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Deep below Mumbai, a Robbins 6.25 m (20.5 ft) diameter Main Beam TBM is excavating for the 8.3 km (5.2 mi) Mumbai Water Tunnel. The hard rock machine, for the joint venture contractor Unity-IVRCL, has been reaching impressive advance rates, including a recent record-breaking rate for tunneling in India. In October 2013, the TBM turned in 870.16 m (2,855 ft) in one month. Learn More
More than 100 m (328 ft) below austin, tx, a Robbins Main Beam saw its first light of day in a year. The 3.25 m (10.7 ft) Main Beam TBM excavated a portion of the 10.5 km (6.5 mi) Jollyville Transmission Main for the Southland/Mole JV. Learn More
As part of Brazil’s massive metro program, Metro Fortaleza will be the first to utilize Robbins TBMs in the country. Four 6.92 m (22.7 ft) Robbins Earth Pressure Balance Machines (EPBs) have been purchased for Line 3 of Fortaleza’s underground transit system. Learn More
A speedy machine in Indianapolis, Indiana, USA recently achieved a new victory in its long career: A world record advance in 24 hours. The record rate occurred on June 12, 2013 when the machine achieved 124.7 m (409 ft) of excavation in 24 hours. Learn More
On Friday May 24, the first of three Robbins EPBs excavating the Moscow Metro made its breakthrough. The TBM achieved a 37.8 m (124 ft) advance in one day at the end of April 2013—a milestone for Russian EPBs in the 6 to 7 m (20 to 23 ft) diameter range. Learn More
On April 23, a ship carrying the first of two Robbins mixed ground EPBs docked at San Francisco, USA’s pier 80. Robbins is providing the two 6.3 m (20.7 ft) diameter EPBs for the city’s newest rail route–the Central Subway. Learn More
The first of three 5.23 m (17.2 ft) Main Beam Robbins TBMs broke through at the Pahang Selangor Raw Water Tunnel on March 22, 2013 to a large ceremony of cheering onlookers. It was a moment worthy of celebration; the breakthrough is a significant step towards the completion of the longest tunnel in Southeast Asia. Learn More
After advancing up to 392 m (1,290 ft) per month, Robbins’ speedy Slurry TBM made a photo finish in China’s southernmost city. The 6.26 m (20.5 ft) diameter machine broke through at the end of 2012, and the pipeline is slated to become operational in March 2013. Learn More
A new Robbins office, opened in the last quarter of 2012, is providing coverage for Australia, New Guinea, New Zealand, and Indonesia. The office is based in Brisbane and headed by General Manager Martin Rauer, who has over 13 years of experience in the tunneling industry in both manufacturing and contracting firms. Learn More
On December 4, 2012, a steadfast Robbins TBM made its final breakthrough at Zurich, Switzerland’s Milchbuck Safety Tunnel. The TBM successfully excavated through 400 m (1,310 ft) of compact rock and 600 m (1,970 ft) of fractured zones with over-break. Learn More