Posts by Lok


Robbins President Lok Home examines changes in the risk-averse tunnel boring industry, and how recent projects and public figures like Musk may be ushering in a new era.

From Risk Aversion to Risk Reduction: How Elon Musk could usher in a New Era of Tunnel Boring

Elon Musk has said he is entering our business–the tunnel boring business. His assertion that advance rates can be improved in the industry with development money is one I agree with; however, our risk-averse industry has not historically set up a favorable climate for development. New projects starting up now, along with visionary public figures like Musk that are putting this issue in the spotlight, could change all of that. Read More


Bertha ship docks at the Port of Seattle

The Light at the End of the Tunnel: The Positive Side of Seattle’s SR99 Project

Seattle is the founding city of The Robbins Company, and a place where I lived for nearly 15 years and commuted on SR99 while working at Robbins early in my career. As such, the new SR99 Viaduct Replacement Tunnel Project is of great interest to me. The industry is all too familiar with Seattle’s SR99 […] Read More


Cutter changing at Pahang Selangor.

Research and Development: A Sneak Peek at the Next Generation of Disc Cutters

Robbins disc cutter advancements are accelerating, from pressure compensated disc cutters for soft ground TBMs to remote cutter monitoring. Read on for a snapshot of our latest R&D projects. Read More