Since it's founding in 1972 as LOVAT, our company has specialised in the custom design and manufacture of Tunnel Boring Machines (TBMs) utilised in the construction of metro, railway, road, sewer, water main, penstock, mine access and telecommunications tunnels.
Founded by Richard Lovat, the company?s extensive experience, innovative technology and continued research & development provide solutions for any tunnelling challenge on any project.
The story begins in the Veneto region of Italy and now spans the world. Richard?s father, great-grandfather, and uncles were all involved in the tunnelling industry. When Richard started, tunnelling was accomplished with very basic tools ? sledgehammers, picks and explosives. Over the years with each new experience, Richard developed new and innovative excavating methods to meet ever more demanding site conditions. Between 1963 and 1972 he built fourteen TBMs under the name "Richard's Machinery & Repair Ltd.". Afterwards the company was renamed LOVAT. In 2008 Caterpillar purchased LOVAT as an entrance into the underground market and the company is now known as Caterpillar Tunneling Canada Corporation.
To date the company has built over 230 TBMs, performed more than 150 full refurbishments for more than 400 tunnelling projects world-wide. Cat machines have excavated more than 1,500,000 m of tunnel.