KUALA LUMPUR: The Autonomous Tunnel Boring Machine (ATBM), developed in-house by MMC Gamuda KVMRT (T) Sdn Bhd, has won the Technical Product/Equipment Innovation of the Year award at the 2019 International Tunnelling and Underground Space Association (ITA) Tunnelling Awards held recently in Miami, Florida, USA.
The ATBM was named as finalist together with three other contenders - from Italy, Australia
and Switzerland respectively - where each innovation underwent two stages of evaluation by a panel of 17 industry-expert judges, chaired by ITA president Jinxiu (Jenny) Yan herself.
Present to receive the award from ITA was MMC Gamuda deputy project director Ng Hau Wei said the ATBM tunnelling team has poured a lot of sweat and tears into the innovation and overcame insurmountable road blocks to get where it is today.
"This award goes to all the Malaysians out there who trusted us to deliver the SSP project safely and excellently with the use of technology," he said in a statement.