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Featured Blog | November 19, 2020

Tunneling in Karst: Your Questions Answered

On November 18, 2020 we held a webinar on a unique recent project, France's Galerie des Janots. That event's question and answer session is detailed here, along with some new info and drawings on TBM tunneling in karst. [...]

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On November 18, 2020 we held a webinar on a unique recent project, France's Galerie des Janots. That event's question and answer session is detailed here, along with some new info and drawings on TBM tunneling in karst. [...]

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Blog | October 26, 2020

The Next Push: Robbins TBMs on the Move Around the Globe

Robbins machines continue to advance in 2020, from a proven Main Beam starting its fifth tunnel in Switzerland to a triumphant small diameter breakthrough in Norway to continued Crossover success in India. [...]

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Desiree Willis

Blog | June 24, 2020

To Grout or Not to Grout? In Rock Tunnels encountering High Water Pressure, Grouting can offer Great Benefits over Slurry

When you’re faced with a hard rock tunnel where there are expected significant sections under high water pressure, which tunneling method do you choose? While Slurry Shield tunneling has a long history of addressing this problem, this method has not alw [...]

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Lok Home

Blog | June 2, 2020

On the Move: Robbins TBMs Around the World

From an icy visit to the world's northernmost TBM to breakthroughs across the U.S. to a vast hydropower project on the verge of completion in China, we've got the latest updates from Robbins tunnels around the globe. [...]

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Desiree Willis

Blog | January 13, 2020

What it’s Like to Live at a Jobsite for a Year (or More): An Interview

Debbie Swival, Robbins Field Service Support, is no stranger to tunnel sites, having provided field service on TBMs worldwide. While her typical site stays are from six to eight weeks, she stayed at the Delaware Aqueduct Repair tunnel in Newburgh, NY, USA [...]

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Debbie Swival

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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Steve Smading

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