ITA Tunnelling Awards 2022: The list of the finalists disclosed

ITA Tunnelling Awards 2022: The list of the finalists disclosed

The 8th edition of the ITA Tunnelling and Underground Space Awards returns this December 2022 in digital. Since 2015, the international competition seeks and rewards remarkable achievements in tunnelling and the underground industry. Organized by the International Tunnelling and Underground Space Association, the event both showcases the most ambitious underground projects all over the world as well as the latest innovations, techniques, and methods in tunnelling.

The novelty for this year is that the category dedicated to equipment has returned: Product/Equipment Innovation of the year.

Innovations, whether for a new product or new knowledge of an existing product, are at the heart of the tunnelling sector and address challenges of safety, cost-effectiveness, academic research and sustainable objectives.

Major Project of the Year (over €500M)

• Tamoios Highway – The construction of the largest road tunnel in Brazil (Brazil)
• CVB Tideway East (UK)
• Purple Line Extension, Section 1 (USA)

Project of the Year (between €50M and €500M)

• Subsea rock tunnels (Faroe Islands)
• Xiamen Metro Island-Xiang’an Cross-sea Tunnel (China)
• World’s first spiral excavation using H&V Shield Tunneling Method (Japan)
• Tiantaishan Tunnel Project of Baoji- Pingkan Highway (China)

Project of the Year incl. Renovation (up to €50M)

• Circle Line 6 Contract 885 – Construction of Prince Edward Road Station and Tunnels (Singapore)
• Underground Tunnel Project Passing through Taiyuan Railway Station (China)
• Guanyinyan Tunnel: An Urban Tunnel Project of the Unequal Span Four-arch Tunnel with two-way and Ten-lane (China)
• Huanping Road Project (China)

Technical Innovation of the Year

• Technology for Shallow Three-lane Extra-large-section Rectangular Pipe-jacking Tunnel (China)
• Unprecedented In-Tunnel Diameter Conversion of the Largest Hard Rock TBM in the U.S. (USA)
• Semi-continuous Advance for Single Shield TBMs using Centre of Thrust Technology (UK)
• Shield Tunnel of Super-Large Section Embedded In Soft-Hard Stratum at High Earthquake-Intensity Area (China)

Beyond Engineering

• Multi-pipe jacking Method for the Construction of the City-core Metro Station in Soft Soil Stratum (China)
• Urban Long Span Tunnel Construction Hazard Mitigation Technology and Application (China)

Product/Equipment Innovation of the Year

• Non-Circular Tunnel Boring in Hard Rock (Mexico)
• Integration of Robotics into the Construction Works of the Chuquicamata Underground Mining Site (Chile)
• Equipping the TBM with “Ears” — Real-time Tunnel Geological Prediction System for the TBM Based on Rock-boring Seismic Source’ (China)

Innovative Underground Space Use

• Innovative Application of Low-carbon and Energy-saving technology to Erlangshan Tunnel on Sichuan-Tibet Expressway-A Power-generating and Self-breathing Tunnel (China)
• Underground Transportation Complex in the Optics Valley Plaza (China)
• V-column Space of Shenzhen Huangmugang Transportation Hub (China)

Young Tunneller of the Year

• Cláudio Cabral Dias (Portugal)
• Erica Frederickson (USA)
• Feng Huanhuan (China)
• Han Chen (China)
• Lorenzo Peila (Italy)
• Rob Margariti Smith (UK)
• Sylvia De Vuyst (Norway)

More information on ITA Tunnelling and Underground Space Awards 2022 website:

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