ENGEOCOM Tunnelling Machinery

The tunnelling mechanized complex (TMC) called “Sofia” has completed the left tunneling distillation tunnel from “Shelepiha” metro station to the connecting branch of the Third interchange circuit and Kalinin-Solntsevo line. This project is initiated by the Department of Construction of Moscow as the state customer on-site. The contractor/company hired to do this work is JSC Combine ENGEOCOM.

Shield “Sofia” has covered an entire distance of 768 meters. The lines are running under Shmitovsky, an industrial area near the 1st Silica travel, and a dense residential development. Drifters have been working in the complex hydrogeological conditions, up to a maximum depth of 40 meters.

After completing the tunneling, the complex has gone into the excavation chamber congresses of the Third interchange circuit and Kalinin-Solntsevo line as next in the line for progress. While the second ring of the Moscow Metro will be built, the “Business Center” – “Peter Park” site will temporarily join with the Kalinin-Solntsevo line. Thus, temporarily, the train will go from “Rasskazovka” station to the “Petrovsky Park.”

Next TMC will be moved to the opposite end of the pit, where the construction will begin toward Kalinin-Solntsevo line. Usually after the completion of the shield, it is disassembled into parts, maintenance is carried out on the peices, and they are transported to the new launch site and collected again. On average, it takes 1.5 months to complete these steps. Metrostroiteley of Association ENGEOCOM says that they “plan to prepare Sophia for sinking down” in a new record time – just 15 days. For this purpose, a unique method of moving the shield whole will be used. Complex manoeuvres with a hand pallet truck are required to move the unit from one end of the excavation chamber to the other entirely without dismantling.

They are going to put a monolithic slab in the bottom of the shaft pit and install steel plates, with rails on which the “Sofia” will move, using a jacking system to install it onto the welded rails, starting from specially made stops and pulling it on the hand cart. So says Konstantin Tsallagov, head of the mechanization construction of Association ENGEOCOM. According to him, during the pulling, there will be mechanics on board with the “Sofia” to replace the cutting tools and to conduct the thorough inspection of all the components and assemblies that are usually inspected while the unit is disassembled for travel. When it is moving to the other end of the Metro interchange to begin it’s new work, the “skiing” movement of the Sofia will be cut off, and it will not operate until it has been inspected while in transit to the new construction site.

Application of this new experimental method allows Metrostroiteley reduce construction time and save money on the installation and dismantling of the complex, while still remaining safe for the workers to use in the tunneling process. Specialists construction workers with Association ENGEOCOM are “already used dragging to move the complex mechanics of “Sofia” and “Victoria” through station “Shelepiha.”

JSC Business Combinations ENGEOCOM acts as official contractor of the construction site of the Third interchange circuit of the Moscow Metro station from Business Center to Lower Maslovka.The line includes six stations: 5 – newly built (Lower Maslovka, Peter Park, Khodynka, Khoroshevskaya, and Shelepiha) and 1 being finished (Downtown). Construction site length is 12.76 km. The construction of these stations will be the beginning of formation of a new subway interchange circuit, which will provide a transplant from one branch to another without using the central congested hubs.


New Year, New Skyline in Moscow.

Of the 9 tallest skyscrapers due to be completed in the next 12 months worldwide, Russia’s Vostok Tower is due to up the ante of Europe’s tallest building, usurping the title from the nearby Mercury City Tower and the OKO building. The Federation Tower is a large complex of skyscrapers (some completed, some still in progress) built on the 13th lot of the Moscow International Business Center. Ground was broken in 2003, but due to extenuating circumstances and The Federation Tower silhouettefinancing, construction stopped. Construction began again in 2011, and the last and tallest tower, The Vostok Tower is due to be completed in 2016.


The building features contain offices in addition to hotel suites and apartment suites, and the plans include “sky-bridges” between the towers that will also house eateries and cafes. There will also be the highest digital clock in the world on the outside of the building. The Federation Tower complex has been used by thrill-seeking climbers and base jumpers for adventure sports. There have been several TV shows, movies, and adverts that have used the building as a location for shooting. The designs have undergone some significant changes from the initiation of construction. According to the builder of the tower it uses concrete grade B90 for its construction, which  they say is twice as strong as regular concrete and will allow the skyscraper to withstand a direct hit of an aircraft. It will be 373-metres high, and is designed as a collaboration between Peter Schweger of Schweger Associated Architects and Sergei Tchoban of NPS Tchoban Voss.


Other buildings on the tallest skyscrapers of 2016 include:

1. Ping An Finance Center, China, by Kohn Pedersen Fox will take the title of World’s Tallest Building from One World Trade Center in New York, NY.

2. Goldin Finance 117, China, by P&T Group is set to complete this year in Tianjin, and replaced the planned fin-shape with a faceted glass facade.

3. Lotte World Tower, Korea, by Kohn Pedersen Fox hit a hiccup around sinkholes appeared around the base, but is on track for completion in 2016.

4. CTF Finance Center, China, by Kohn Pedersen Fox will overlook the Pearl River.

5. Wuhan Center Tower, China, by ECADI is designed with curved walls which are meant to evoke the imagery of a ship’s sails.

6. Marina 101, UAE, by National Engineering Bureau will hold the Middle East’s first Hard Rock Hotel.

7. Eton Place Dalian Tower 1, China, by NBBJ is four years overdue for completion.

The eighth place is the aforementioned Vostok Tower, Russia, by NPS Tchoban Voss and Schweger Associated Architects

9. Dalian International Trade Center, China, by Dalian Architectural Design & Research Institute has a rectilinear glass form with chamfered corners.

Tour Held for Residents of Underground Station

On Monday, May 15 at the site of “Association” ENGEOCOM the general visit. Right now the development branch of the City of Moscow offered to Muscovites to watch the advancement of work at the station “Khodynka” Third trade circuit of the Moscow Metro.

Members of the tour started with 12 individuals in the capital who have sent the application to the Department of development of Moscow, and also a few individuals from “Association” ENGEOCOM “, whose every day work is related to administrative activities.

Visitors assembled at the headquarters building, which experienced wellbeing preparing and got head protectors and cautioning vests.

In the part of an aide as indicated by tradition was made by the leader of the training and support of the construction of “Association” ENGEOCOM “Dmitry Ivanov.

He drove the members to the tour ditches, where he let them know about the Third interchange circuit.

Dmitry Ivanov reminded the gathering of people that the first segment of the Third interchange circuit will comprise of six stations. Its length, considering the associating strings will be 13.7 kilometers.

ENGEOCOM Recognized for their Contributions

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Ernest Rudyak recognized for his contributions.

The team of “ENGEOCOM” received awards for their contributions involving the preparation and holding of the Olympic Games in Sochi. Russian President Vladimir Putin delivered the award, which consisted of diplomas and commemorative medals. During the presentation, Putin stated that these awards were well deserved for the “significant contribution to the preparation and holding of the XXII Olympic Winter Games and XI Paralympic WInter Games in Sochi.”

Dmitry Evseev praised the achievements of employees who helped in the construction of the Olympic facilities and thanked them for their incredible support and hard work. This project was a huge undertaking and the company benefited greatly, gaining invaluable experience in implementing projects of this magnitude.

“ENGEOCOM” built two major sports facilities in the capital for the 2014 Winter Olympics. The buildings houses the Ice Palace for figure skating and short-track “Iceberg” (2012) and the Central Olympic Stadium “Fischt” (2013). Ice Palace “Iceberg” has become one of the most important architectural symbols from the Olympic Games in Sochi. The facility featured a wavy shape lined with blue glass windows. It is a collapsible structure, constructed of 15,000 tons of metal with no welding, it is fastened together with screws.

The company also contributed to the development of transport infrastructure, with the construction of federal highway M-27. The highway become one of the most important roadways in the city of Sochi during the Olympic Games. The route diverted traffic flow from the nearby settlements and carried service guests and athletes in and out of the Olympic Park. For more on this news, check it out here.

Newly Renovated Central Children’s Store Opens Its Doors

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Central Children’s Store , Lubyanka Square

The famous Lubyanka Square in Russia is getting a new facelift this year as the original Central Children’s Store will opened its newly renovated doors to eager young children and parents alike. The building was originally constructed in 1957 by famous architect, A. Dushkin. The major restoration of the store’s infrastructure was completed in December 2014, and the last few months have been used for designers to create a modern look of the individual stores found inside Children’s Store. 

ENGEOCOM has been working on reconstructing and adapting the current structure of the building to a more modern infrastructure that could house multiple stores and become a staple in Lubyanka Square. Before starting to work on this project, Mosgosstroynadzor submitted the necessary documents of compliance in order to align contraction goals with local guidelines and regulations. 

The restoration of the building had to be completed in extremely small areas, as the surrounding vicinity of Central Children’s Store lies among the Ministry of Transport of the Russian Federation and the hotel “Savoy.” The delivery and assembly of materials was made extremely difficult due the positioning of the work site. However, the project was completed successfully by employing safe practices and long term goal setting. 

The monumental properties of Central Children’s, and the historic attachments most locals have to this building were taken into consideration when designers created the renovation plans. The new changes are meant to preserve the original outline of its silhouette, space structure and other design elements. More than 50,000 visitors will be expected to enjoy the newly modernized store in April of 2015. 

New Moscow Metro Expected In 2016

Ernest Rudyak - EngeocomDeputies and General Directors of firms such as “Association” and “ENGEOCOM” visited the site of the project and discussed in great length the progress that has been achieved thus far. The building of the station, dubbed “Khoroshevskaya”, is at full swing and it is expected to be completed late in 2016.

As mentioned above, Khoroshevskaya is part of a much bigger project called the Third interchange circuit, which includes the construction of other railroad and underground stations such as “Business Center”, “Shelepiha”, “Khodynka” and “Peter Park.”

The urgency of building these transportation routes was slowed down due to the preparatory process, which took almost two years, as well as the grand scale of the project. Other setbacks included the change in building methods, which varied from closed to open in order to find the best possible way save money and finish faster. Despite these minor complications throughout the first few stages of construction, General Director for ENGEOCOM stated that close to 3.5 million rubles were saved because of these efforts. 

The difficult geological conditions present at the site of Khoroshevskaya have forced the workers to use a unique type of soil for the surface, which in turn is going to increase the rate of perforation. 

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Engeocom Recognized For Contribution in Olympics

On Wednesday, December 24 at the Ministry of Transport of the Russian Federation held a solemn presentation of state awards for his contribution to the preparation and conduct of the XXII Olympic and XI Paralympic Winter Games of 2014 in Sochi.

The award ceremony was held Transport Minister Maxim Sokolov and Minister of Construction and Housing and Utilities Minister Mikhail Men.
Speaking to the builders and employees of the transport complex, Maxim Sokolov said that preparations for such a grand event like the Olympics in Sochi was conducted for several years.

Ernest Rudyak - EngeocomAccording to him, during which time the city has created a new modern transport infrastructure, including more than 400 km of roads, 34 bridges and 84 tunnels, which will be in demand after the Games.

“In general, road capacity has increased by more than two and a half times. We were able to cope with this problem only through, team approach. Our work has shown that the transport and building complexes of our country can do wonders, “- said the Minister of Transport.

In turn, Mikhail Men said that the updated Sochi – a unique city that has no analogues in Russia and abroad.
“All the people who took part in the Olympic construction, has already made ​​history. I want to thank all of you. It is, indeed, a decent job! “- He concluded.

Deputy Minister of Construction and Housing Minister Yuri Reylyan, which in this day received an award – the medal “For the construction of transport facilities”, also appealed to the workers of the construction industry.

“I was chief of staff of construction would again like to thank you all for what you have done. We were able to prove to the world, our country and ourselves that Russia’s construction industry is alive and is still one of the best in the world “- he said.

Order of Friendship awarded by the president of JSC “Association” ENGEOCOM “Dmitry Evseev, senior vice president of JSC” United “ENGEOCOM” Ilya Makovsky and Deputy Director General for Civil Engineering JSC “Association” ENGEOCOM “Alex Vasil’zhenko.

The medal “For Services to the Motherland» II degree awarded: Director of the Sochi branch of “Association” INGEKOM “Timur Majitov, Deputy General Director of JSC” Association “ENGEOCOM” Kirill Petrov, chief engineer of the production management of “Association” ENGEOCOM “Fedor Provorov General Director of “SMU ENGEOCOM” Archil Kereselidze.

World Cup 2018: Russia

In 2010 Russia won the bid to host the prestigious, international FIFA World Cup. A competition that attracts the eye of most of the sports fans around the planet. Thirteen venues will host games for international play during the World Cup. Qualifier games for the mecca of soccer begin this coming June, but the construction of the venues in Russia are running into delays and price increases.

imgres-3Price increases for stadium construction are being reviewed by the Russian Ministry of Industry and Trade as the nation prepares for the 2018 FIFA World Cup. The Ministry is already working towards evaluating the legitimacy of the increase in price, while looking for ways to reduce costs.

The construction efforts have come to a point where the Ministry has requested from FIFA, permission to reduce two stadiums’ capacities from 45,000 people to 35,000. After receiving the approval for the capacity reduction, no more will be allowed in order to accommodate the masses of traveling fans that flock to the World Cup.

While Russia is due to cut its budget allocation to the preparation for the World Cup, it does not plan to see those funding reductions affect stadium and infrastructure construction. Other parts of the preparation will see budget reductions of up to 10%.

The Russian economy has been hit recently with the value of the Rouble dropping against the dollar as far as 75 Roubles to the Dollar. This mostly due to the international oil surplus resulting in engorged interest rates by Russia. In 2012 when the construction budget was announced at 664.1 Roubles, that translated to $20.5 billion in USD. If the budget were to be converted to the current price of the Rouble that figure drops to $9.6 billion. For more on this topic, check out this article here.

California’s Bullet Train

While everything seems to always seem great and sunny in California, the one thing California has lacked is better public transportation. While many residents of the state may want or think they need a subway, that’s not quite what they are getting. What will break ground on Tuesday January 6th is California’s bullet train. The train is supposed to run from Los Angeles to the Bay Area.

imgres-10After 2 years of debate and debacle, California is finally ready to start this project. The California High-Speed Rail Authority won many court battles and had many legislative victories which helps fund the project. It has been a long road to this point, so long that this project was actually first spoken of in the late 1970’s during Governor Jerry Brown’s first term.

The project will begin in Fresno where they will begin the first 29 miles of the track. This project is projected to cost about $68 billion. With so much opposition to the project, it raises doubt that the project can in fact be completed. Democrats were all for the project and believed Tuesday was the validation to their vision whereas Republicans believe the state is digging deeper into a costly project that likely won’t ever be completed.

Where is all this money coming from? Well as of now, some of it is coming from the following:
-$9 billion: Voters approved a $9 billion bond measure for the project in 2008
-$3.2 billion: Obama administration grant
-$250-$1 billion (annually): Legislatures agreed to provide 25% of greenhouse gas or cap and trade fees

The above amount only equates to about half of the budget. With the project set for completion in 2028, they’ll have time to figure out where the rest of the money will come from. For more on this article, check it out here.

Minneapolis Construction Boom

The beautiful city of Minneapolis is getting an unplanned makeover. The has been record breaking construction activity within the city of Minneapolis led by the new Minnesota Vikings stadium which is currently under construction in downtown Minneapolis.

According to MPR News, Minneapolis had a record $2 billion in construction during the 2014 calendar year. This large number is up a whopping 60% from 2013’s number.

ConstructionObviously a new football stadium has a lot to do with this huge number. After all, it’s not every year that you build a new state of the art stadium that seats 40,000 plus people. The Vikings stadium takes up just of 50% of the record $2 billion in construction at an estimate of $1.1 billion. Another large chunk of the $2 billion will be as a result of the construction of Downtown East development which is led by Ryan Companies. You can see the vision for this project here.  Those two projects alone put Minneapolis at $1.5 billion or 75% of the total for 2014.

Construction of the stadium is just about one third of the way complete. The stadium is not set to be complete until 2016 so it seems as though they are on pace to finish on time. With just over half of all the necessary concrete poured, the stadium will begin installing glass in 2015.

While it may seem like a ton of money for Minneapolis to fund on its own, not to worry, the city is receiving public funding for construction costs on all projects. With both the Vikings stadium and the Downtown East development set to complete in 2016, the construction doesn’t stop there. With more people looking to move to Minneapolis, more residential buildings are going up as well. The construction boom has helped Minneapolis economy as it has created more jobs all around. The Vikings have had a reported 700 local construction workers on site everyday and that number expects to be pushed to 1,100 in 2015.

For more on this interesting boom in Minneapolis, check out this article here.