In the past Wayss & Freytag was significantly involved in the development of mechanized tunnelling techniques. For example, they initiated the support of the tunnel face by means of a bentonite suspension and air-cushion. With the so-called “slurry shield” this technique was brought to operational maturity. Wayss & Freytag is a pioneer of this technique and has in the meantime driven more than 150 km of tunnel using slurry shields. In addition, more than 80 km of tunnel were driven using earth pressure balance shields and 30 km using hard rock TBMs.
Tunnel for a gas pipeline under Scruwaddacon Bay, Ireland was awarded the prize for best environmental initiative 2015 during the Tunnelling Awards at the International Tunelling Association.
A first in the Netherlands - TBM drive in the city centre: Hubertus tunnel, the longest inner-city road tunnel in the Netherlands, completes the Northern “Randweg” of The Hague.
Parallel drive with two TBMs with EPB shields for the extension of the Karlsruhe – Basel motorway.
Railway tunnel and stations for the London railway system in one of the most advanced railway projects in Europe.