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The list of finalists disclosed

Since the first edition in 2015 by the International Tunnelling and Underground Space Association, the first three editions of the ITA Tunnelling Awards gathered more than 650 attendees and 234 candidacies.

The 17-strong expert judging panel, chaired by the ITA President Tarcisio Celestino, has concluded its deliberation and based on the detailed evaluation, 34 entries have been chosen as finalists and will participate in the second evaluation stage to determine winners.

For the category "Major Project of the Year" (with a budget over 500 M€)

Project nameCountry
China's Mega Water Project: Jilin Yinsong Water SupplyChina
Contract No. CV/2012/08 Liantang / Heung Yuen Wai Boundary Control Point Site Formation and Infrastructure WorksHong Kong, China
The Immersed Tunnel of Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge LinkChina
The West Qinling Tunnel on Lanzhou-Chongqing RailwayChina

For the category "Project of the Year" (with a budget between 50 and 500 M€)

Project nameCountry
Foshan Dongping TunnelChina
Gongbei tunnel of the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau bridgeChina
The Queershan Tunnel on National Road 317China
Vamma 12 Hydropower ProjectNorway

For the category "Project of the year incl. Renovation" (with a budget up to 50 M€)

Project nameCountry
Kaikoura Earthquake Recovery Main North Line TunnelsNew Zealand
Maroggia Railway TunnelSwitzerland
Trenchless tunnel construction of Bukit Panjang MRT entrance and underpassSingapore
Zarbalizadeh Shallow Tunnel Construction underneath the Operating RailwaysIran, Islamic Republic of

For the category "Technical Project Innovation of the year"

Project nameCountry
A Mechanized Method with Large Section Horseshoe Shape EPB-TBM First Applied in Loess Mountain TunnelChina
Challenges in designing a complex urban tunnel in Tehran metropolitanIran, Islamic Republic of
TBM Entry Works Under Sea Level Near Istanbul BosphorusTurkey
Velstertunnel Project; Integrated BIM for failure free retrofitting of a motorway tunnel: innovation creates a fixed link between contractor and stakeholdersNetherlands

For the category "Technical Product/Equipment Innovation of the year"

Project nameCountry
An Innovative Hard-rock TBM-mounted System for Geological Forward-prospectingChina
FlatMesh Wireless SystemUnited Kingdom
Innovative Backfill Grout for dilative SoilsGermany
Multifunctional Energy-Storage and Luminescent Material for Sustainable and Energy-saving Lighting for TunnelsChina

For the category "Innovative Underground Space Concept of the year"

Project nameCountry
Ecological civilization construction and intensive land use of metro projectChina
Norwegian Rock Blasting MuseumNorway
Underground pedestrian passageunderHeiniucheng Road in the New Badali area (new eight upscale communities) in TianjinChina

For the category "Safety Initiative of the Year"

Project nameCountry
Excavation of a tunnel with traditional methods, through rocks containing natural asbestos, safeguarding the health and safety of workers and preserving the external environmentItaly
MineARC’s Aura-FX Digital Gas Monitoring TechnologyAustralia
ROBY 850 - Semi-Automatic Drilling RobotHong Kong, China
Site formation and infrastructure works for development of Anderson Road QuarryHong Kong, China

For the category "Young Tunneller of the Year"

Project nameCountry
Fredrikke S G SyversenNorway
Giuseppe M. GaspariItaly
He YingdaoChina
Jack MuirNew Zealand
Mandy AngMalaysia
Morteza JavadiIran, Islamic Republic of
Senthilnath G TIndia