Middle East metro project wins international tunneling award

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A view inside a Doha, Qatar, tunnel for the Middle East city's metro system.
French Association of Tunneling and Underground Space
PARIS — Since 2015, the international competition "the ITA Tunneling Awards" seeks and rewards the most groundbreaking international innovation and outstanding projects in tunneling and underground space utilization. The two first editions of the ITA Tunneling Awards received more than 200 entries and 64 nominations, rewarded 21 projects and personalities and gathered more than 450 attendees.

Through nine categories and one Lifetime Achievement Award, the ITA Tunneling Awards is becoming an international standard for tunneling projects. This edition, the event took place in Paris, November the 15th, during the congress of the French Association of Tunneling and Underground Space. After two days of congress and technical conferences.

• Major Project of the Year (more than 500 million Euros): Doha Metro - Qatar
• Tunnelling project of the year (50 to 500 million Euros): MTR Shatin to Central Link (SCL) – Hong Kong - China
• Project of the year – up to 50 million Euros: Fjærland Hydropower Plants-Norwa
• Technical Project Innovation Of The Year: Construction of bifurcation section of underground expressway underneath residential area in Yokohama (Japan)
• Technical Product/Equipment Innovation of the Year: Strength monitoring using thermal imaging – United Kingdom
• Sustainability Initiative of the Year: Anacostia River Tunnel Project - USA
• Safety Initiative of the Year: Telemach Cutterhead disc robotic changing system – Hong Kong - China
• Innovative Underground Space Concept of the Year: Cavern Master Plan – China, Hong-Kong
• Young Tunneller of the Year: Tobias Andersson – Norway
• The Lifetime Achievement Award: Prof. Einar Broch
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