From the Field

Current news on projects worldwide


Robbins Photo Contest, Round Two: Win a Gold Hard Hat!

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Robbins Photo Contest: Win a Gold Hard Hat!

Where was this picture taken? Submit your answer and win a gold hard hat. The contest will be repeated quarterly. Learn More


Salamanders, Pseudo Scorpions, and Quartz Crystals: How my Recent Site Visit proved that TBM Tunneling is the Greenest Way to Go

What do these three things have in common? They all factor in to the environmentally friendly tunneling operations at the Jollyville Transmission Main in Austin, Texas, USA. Read on for more insights from our recent site visit. Learn More


There are Urgent Projects…and Then There’s Emisor Oriente

After visiting Mexico City’s Emisor Oriente Wastewater Tunnel, I realized something: there are urgent projects, and then there are URGENT PROJECTS. Túnel Emisor Oriente, often abbreviated to TEO by those involved, is the latter. Learn More


Adventure at West Qinling:Treacherous Roads, Spicy Food, and TBMs

A few months ago one of my colleagues and yours truly presented a two day seminar to the Dongah Geological Company of South Korea on Robbins Hard Rock TBMs. We decided to further develop our relationship with some on-site training at West Qinling. Read on to hear more about our whirlwind trip. Learn More

The launch of the veteran Robbins machine in Toronto, Canada

The Oldest Robbins TBM still in Action? We visit a jobsite in Canada that may be using the World’s Ultimate Workhorse TBM

In operation since 1968, a 2.7 m (8.8 ft) Robbins Main Beam machine currently operating in Ontario, Canada may be the world’s oldest Robbins TBM still in action. Learn More


Hunting Mouse: A lighthearted look at field service communications

Being in Field Service can have some interesting moments, particularly when working overseas and in countries where the English language might not be the first language. Read on for some lighthearted stories from TBM projects around the world. Learn More


A Day in the Tunnel

Robbins Field Service Superintendent Dave Fisher describes the daily process of excavation at China’s Chongqing Metro Tunnels, including a visit to the tunnel, TBM maintenance in underground stations, and more. Learn More