Louis Brais is Project Executive on the PortMiami Tunnel Project for Bouygues Construction.
He is overseeing a very ambitious project – the creation of a tunnel connection for Miami’s highway system directly to PortMiami, one of the largest and busiest cargo and cruise ports in the United States. The project is now in its third year of construction, and is slated to be completed by May 2014.
Due to the warm weather and soft ground conditions, the engineering team face many challenges, and have had to develop advanced techniques and materials to meet them. In fact the tunnel boring machine they are using, at 43 feet in diameter, is the largest soft-ground machine of its kind used in North America.
Created in 1952, Bouygues Construction is an international company, offering services in the building, civil works and electrical contracting/maintenance sectors.