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April 27, 2021

By Gregg Tiedeman posted 05-13-2021 08:55 AM

UCA eNews - April 27, 2021

First In-Person Conference is in June; Reconnect at the Rapid Excavation and Tunneling Conference (RETC) in Las Vegas, NV.

Get ready to turn off the Zoom conference calls. Re-engage, re-focus and re-charge at the upcoming in-person RETC conference, June 13-16, 2021 in Las Vegas, NV. Join us for a full technical program, exhibit hall and networking opportunities — all held face-to-face with appropriate health and safety measures. Learn about top-of-mind industry issues, trends and innovations to help your career trajectory. Break away from the routine of the past year to network, engage and reignite your work.

Industry News

The Los Angeles County Sanitation Districts unveiled the Herrenknecht TBM that will be used to bore the tunnel of the $630 million underground Clearwater Tunneling project. The project will replace two aging wastewater pipes installed in 1937 and 1958. In June, the TBM will be lowered down a shaft, where it will be positioned to begin its 11-km (7-mile) underground journey below the streets of the South Bay and Harbor Area.

Featured Headlines:
Shortlist announced for Lower Thames Crossing Project.
Gateway Tunnel project will be a priority for Biden administration.
Ship Canal Water Storage TBM named for Seattle rock band.

"I am Never Bored at Work!"

Meet Maria Chastka, Project Engineer at Obayashi Corporation in this #WomenWhoTunnel feature. Find out more in an interview with Maria as she shares her day-to-day experiences as an engineer in the underground field. “I am hopeful that our industry continues to make strides in technological innovations, but more importantly, maintains the gradual shift of humanizing our workforce and encouraging individual strengths,” stated Maria.

UCA Scholarship Application Deadline is Approaching

Find support to further your education and launch a career in underground tunneling and construction. UCA offers three scholarships now accepting applications: RETC attendance scholarship, UCA Young Members Conference Scholarship and RETC Executive Committee Scholarship (academic support) today. Submit your application by May 7, 2021.

Calling all Shutterbugs!

This year’s theme: Tools for the Trade. UCA is holding its second annual Photo Contest! Submit your eye-catching photos of the tools you use during a hard day's work for an opportunity to win awesome prizes. Share your unique view of tunneling! Winners receive a cash prize, one year of UCA membership, and the chance to have your image showcased at the 2021 RETC in Las Vegas, Nevada. Submit up to three photos by Friday, April 30, 2021 to be considered in the competition.

Celebrating UCA Volunteers

We would like to extend our sincere appreciation to the UCA volunteers who help make our organization one of the world’s top societies. UCA volunteers:

     • create technical content for print and electronic resources
     • serve as local section and student chapter leaders
     • conduct community outreach
     • mentor students
     • and much more!

Learn More about Volunteering through UCA and SME.

ITACET Announces Online Lecture Series

ITACET will be hosting short lecture series on the second Tuesday of every month. The series is organized jointly by the ITACET Foundation, ITA-CET Committee and ITA. It will bring together top professionals from the ITA’s Working Groups and Committees, as well as industry representatives and project owners. The link to register each month will be on the ITACET Foundation website, on the ‘Forthcoming sessions’ page: and you’ll also find the link on the ITACET Foundation LinkedIn page and posts.

Other Industry News
A Look Inside a Crumbling Hudson River Rail Tunnel

With a new rail tunnel into New York probably years away, Amtrak is embarking on an aggressive and expensive program to fix a 110-year-old tunnel in the interim. At stake is the health of a crucial component of the New York region's aging and overburdened mass transit ecosystem: the North River rail tunnel that carries multitudes of commuters to and from Manhattan.

Other Industry News
An Unusual Tunneling Method – Simultaneous Pipejacks from a Single Shaft

Civil engineering contractor Barhale has lowered two Iseki 1200 TBMs into the same shaft on the North London Heat & Power project in Edmonton, UK, for simultaneous drives. They will complete two pipejacks of 122 metres and 210 metres to install two new 1200mm sewers. The new energy recovery facility at the Edmonton EcoPark will handle up to 700,000 tonnes of waste from the seven north London boroughs per year. It is expected to generate around 70 megawatts of electricity – enough to power around 127,000 homes.

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