COWI Wins Engineering Deal for Massey Tunnel

COWI has been awarded a $15 million Province of British Columbia contract as the Owner’s Engineer for the George Massey Crossing Project.

Vancouver, Canada: COWI, a main international engineering consulting group has been awarded a $15 million Province of British Columbia deal as the Owner’s Engineer of an 8-lane immersed tunnel across British Columbia’s (BC) Fraser River, to offer much more capacity for motorists and transit end users, though giving walking and biking choices by way of the crossing for the very first time.

The new tunnel will have 3 common goal targeted visitors lanes and a person devoted bus lane in each individual route, as perfectly as a bi-directional multi-use cycle path/pedestrian walkway to improve journey across the river without restricting navigable area for maritime visitors. COWI will supply the reference concepts and geotechnical underpinning for the bold CD$4.15 billion river crossing. Drawing on its working experience designing the original George Massey tunnel in 1959, COWI will conceptualize and oversee removal of the initial four-lane tunnel and development of its 8-lane replacement.

COWI will draw on worldwide expertise from its workplaces about the earth to produce pioneering flood manage methods close to the new tunnel that can stand up to excessive river flows as properly as predicted enhanced sea stages. COWI’s industry experts ended up selected for their unique working experience building immersed tunnels underneath different types on conditions all around the entire world such as the world’s longest immersed tunnel for motorists in China and the first immersed tunnel intended from typhoon waves in South Korea. COWI has also formerly assisted generate revolutionary tunnel ideas for an immersed tunnel in the centre of Stockholm in which the water depth to an existing utility pipe near the tunnel alignment essential casting of the tunnel aspects on web-site beneath floating circumstances.

Darryl Matson, Senior Venture Director for the project at COWI in North Vancouver claimed: “It’s jobs like these that light up the engineer within every of us. We are quite passionate about this job as it lies in the backyard of our regional group – we use it commonly so we know what a variance we can make to the neighborhood. It’s a critical transportation url with engineering worries these types of as minimising disruption to community ecosystems in the course of design and making sure the ultimate tunnel will stand up to natural disasters. It will both of those check and showcase our proficient engineers. The tunnel will crack new ground with a focused pathway for cyclists and pedestrians and a committed bus lane alongside road targeted visitors, helping generate cleaner transportation and bringing massive trade and journey advantages to the nearby communities.”

As the Immersed Tunnel expert, COWI will be section of the broader Owners’ Engineering team that will convey together gurus from highway/civil, environmental, hydraulics, interaction, marine navigation and construction, and archaeology to defeat unprecedented engineering issues and establish for the long term.


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