Image courtesy of Amberg
The test gallery of VSH VersuchsStollen Hagerbach in Switzerland was a fabulous host for the first ITA International Tunnelling Awards 2015. The ITA identified nine categories of awards. Each finalist had 10 minutes to present their project.
The winner for Major Project of the Year (over 500million), which was won by the Eurasia Tunnel Project, connects the Asia and Europe by a 5.4km highway tunnel beneath the Bosphorus. The Tunnelling Project of the Year (between 50million and 500 million) winner was the 1st Phase of Low and Intermediate Level Radioactive Waste Disposal Facility Construction, which is capable of holding 800,000 drums of LILW.
The Outstanding Project of the Year (up to 50million) was won by the Norsborg Metro Depot, which is a development of the Stockholm Metro System. The Technical Innovation of the Year award went to the innovative vehicle-mounted GPR technique for fast and efficient monitoring of tunnel lining structure conditions, a non-contact, non-destructive testing tecnique. The Environmental Initiative of the Year winner was the Corribtunnel Project, which is a tunnel in an environmentally sensitive area.
The Safety Initiative of the Year award winner was the MineARC System compressed air management solution. The Innovative Use of Underground Space award went to the Toledo Metro Station on Line 1 in Naples. Young Tunneller of the Year was Karlovsek Jurij, Contractor of the Year was SALINI-IMPREGILO, and the Lifetime Achievement award went to Prof. Sebastiano Pelizza, recognising his long work in the industry.
Amberg Technologies and five further finalists were nominated for the category Innovation of the Year. After the conference all the participants were invited to the Amberg test gallery, where they were offered drinks and the opportunity to play some exciting games as part of the evenings entertainment.
It was a great opportunity for Amberg to present their newest solution for layer thickness control. The event was also a platform to meet customers and friends of the tunnelling industry.
Congratulations to all of the nominees and winners. We look forward to next year.
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