the category Innovative use of underground space:


– Jurong Rock Caverns – Singapore

– Underground Waste Depositing at Odda – Norway

– Stendafjellet Rock Quarry and Underground Waste Disposal Site – Norway


For the category Young Tunneller of the year:


– Marlísio Oliveira Cecílio Junior – Brazil

– Mehdi Bakhshi – USA

– Derek Eng – Malaysia

– Oh Jinnie – Singapore

– Jiang Chao – China

– Senthilnath G.T – Singapore


The ITA Tunnelling Awards in Singapore:


In addition to the November 11th one-day ITA Tunnelling Awards Conference and Banquet Dinner, organized by the ITA , during which the awards will be presented, a one-day Symposium on underground development and technology, featuring 8 outstanding keynote lectures, is organized on November 10th by the Tunnelling and Underground Construction Society, Singapore (TUCSS).


At the crossroads of technology and sustainability, this symposium will focus on reinventing urban planning, anticipating urban expansion and building cities of the future through combining mechanization and renewable resources. These lectures will provide a unique forum to discover, share and learn about state-of-the-art developments and latest initiatives from all over the world.


The symposium, conference, and banquet, will take place at the Marina Bay Sands Hotel and Conference Centre.


About the International Tunnelling and Underground Space Association:

The International Tunnelling and Underground Space Association (ITA) is a non -profit and nongovernmental international organization, which promotes the use of underground space for a solution to sustainable development. Founded in 1974 and operating out of Lausanne, Switzerland, ITA currently associates 73 Member Nations, 300 affiliated members, 17 Prime Sponsors and 60 supporters., as well as individual members.






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