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Featured Blog | August 21, 2019

3 Ways to Bore More Efficiently in Extremely Hard Rock: Maximize your TBM Advance through Minimized Downtime

Given the clear risks of excavating massive, hard rock, how can tunnellers set themselves up for the best possible chance of success?  The combination of knowledgeable personnel, properly designed equipment, and rigorous TBM operation and maintenance are [...]

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Given the clear risks of excavating massive, hard rock, how can tunnellers set themselves up for the best possible chance of success?  The combination of knowledgeable personnel, properly designed equipment, and rigorous TBM operation and maintenance are [...]

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Blog | April 29, 2019

A Bevy of Breakthroughs: The Robbins Jobsite Roundup Featuring 6 Epic Projects

Dozens of Robbins TBMs are normally in operation at any given time in countries around the world, but this month’s breakthrough extravaganza is exceptional. No less than six breakthroughs occurred during April 2019, and more are on the way.  We take a [...]

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Desiree Willis

Blog | January 29, 2019

A Brief History of Rapid Excavation in 7 Key Points

Rapid Excavation: It’s a term bandied about throughout our industry, but what does it mean? Speeding up a project schedule is not as straightforward as pushing a machine harder, working longer hours, or increasing your crew size. The issue is complex, a [...]

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Brad Grothen

Blog | November 26, 2018

Namaste Nepal: How I Learned to Live with Less and Appreciate Tunnels More

In Nepal, the greeting ‘Namaste’, while pressing both palms together in front of the chest, signifies both ‘hello’ and ‘goodbye’. It implies a circular concept of time that I rather like—I certainly think I will be coming back to this countr [...]

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Desiree Willis

Blog | September 18, 2018

Fueled by Vietnamese Coffee: My Epic Adventure at Thuong Kon Tum

In this firsthand account, Robbins Marketing Manager Nancy Yun describes her trek through Vietnam's scenic Kon Tum Province, to visit the Thuong Kon Tum Hydroelectric project currently located in the remote area. [...]

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Nancy Yun

Blog | July 24, 2018

What's Going On? A Worldwide Roundup of Robbins Jobsites

A periodic roundup of what’s going on in a picture-based blog–from assembly of a massive Slurry TBM in Japan, to machine assembly for India's Mumbai Metro to extremely hard rock encountered in Vietnam. Read on to found out the latest. [...]

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Desiree Willis

Blog | June 18, 2018

Let’s Be Clear: Transparency is a Boon, not a Bust, for the Tunneling Industry

The idea of transparency is one that we most often hear touted in politics and policies. Robbins President Lok Home discusses why transparency in tunneling is a help, not a hindrance, and how we can make steps today towards clearer communication. [...]

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Lok Home

Blog | May 29, 2018

Rescuing and Refurbishing TBMs: Experiences at Bangalore’s Namma Metro

TBM maintenance: it’s one of the most important factors predicting project success, but it is often glossed over.  Experience shows, however, that maintenance plays just as much a part in the excavation rates as the proper TBM design. Regular maintenan [...]

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Barrie Willis

Blog | April 16, 2018

9 Things to Consider When Choosing a TBM: A Checklist

Purchasing a Tunnel Boring Machine is no small consideration.  Many factors are equally important to the price, and they can mean the different between project success and significant downtime. Download our complimentary checklist to learn about the nine [...]

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Doug Harding

Blog | February 28, 2018

Are You in Tough Ground? Learn from our Trials and Tribulations in some of the Tunneling World’s Most Difficult Projects

What happens when you encounter an unforeseen condition? A severe water inflow, fault zone, or squeezing ground? Robbins President Lok Home discusses some of our most difficult challenges—spanning from New York to Peru to the Republic of Georgia— in t [...]

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Lok Home

Blog | January 16, 2018

Breakthroughs While Breaking Ground: The First TBM Conveyor

The prototype for the conveyor systems we know today was developed by James S. Robbins in 1963 and was built using a Goodman coal-mine conveyor instead of muck cars which were more commonly used during that period. The conveyor ran behind what was, at the [...]

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Sarah Crawford

Blog | November 22, 2017

What's Going On? A Quarterly Worldwide Jobsite Roundup

At any given time, Robbins TBMs are operating at dozens of jobsites around the world.  Our dedicated Field Service personnel take video and pictures of the TBM progress often, so we've decided to offer a quarterly roundup of what's going on in picture an [...]

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Desiree Willis

Blog | October 24, 2017

Boring the Blue Mountains: The Inside Story on the World’s Fastest TBM

Two decades have passed and the Robbins open-type TBM chosen to bore the Blue Mountains Sewer Transfer Project in Sydney, Australia is still considered to be the world’s fastest TBM. Read on to learn more about this record-breaking project. [...]

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Sarah Crawford