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Fibres of steel
Choosing the right steel fibre for FRC precast tunnel segments can have a significant impact on performance, productivity and cost, explains Benoit de Rivaz, Global Technical Manager BP...
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Melbourne’s big dig
Four TBMs are at work on the Melbourne Metro – a new line comprising two 9km-long tunnels that will run beneath the central business district and where monitoring for ground movement was critical. Julian Champkin reports on the progress
Canadian distance record
Microtunnelling can save costs, surface disruption and inconvenience to the public, while the distances that can be covered are increasing. Julian Champkin looks at a 5km project in Canada and asks whether the technique can stretch even further
Rock Mass Classification Systems
Rock mass’ refers to an accumulation of rock material separated by rock discontinuities, mostly by joints, bedding planes, dyke intrusions and faults. When a rock mass is intersected by a sufficiently large number of weak planes such that rock-mass behaviour is not controlled by failure on individual planes, the mass’s behaviour will tend towards the continuum type of behaviour again. However, the numerous planes in the mass (usually weaker than the rock material), will significantly influence rock behaviour. In such cases, rock mass classification is commonly used to evaluate the rock mass behaviour.
BTS celebrates 50 years
In February 2021, the British Tunnelling Society will be 50. To celebrate, it is compiling a major retrospective to chart half a century of momentous advances in tunnelling, recording the changes through the eyes of tunnellers. George Demetri takes a look
Not going viral
Many feared the outbreak of Covid-19 would wreak havoc on the tunnelling sector so how has it fared during the coronavirus pandemic? Perhaps not as disastrously as feared. Julian Champkin investigates
Two-Way Tunnelling in Seoul
Great Train Express (GTX) is a proposed high-speed commuter line with shared infrastructure that will connect new towns around the greater Seoul Metropolitan Area with the capital. It is the first project in Korea to use a large-bore TBM. Dr Warren Wangryul Jee, chairman and tunnel project manager of GTS-Korea, reports
Up the junction, round the bend
While pushing a preformed portal box through an excavation has been done before, a Network Rail project demands that it be done on a curve – and that hugely increases the complexity. Julian Champkin reports
Extending the Tamoios highway
Located mostly in Brazilian rainforest, the Tamoios highway and tunnel project is of critical importance to the Brazilian economy. It was the subject of the BTSYM talk in September given by project director Pedro Soares dos Anjos. Report by Divik Bandopadhyaya of London Bridge Associates
Automation, AI and the future of tunneling
Modern, mechanised tunnelling methods have had an enormous economic, environmental and cultural impact globally. To sustain long-term growth in tunnelling operations, industry and academia are researching new technologies to better handle challenging conditions. Among these, automation and artificial intelligence have an essential and promising role in the future of underground construction.