Philippines, Wawa Weir 2 Water Supply Project: Design and Site technical support

​August 2020: Lombardi has been awarded the contract for the design of the Tayabasan Weir 2 and pumping station. The project comprises a 24 m high dam, which will be constructed as a hardfill structure, a pumping station with three parallel pumps with a capacity of 100 kW each and a 600 m long water conveyor pipeline (DN700-900). After completion, the pumping station will supply the capital Manila with up to 80 million liters of water daily. Lombardi is the contractor’s engineer and is responsible for the basic design, detailed design and IFC documents in addition to local technical support during construction.

24/09/202024/09/202124/09/2020 13:54
Milestone for Australia’s largest renewable energy project

Snowy 2.0 pumped-storage project has achieved another important milestone on 28 August 2020 with approval by the Australian Federal Government giving the go-ahead for Snowy Hydro Limited to commence main works.
First power generation is expected from Snowy 2.0 by 2025, with project completion in 2026.
Snowy 2.0 will provide an additional 2,000 MW of fast-start, dispatchable energy and provide 350,000 MWh of large-scale storage, enough to power the equivalent of 500,000 households for over a week during peak demand.
Construction of Australia’s largest renewable energy project, Snowy 2.0, is progressing at pace, driving the creation of thousands of new jobs and paving the way for cheaper and more reliable energy for Australian households and businesses.
As the shareholder of Snowy Hydro Limited, the Government’s approval for Snowy to commence main works follows final environmental regulatory approvals for the project in June 2020.
Future Generation Joint-Venture, the main EPC contractor charged for project, will now begin construction of an underground power station, waterways and access tunnels, and other supporting infrastructure.
The project builds on the exploratory works for Snowy 2.0, which commenced in 2019 and included constructing site access roads, excavating an exploratory tunnel and establishing a construction compound.
Lombardi is proud to be part of Snowy 2.0 as designer for Future Generation Joint Venture, responsible for the design and construction assistance services of more than 26 km waterway tunnels and surge shafts, 20 km of access tunnels and intake/outlet structures at Tantangara and Talbingo reservoirs.

18/09/202018/09/202118/09/2020 16:24
At the Suiz Spacio in the Nuñoa station of the Santiago Metro... the time has come!

​August 2020: As Lombardi Engineers we are very excited to have been able to participate in this special initiative that led to the installation of the first Swiss analogue clock in Chile.
The famous railway clock is an icon of Switzerland, known worldwide for its unmistakable design and as a symbol of punctuality and reliability of public transport.
Visit Suiz Spacio, a unique cultural project between Switzerland and Chile, located in the Nuñoa station of the Santiago Metro.

20/08/202020/08/202120/08/2020 14:54
New: Lombardi Engineering Ltd. on the north-south axis

At the start of the new year 2020, Lombardi Engineering Ltd. moved its headquarters to its new location in Bellinzona-Giubiasco.
We moved into an office building with the Minergie 5plus energy standard directly next to the Giubiasco railway station, thus making an important contribution to sustainability.
The new office building offers around 160 work places for our staff.
With the new location in Bellinzona-Giubiasco, we are moving to the north-south axis and are thus closer to our clients and partners.

We look forward to welcoming all our clients and partners to our new office from January 2020.

Our new address from 2020:
Via del Tiglio 2, P.O.B. 934
6512 Bellinzona-Giubiasco, Switzerland.

06/01/202006/01/202118/09/2020 17:49
Commissioning of the Galgenbuck Tunnel (Switzerland)

On December 6th, 2019 the Galgenbuck Tunnel was opened to traffic, within the timescale and budget. Since 2010 Lombardi, leading partner of an Engineering Joint-Venture, oversaw the civil design and the site supervision for the construction of the Galgenbuck Tunnel.

The tunnel excavation took place in highly heterogeneous and variable geological conditions. The Charlottenfels tunnel of the Deutsche Bahn (DB, German Railway Company) was underpassed at a minimum distance of around 5.5 m. The largest excavation section (service bay in the tunnel centre) is of 230 m2.

We thank the employer, our engineering partner and all participating contractors for the excellent and targeted cooperation. We are particularly pleased that during the last 7 years there were no significant accidents at work.

10/12/201910/12/202010/12/2019 15:44
Validated risk assessment tool LoRis 2.0 in accordance to the Swiss guideline ASTRA 89005

June 2019: It is in all our interest to reduce the risk and provide a high level of safety to tunnel users. Swiss guidelines ASTRA 19004 and 89005 define a quantitative assessment methodology that describes the role of risk analysis in decision making and the evaluation of measures to achieve a higher safety in tunnels of the national roadway system. This methodology has been implemented in LoRis, an internally developed tool that facilitates the investigation of risk and provides information about cost-effective measures for existing as well as new tunnels.
LoRis is built on a Bayesian network, a probabilistic model, that computes the individual risk and relevant FN curves for fatalities and injuries. The underlying scientific approach takes quantitative information regarding events, and processes consequences using mathematical functions and CFD-simulations. The methodology is applicable to tunnels with a length greater than 300 m, open to the transit of normal, heavy goods and dangerous goods vehicles.
The tool is in continuous development, following the statistical trend of base rates, ready to employ the newest principles and perspectives of the roadway research community.

01/07/201901/07/202001/07/2019 12:30
On tour from the heart of the Gotthard…

21.06.2019 arrival of the 7th stage of the Tour de Suisse on the Gotthard Pass. In honour of its bond with the Gotthard and the Leventina, valley, Lombardi Ltd. as principal sponsor is present on site with a delegation of clients and collaborators.

21/06/201921/06/202002/07/2019 15:36
Groundbreaking ceremony of the noise protection enclosure project of Schwamendingen, Switzerland

On April 1st, 2019 in the presence of the Federal Councillor Simonetta Sommaruga, the official start of the construction of this unique large-scale project took place in the centre of the city of Zurich.
After the preliminary works of the noise protection enclosure of Schwamendingen were carried out in the summer of 2017 and the main works were noticeable at the beginning of March 2019, on April 1st, 2019 the official groundbreaking ceremony of the project took place. Lombardi is part of an engineering joint-venture and is involved as external overall site supervisor for all works and domains (civil works, electromechanical equipment as well as building construction and environment).

11/04/201911/04/202011/04/2019 15:43
50 years later, Lombardi completes the Gotthard road tunnel, Switzerland

November 2018: Originally, the Gotthard road tunnel was designed by Lombardi as a twin tube tunnel. However, by former resolution of the Swiss Federal Council, only one tube with a safety tunnel has been realized. Thanks to an innovative idea for the alignment, Giovanni Lombardi could sign the contract for the planning of the first tube of the Gotthard road tunnel in April 1967, a historic moment and a milestone for Lombardi. Now, a good 50 years later, Lombardi can contribute to complete the construction project of the century.
Lombardi, within two different engineering joint ventures, has been awarded the design services and the technical management for both the civil works and the MEP (electromechanical equipment) scopes for the second tube of the Gotthard road tunnel, Switzerland. The construction assignment includes the fields tunneling/geotechnical engineering (including materials management), alignment and engineering structures, as well as the lead of the overall dossier for the phases starting from the detailed design up to and including the commissioning/closure. In the second mandate, Lombardi and its partners were commissioned the design services for MEP (power supply, lighting, ventilation, signaling, monitoring systems, communication and control technology, cable systems and auxiliary systems for the phases starting from detailed design up to and including the commissioning/closure (including the redesign of the Airolo junction).

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Lombardi is committed to "Engineers without borders Switzerland" (IngOG +)

October 2018: Engineers without borders Switzerland (IngOG+) is working with Hazima Smajlovic, a refugee from Bosnia, and the local authorities to build and operate a shared residence in Gradačac, Bosnia and Herzegovina for single war victim’s women in Bosnia. The project will contribute to fill the lack of social housing and old-age housing provision and offer to needy women a worthy perspective. "Engineers without borders Switzerland" (IngOG+) takes over the project management with the financial support of Lombardi as part of the project, coordinates the planning and operation of the building, accompanies the development of the residential community and organizes the financing.
With this social commitment, Lombardi and also IngOG+ offer a "plus" for the quality of life and for the environment.
More about the project Social Housing in Gradačac, Bosnia and Herzegovina:

15/10/201815/10/201915/10/2018 14:11
Sachseln Tunnel – successful commissioning of the new plants

​September 2018: The Sachseln Tunnel is Switzerland's seventh longest road tunnel. Currently, measures are being taken to increase tunnel safety. Lombardi has been commissioned the owner's support and the construction management for the lots construction and electromechanical plants (MEP).
In mid-2018, the Saccardo ventilation and the first new exhaust air fans went into operation. From October 2018, the new 5.2 km long safety tunnel will go into operation. This will significantly improve the safety level of the Switzerland's fifth longest bi-directional tunnel. The work will be completed by the end of 2019.

03/10/201803/10/201916/03/2019 16:35
Breakthrough of the southern tube at the Koralmtunnel (Austria)

August 2018: ​On August 14th, the breakthrough of the southern tube on the Koralm Tunnel between the construction lots KAT2 and KAT3 was achieved after 17'127 m of excavation with the double-shield TBM "Mauli 1". This is the longest section ever excavated continuously by a TBM and thus represents a world record. The breakthrough took place in a cavern with an overburden of about 1'200 m. The approximately 33 km long Koralm Tunnel reduces the travel time from Graz in Styria to Klagenfurt in Carinthia to just 45 minutes. Lombardi was commissioned with the tender design and detailed design for both 17 km long main drives (2x TBM-DS) and has followed the project as employer's designer in the construction phase.

24/09/201824/09/201924/09/2018 10:02
Alternative access to the Inca city of Machu Picchu (Peru)

​July 2018: On July the 10th 2018 the Ministry of Foreign Trade and Tourism of Peru assigned the task for the development of the preliminary technical-economic design regarding the possibility of creating an alternative access to the Inca city of Machu Picchu (Cusco Region), heritage of the UNESCO.
The study will have to evaluate surface solutions (cableway) and underground (lift of more than 400 m in altitude, funicular or rack-train) compatible with environmental, morphological, architectural, geological and technological constraints in an emblematic place for the country and the whole world.

18/07/201818/07/201918/07/2018 11:40
Breakthrough Line 1 „Lingotto-Bengasi“ in Turin

​June 2018: On June the 7th 2018 the TBM completed the excavation of the last section of the subway Line 1 „Lingotto-Bengasi“ in Turin. The breakthrough at the Lingotto station, in service, occurred in presence of the Mayor of Turin, the President of the Piedmont Region and other authorities of the city. The TBM, operated by the company CMC from Ravenna – named Masha– completed its work after more than one year.
Lombardi is the designer of this subway stretch that includes a double track single tunnel (total length 1’733 m), two underground stations and three ventilation shafts.
The tunnel, with internal diameter of 6.88 m and digged by a machine with 7.70 m of diameter, has been excavated using an EBP TBM.

11/07/201811/07/201924/07/2018 17:09
Stockholm Bypass – new Project carried out in BIM

June 2018: The Stockholm Bypass is considered the most important road infrastructure being currently built in Sweden as well as being one of the most imposing constructions in the entire Scandinavia and the Baltic region. The Bypass will be completed in 2023.
The Stockholm Bypass, and in particular the rock tunnel contracts FSE 308 Södra Lovö and 302 Norra Lovö, includes the construction of 2 access tunnels, 5 km ramp tunnels, 14 km main tunnels and 8 shafts under Lovön island in Ekerö municipality, including final lining and M&E equipment.
Lombardi has been appointed the detailed design, which will be carried out in BIM, by the Italian Contractors Vianini Lavori S.p.a and C.M.C di Ravenna, members of the Swedish Joint Venture company Lovön Samverkan AB.
The final client of the project is the Swedish Transport Administration (Trafikverket).

10/07/201811/07/201911/07/2018 17:25
Eiger Glacier cableway top station

19.02.2018: The contract for the final design (phase 51) and the site management (phase 52) has been awarded. Lombardi continues the design work, supervising the underground and surface construction of the Eiger Glacier top station for the new tricable gondola Eigerexpress in the framework of the final design and the site management. In the summer of 2018, the construction is expected to start with the pre-cut for the cavern at 2320 m above sea level. One part of the top station will be in a cavern of (W x L x H) 24 x 40 x 17 m, the other will be constructed above ground. Two tunnels, each about 40 m long, with excavated cross-sections of about 20m2 connect the cavern with the new construction of the Eiger Glacier top station.

27/03/201827/03/201927/03/2018 15:55
Arenal hydroeletric power plant (phase I/II), Honduras – Signing of the contract

​13.11.2017: The contract for the civil part of the project has been signed. In January 2018, the excavation works for the connection of the new diversion tunnels will start. Lombardi has dealt with the project development from the preliminary stages and will continue to assist the client up to the commissioning, conducting both the detailed design and construction drawings as well as the (local) site supervision. The new plant consists of an RCC arch-gravity dam (H=93.5 m, L=273 m), a headrace tunnel (A=28.4 m2, L=4'582 m), a surge chamber (vertical with 2 cross-sectional dimensions: 28.3 m2 and 113.1 m2), two steel penstocks (D=2.4 m, L=130 m) and an outdoor powerhouse equipped with two vertical Francis units (H=138 m, Q=2 x 25.5 m3/s, P=2 x 30.5 MW).

04/12/201704/12/201804/12/2017 10:10
First breakthrough at the Albula Tunnel

On Thursday 17 October 2017, at the New Albula Tunnel of the Rhaetian Railway (RhB), the breakthrough into the reverse drive of the cavern was achieved. With this, the excavation from Preda (main lot) met the reverse drive which has previously been excavated from a cavern. The reverse drive was commissioned separately for the excavation of the Raibler-Cornieule (most delicate zone of the massif at the Albula tunnel).
Lombardi, in an engineering consortium, is responsible for the construction supervision of the reverse drive from the cavern, including the special construction measures such as freezing method and solidification injections
See also website RhB (in German only):

17/10/201717/10/201823/10/2017 15:51
Start of the works on the connection of the Turin-Ceres railway with the Turin railway network

29.09.2017: The Lombardi Group has developed the detail design of the new railway connection that runs along the main stretch of Corso Grosseto (2.5 km of new tunnel executed with cut & cover method), connecting the existing RFI Rebaudengo-Fossata station with the existing Turin-Ceres line near Largo Grosseto, for the temporary joint venture with ITINERA S.p.A. (main) and the consortium INTEGRA (formerly CCC) and SCR Contracting Company of the Piedmont Region. The project also contains a new underground railway station “Grosseto”, a new road tunnel in Largo Grosseto, a new surface restoration with cycle-pedestrian track in Corso Grosseto and a new layout of the Largo Grosseto crossroads, subsequent to the contemporaneous demolition of a massive existing road interchange overpass. Further information on the institutional site (soon to be opened).

11/10/201711/10/201823/10/2017 15:19
3rd rail Bellinzona-Giubiasco, Switzerland

March 2017: Up to the end of 2025, the Swiss Federal Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS) are completing the stretch between Bellinzona station and Giubiasco with a third rail track. Besides the track works, the project includes: the new single-track tunnel Svitto II, the new Piazza Indipendenza station as well as the expansion of the existing Dragonato tunnel.
Lombardi, in an engineering consortium, is responsible for the final design of the 300 m long Svitto tunnel II up to its commissioning.

11/07/201711/07/201805/12/2017 10:33
Hydroelectric complex of Frankonédou-Kogbédou

​03.06.2017: Lombardi, in an Engineering Joint Venture with RGC Ingénierie (Morocco), has been awarded the contract to provide the engineering services (design and site supervision) for the construction of the new hydroelectric complex of Frankonédou-Kogbédou in Guinea Conakry (90 MW), which will generate around 400 GWh/year.

12/06/201712/06/201812/06/2017 15:32
Giovanni Lombardi passed away

​22.05.2017: The Board of Directors, the Management and the staff of the Lombardi Group remember Dr. Eng. Giovanni Lombardi (founder and Honorary President) with deep respect and gratitude.
His genius, the incredible professionality, the tireless dedication to work, the continuous research of innovation and his great humanity will be an example to follow for all of us.
Thanks Giovanni.

23/05/201723/05/201824/05/2017 08:49
Copenhagen Metro Cityringen – Underpassing by TBM concluded successfully

15.04.2017: On behalf of the CMT (Copenhagen Metro Team), Lombardi has performed extensive studies and analyses aimed at mitigating the risk of damage to historical buildings and existing infrastructures due to difficult and critical TBM excavations for the Metro Cityringen in Copenhagen.
Lombardi has analysed the stretch between Marmorkirken and Kongens Nytorv with masonry buildings dating back to the late 17th century (e.g. Kunsthal Charlottenborg and Magasin du Nord). Furthermore, we examined the intersection between the new tunnels and the existing metro lines set only 1.50 m beneath the new ones.
The last underpassing by TBM of the building VV0067 at the Radhusplades has also confirmed the results of the special studies.

19/05/201719/05/201829/05/2017 10:04
Feasibility Studies L1 Metro Paris

​01.03.2017: Lombardi is developing the feasibility study with Tractebel and Véra Broëz (as Architect) of Metro Line 1 of Paris between Chateau de Vincennes and Val de Fontenay. This 4km long study includes: the definition of the tunnels, geotechnical studies, the track alignment between all the passenger stations, the architectural design and structure of Les Rigollots, Grands Pêchers and Val de Fontenay Stations, the urban integration of the line and the stations as well as the definition of the Equipment.
Challenges :The extension of a fully existing automatic Line (GoA4) and the definition of the different construction phases, the integration of the new station named Val de Fontenay in a location which is particularly critical with the forecast of the new Line 15 and LRT line 1, the existing interchange passenger station of RER A operated by RATP and E operated by SNCF and the new multimodal hub of Péripôle Nord as well as the integration of the transportation mode in a high constrained urban development.

30/03/201730/03/201806/04/2017 13:56
Award of the external overall site supervision for the noise abatement cover project of Schwamendingen, Switzerland

30.11.2016: Lombardi, in an Engineering Joint Venture, has been awarded the external overall site supervision for the project of the noise abatement cover of Schwamendingen. The Federal Roads Office (FEDRO) together with the canton and city of Zurich carry out the noise abatement cover project of Schwamendingen. With the covering of the National Road N01/40, a nationwide unique construction almost 1 km long and 30 m wide will be realized. On the top of the structure, continuous green spaces and open air-leisure areas for the local community will be created, accessible for pedestrians and cyclists via ramps, stairways and elevators. The total costs amount to 583 Mio. CHF.

08/02/201708/02/201808/02/2017 11:23
Award Tunnel Bypass Lucerne, Switzerland

17.01.2017: Lombardi continues the Lucerne Bypass project. Lombardi, with an Engineering Association, has been awarded the next project phase (detail project) for the tunnel. With the approximately 3 km long twin-tube tunnel system, the urban motorway’s bottleneck problem should be resolved in the future. The client is the Federal Roads Office (ASTRA).

07/02/201707/02/201807/02/2017 14:17
Government of India / Ministry of road transport & highways (MORTH): Empanelment of Lombardi India as Consultant

​01.12.2016: Lombardi Engineering India Pvt. Ltd has been empaneled by the Government of India / Ministry of road transport & highways (MORTH) as Consultant for Feasibility studies and Detailed project preparation for highways tunnel projects (category IX). The empanelment is valid for the period May 2016 – April 2018.

01/01/201731/01/201809/02/2017 10:26
Adjudication mandate for the General Project  for the Connection A2-A13 Bellinzona-Locarno, Canton Ticino, Switzerland

​23.09.2016: Lombardi, in consortium with other local companies, has obtained the mandate of multidisciplinary design of the General Project for the Connection A2-A13 Bellinzona-Locarno. The future connecting link will relieve the existing main road of its frequent traffic jams and complete the national road system in Ticino. Its total length will be of 10.8 km, with a tunnel of approximately 6.2 km (two single-lane tubes) and important technical features such as viaducts, underground passages and interchanges on both portals. The estimated total cost is 1’300 Mio. CHF, the mandate related services span from October 2016 until December 2017.

31/10/201631/10/201731/10/2016 09:26
Inauguration of the third Bosporus Bridge

26.08.2016: Lombardi Engineering S.r.l. has prepared, under the coordination of T-Engineering International (Switzerland), the project of the excavation and the realisation of foundations of the third bridge over the Bosporus Strait situated to the north of Istanbul (Turkey). The construction works, which began in 2013, are at present concluded.
Lombardi Engineering S.r.l. has supervised the geotechnical design of the excavations and the realisation of the foundations of the third Bosporus bridge. The bridge is part of the North Marmara Highway project, located North from the Bosporus, connecting Poyrazköy on the Asian side with Garipçe on the European side. The project of the bridge has been realized by the engineering firms T-engineering (Switzerland), Michel Virlogeux Consultant (France) and Greisch (Belgium).
The bridge is a hybrid structure which is suspended/guyed with a central span between two A piles of 1'408m size. The cross section of the deck is 59m wide and constituted by a central railway line in double track and eight lanes (2x4) for road traffic.
The towers of the two piles are founded on core holes of 20m in diameter each. On each side of the Bosporus a concrete anchor block supports the main cables. The construction works, which began in 2013, are now concluded. The inauguration of the bridge took place on August 26th 2016.

20/09/201620/09/201720/09/2016 09:17
First Impounding of the Muttsee dam

04.08.2016: At 5 years from the start of the construction site, on August 4th 2016 the first impounding operations of the New Muttsee dam were completed successfully.
Lombardi performed the role of leader in the designer group, which developed the project from the initial project phase until the commissioning.
The new dam is a part of the pumped-storage plant Linthal 2015 (1000 MW) between the existing artificial lake Limmern and the new Muttsee reservoir.
The capacity of the Muttsee reservoir has been increased from 9 Mm3. to 24 Mm3 raising the level of the natural lake by 28 m. This volume increase has been achieved by the construction of the longest gravity dam of Switzerland (1 km) and located at the highest altitude in Europe (2,500 m asl).

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