Transportation of a used tunnel boring machine

TBM on a Goldhofer trailer
project location
Lower Mainland, British Columbia
project type
Heavy haulage & offloading
project year


  • Move 6 largest pieces of a used tunnel boring machine
  • Develop a cost-effective solution to accommodate a limited budget for moving scrap pieces

Specific factors:

  • Limited access to loading and offloading sites
  • Transportation through the busy metropolitan area (Vancouver and Burnaby)
  • Multiple changes in the project timeline

Accomplished tasks:

  • Calculated the project budget and agreed contract terms with the customer
  • Received permits and approvals from multiple stakeholders (independent engineers, utility companies, City of Burnaby and City of Vancouver engineering departments, public transit operator)
  • Managed frequent project schedule and scope changes
  • Coordinated the work of subcontractors (crane company, pilot car operator, outside carrier)
  • Completed the job with no extra costs
Nighttime transport
Loading at the job site
Two prime movers hauling cargo uphill
Offloading at the scrap yard
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