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Featured Blog | September 18, 2017

The Changing Face of the Tunneling Industry: The Role of the ITA, Partnership, and Innovation

Where are the opportunities to innovate and trial new ideas by those best suited to introduce best and new practices? Industry consultant and former ITA president Martin Knights explores that question about the tunneling business, discussing history, the [...]

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Where are the opportunities to innovate and trial new ideas by those best suited to introduce best and new practices? Industry consultant and former ITA president Martin Knights explores that question about the tunneling business, discussing history, the [...]

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Blog | Aug 16, 2017

5 Things DGS can do for your TBM Operation in Difficult Ground

What is Difficult Ground Solutions (DGS) and how can it help your next TBM operation? Read on for a concise description of DGS--a suite of options to keep your shielded TBM moving in Difficult Ground. [...]

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Desiree Willis

Blog | Aug 01, 2017

What’s in a Name? Mixshield, Crossover, Hybrid and More

There is some confusion around the naming of various machine types in the industry. In particular, the names "Mixshield", "Hybrid" and the Robbins “Crossover”. Are they the same? If not, what is the difference? This blog seeks to clarify and explore t [...]

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Doug Harding

Blog | Jun 07, 2017

Rebuilt, Refurbished, Remanufactured: Designing a TBM to Live for Generations

This blog explores just what a “rebuilt” TBM is, and what that means to Robbins as a TBM manufacturer juxtaposed against the recent ITA guidelines for rebuilt machines.

 For Robbins, the term “rebuilt” describes any manner of creating a cust [...]

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Sindre Log

Blog | Jun 05, 2017

What’s New, What’s Next: TBM Equipment for the Mining Industry

TBMs have become well accepted in civil construction tunneling and excavate a high percentage of civil construction projects each year. But each year in the mining industry, far more kilometers of tunnels are excavated for mining purposes than for civil p [...]

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Dennis Ofiara

Blog | Jun 05, 2017

The Creation of the Crossover

While much has been written about Central Turkey’s Kargi Kizilirmak Hydroelectric Project, we interviewed Field Service personnel who were there working in the conditions every day to get the untold story behind the genesis of the versatile Crossover TB [...]

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The Robbins Company

Blog | Jun 05, 2017

Four Things You Need to Know about Probe Drilling and Pre-Grouting

While probe drilling and pre-grouting have a long and successful history in drill and blast applications, their adoption for TBM technology has been more tenuous. Here, we highlight four key things to know in order to get the most out of probe drilling a [...]

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Desiree Willis

Blog | Feb 20, 2017

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 favora [...]

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Lok Home

Blog | May 11, 2016

The Brenner Base Tunnel: A European Core Project

Learn about the unique aspects of Europe's extensive Brenner Base Tunnel project in this in-depth interview with Professor Konrad Bergmeister by freelance journalist Roland Herr. [...]

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Roland Herr

Blog | May 11, 2015

Beyond Boring: A Journalist's Fascination with Tunnelling

Those working in tunnelling understand that this is an industry more fascinating than any other. What is it about tunnelling that makes it so exciting to those in the field? Guest author Roland Herr shares his viewpoints and those of two industry experts [...]

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Roland Herr

Blog | Mar 31, 2015

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. [...]

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Lok Home

Blog | May 09, 2013

A Tradition of Innovation: The 2013 Muir Wood Lecture takes a cue from Robbins’ Long History

Find out about the genesis of modern tunnel boring machines, the precursor to EPBs and Slurry machines, and the next steps for our industry in Dick Robbins' upcoming Sir Alan Muir Wood lecture. [...]

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Desiree Willis

Blog | Jan 15, 2013

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. [...]

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Desiree Willis