|50||Lombardi Engineering Ltd. new on the north-south axis|
At the start of the new year 2020, Lombardi Engineering Ltd. moved its headquarters into its new location in Ticino.
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 Giubiasco near Bellinzona, 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 Giubiasco, Switzerland
|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.
|47||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.
|48||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.
|46||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).
|44||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).
|43||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: https://ingog.ch/de/2017/12/06/gradacac
|42||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.
|41||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.
|40||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.
|39||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.
|38||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).
|37||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.
|36||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).
|35||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):
|34||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 www.connessionenordovest.it (soon to be opened).
|33||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.
|32||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.
|31||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.
|30||Copenhagen Metro Cityringen – Underpassing by TBM concluded successfully|
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.
|29||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
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.
|27||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.
|26||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).
|25||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.
|24||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
|23||Inauguration of the third Bosporus Bridge|
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
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.
|22||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).
|21||Award for general planner for south-west bypass road Sins, Canton Aargau, Switzerland|
01.06.2016: Lombardi in an engineer's joint venture along with two partners, was awarded as a general planner for the south-west bypass road.
With more than 25'000 vehicles/day, the province of Sins is strongly affected by the two major north-south transport axes. The south-west ring road should resolve those traffic problems.
From North to South, the project includes a roundabout on the north, a 67 m long bridge, a cut-and-cover tunnel of 900 m (incl. central and escape routes), a 40 m long pedestrian and bicycle bridge as well as a roundabout on the South. The total costs of the works are around 90 million CHF. The works are supposed to be started at the earliest by the end of 2017.
|20||TELT – Tunnel Euralpin Lyon Turin|
30.05.2016: “TSE3” - the temporary Joint-Venture whose
Lombardi belongs - has started the final revision of the project studies of the
new Railway Line Turin-Lyon – the cross-border part in common. It is referred
to the lot C1 for Safety, while the C3 lot deals with Civil Works, Geology and
Environment. Apart from Geology, Lombardi staff owns the appropriate technical skills
to carry out this project, covering all the fields required and playing the
roles as Project Manager, Environment Manager for the C3 lot and the additional
Manager for the C1.
|19||The opening of the Gotthard Base Tunnel|
15.05.2016: For the past 20 years, an average of 30 of our
engineering staff has committed more than 1 million working hours to help build
the longest railway tunnel of the world: the Gotthard Base Tunnel. This
enormous effort reflects the significance and magnitude of this masterpiece for
the Lombardi Group. Our people considerably contributed to the timely
completion of the project, providing general planning and management services. We
wish all passengers travelling through the Gotthard Base Tunnel a safe, quick
and pleasant journey.