Category: Events

Cutting Edge 2017

Event Name: Cutting Edge Conference
Dates: November 13-15, 2017
Location: Seattle, WA, USA
Venue: Renaissance Seattle Hotel 

Join The Robbins Company at the Sixth Annual Cutting Edge Conference: Advances in Tunneling Technology November 13-15, in Seattle, WA. Visit our booth to learn more about current techniques being used on Robbins projects throughout the world.

STUVA 2017

Event Name: STUVA Expo and Conference 
Dates: December 6-7, 2017
Location: Messe Stuttgart, Germany
Venue: Messe Stuttgart Trade Fair Centre

With an increasing rate of growth, STUVA-Expo will take place parallel to STUVA-Conference December 6-7 in Messe Stuttgart, Germany. The Robbins Company is looking forward to sharing information about current TBM projects operating world-wide at this ever-growing event.

RETC 2017

Event Name: RETC
Dates: June 4-7, 2017
Location: San Diego, CA
Venue: Manchester Grand Hyatt

The Robbins Company looks forward to seeing you at RETC 2017 in San Diego, California June 4 through 7. Stop by booth 601 in the Grand Ballroom to learn more about past successes and exciting current tunneling endeavors.

TBM DiGs 2017

Event Name: TBM DiGs 2017
Dates: November 20-22, 2017
Location: Wuhan, China
Venue: Chutian International Hotel

Following the success of the First International Conference on “Tunnel Boring Machines in Difficult Grounds” in Singapore in November 2015 and the ongoing second conference in this series in Istanbul Turkey in November 2016 (TBM DiGs 2016), the Third International Conference on “Tunnel Boring Machines in Difficult Grounds” (TBM DiGs 2017) will be held in Wuhan China in November 2017.


TBM Disc Cutters in the Field: Extreme Tunnel Conditions Inform the Latest Cutting Tool Advancements | Paper Author: Steve Smading

Extreme tunneling conditions call for the most robust TBM cutting tools possible—whether that includes hard and abrasive rock, long-distance tunnels of 15 km or more, or high water pressures.  This paper examines the use of disc cutters under extreme conditions and the design aspects making the difficult tunneling process possible. Resulting cutter design changes and more will be outlined in the presentation along with initial results from field and laboratory testing.

Australasian Tunnelling Conference 2017

Event Name: Australasian Tunnelling Conference 2017
Dates: October 30 – November 1, 2017
Location: Sydney, Australia
Venue: The Star

The Robbins Company will be attending the Australasian Tunnelling Conference in Sydney, AU. Be sure to visit us to learn more about Robbins TBMs operating world-wide.


Difficult Ground Solutions: A Methodology for Enhanced TBM Performance in Challenging Conditions | Paper Author: Doug Harding

In many rock projects, the occurrence of squeezing ground, high inrushes of water, blocky rock, and other challenges is a real possibility.  Today’s highly adaptable TBMs are capable of tackling these tough conditions using cutting-edge technology coupled with modern ground investigation methods. Difficult Ground Solutions (DGS)—a series of adaptable and customizable features for shielded TBMs—can reduce risk to contractors and owners while providing accurate ground investigation.  This paper covers difficult ground solutions informed by field experiences, the tools it takes to be successful in such conditions, and how they are applied. Example projects will be discussed from the U.S., Turkey, Nepal, and more.

WTC 2017

Event Name: WTC
Dates: June 9-16, 2017
Location: Bergen, Norway
Venue: Grieg Hall Conference Centre

The Robbins Company will be attending WTC 2017 in Bergen, Norway June 9 through 16. Be sure to visit us at booth Silver 8 between June 12 and 14  Kto learn more about Robbins TBMs operating world-wide.


ITACET Seminar: Hard Rock TBMs in Soft Ground and Dual Mode | Presenter: Brad Grothen

Difficult Ground Solutions (DGS): New TBM Solutions Carve a Path to Success | Paper presenter: Detlef Jordan

Low Cover EPB Tunnelling Beneath a Historic Monument on the Jaipur Metro | Paper presenter: Jim Clark and Chris Cooper (CEC)

Novel TBM for Hard Rock with Potential of High Water Inflows and Pressures | Poster session: Tyler Sandell

The TBM Return to Norway at Robbins Røssåga HEPP – TBM operation through extremely hard rock, kartic features and other challenges | Poster session: Sindre Log, Tobias Andersson and Dag Brox from Leonhard Nilsen og Sønner

Complimentary Webinar: Performance Under Pressure

Earth Pressure Balance Machines (EPBs) are by far the most widely used type of TBM in the tunneling world, but their proper design and use in varying geologies is not often discussed. Clay, sand, gravel, mixed face conditions and boulders each require unique EPB designs and expert operation. Whether that means utilizing abrasion resistant plating, heavy duty screw conveyors, or customized cutting tools, today’s EPBs are up for the challenge. With regards to operation, using the right RPM, the proper additives, and detailed monitoring can keep subsidence at a minimum and reduce downtime.

In this complimentary 60-minute webinar, Robbins Engineering Manager Brad Grothen and Robbins Chief EPB Engineer Shinichi Konda will explore how EPB TBMs work, their various designs, and real-world applications. They will draw from field data in multiple types of geologies to make informed recommendations on EPB design and operation. Areas for advancement will also be discussed”” including high tool wear and the ability to properly form a plug.

We invite you to submit your questions beforehand to to get a thoughtful and well-researched answer during the Q&A session at the end of the webinar.

Day: April 12, 2017
Time: 7 AM PDT/10 AM EDT/2 PM GMT

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ICUEE 2017

Event Name: ICUEE 2017
Dates: October 3-5, 2017
Location: Louisville, KY
Venue: Kentucky Exposition Center

The Robbins Company will be attending the International Construction & Utility Equipment Exposition (ICUEE) in Louisville, KY on October 3-5, 2017. Be sure to visit us at the Robbins booth to learn more about Robbins Small Boring Units operating world-wide.

Complimentary Webinar: Know What's Ahead of You

Your project has to keep moving forward, whether the challenge is high cover, squeezing ground, fault zones, or water inflows.  New ground investigation and treatment options can give you the tools to conquer what you face while maximizing TBM performance and safety.

In this complimentary 60-minute webinar, Robbins Chief Engineer Dennis Ofiara will discuss Difficult Ground Solutions (DGS)–a suite of options available for shielded hard rock and Crossover TBMs that can keep your machine moving in long tunnels, high cover, and challenging geological features. DGS is about visualization: A machine shield doesn’t have to obstruct your view of the ground around you. With a host of features like 360-degree, long distance probe drilling, convergence measuring sensors that alert operators to squeezing ground, and canopy drills for ground consolidation, you can stay a stroke ahead of your TBM operation.

We invite you to submit your questions beforehand to to get a thoughtful and well-researched answer from Dennis during the Q&A session at the end of the webinar.

Day: November 2, 2016
Time: 7 AM PDT/10 AM EDT/2 PM GMT

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Complimentary Webinar: What is the Total Cost of Owning a TBM?

Subject: What is the Total Cost of Owning a TBM?
Date: September 24, 2015
Time: 07:00 PST, 10:00 EST, 15:00 BST
Hosted By: Robbins
Register Now, Limited Spaces Available!

Tunnel Boring Machines exist today that have excavated over 50 km (31 mi) of tunnel, and have been in operation for nearly 50 years.  These workhorses have been built and rebuilt to satisfy requirements of various tunnels while their durable steel structure endures.

Today’s underground construction contractors often face a higher capital cost during the initial investment for a TBM, but what is the total cost of owning a TBM? Much more than the initial price tag must be taken into account: while a heavier TBM with durable steel structure may cost more initially, reusing it on multiple tunnels will ultimately result in substantial savings. Paying for a custom-designed machine often results in increased efficiency and faster advance rates, with the end result that the tunnel is completed on or even ahead of schedule.

In this complimentary 60-minute webinar, Robbins Vice President-Sales Doug Harding will explore the true cost of owning a TBM, considering the entire lifespan of the machine. He will draw on real project data and cost estimates to demonstrate that a machine designed for multiple tunnels will pay for itself over time.

We invite you to submit your questions beforehand to get a thoughtful and well-researched answer from Doug during the Q&A session at the end of the webinar.