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Tunnelling 101 – Learning Series

Focused on introductory topics, the webinar series will strive to teach basic tunnelling themes not often taught in school but beneficial to those working in the industry. If you’re a student, just starting your career, or someone who likes to continually learn, then you’ll be sure to pick-up something new.

Tunnelling 101 –TBM Guidance System

Presentation Overview:

Ever wonder how a tunnel boring machine (TBM) navigates itself underground? After sometimes dozens of kilometers, how does the TBM arrive where we want it within millimeters of tolerance? The answer is the TBM guidance system. Through a combination of surveying, TBM piloting and ring selection, the TBM guidance system helps the crew navigate the underground and keep the machine on track! This presentation shows the most recent progress in TBM Guidance Systems; offering solutions to enhance the quality of tunnel segments and fostering improved interaction between the field and office.

Tunnelling 101 – Introduction to SEM

The New Austrian Tunneling Method (NATM), also referred to as Sequential Excavation Method (SEM) or SCL (sprayed concrete lining), was developed in the 1950s when shotcrete was first used systematically to stabilize squeezing ground in a water diversion tunnel at the Runserau Hydroelectric Power Project in Austria. In the following years, the method was advanced in theory and practice and adapted to be suitable for virtually all ground conditions. Since its first application in an urban environment in the Frankfurt Clay in 1968, means and methods have evolved further and a substantial number of NATM/SEM tunnels have been constructed, many of them in dense urban settings, with adverse ground conditions and low overburden.

SEM is an observational tunneling method which combines a detailed excavation and support design with continuous evaluation of the support’s behavior during construction. The initial support design is adjusted and optimized to improve performance or enhance safety justified by the field observations and gained experience. The design of the initial excavation support is based on the geotechnical information, the geometric requirements, the design codes, assumptions, and loading conditions.

Tunnelling 101 – Machine Learning in Tunnelling – Not If, but When!

Machine Learning (ML) is playing an increasingly role in our personal and professional lives. But what does it mean, exactly? Is it the same as or different from Artificial Intelligence? Can I use it in tunnelling? Will it take my job?! This presentation will introduce how various ML algorithms work, discuss how you could use it in your tunnelling projects, and present some cutting-edge examples of ML in tunnelling projects around the world.

Tunnelling 101 – An Introduction to Geological and Geotechnical Site Investigation and Characterization

Tunneling is a complex process which exposes construction staff to physical/safety risks and owners and contractors to serious financial risk. These risks are directly related to the complexity of the geological and geotechnical conditions along a given tunnel alignment. Thorough site investigation represents a cost-effective means to minimize geotechnical risk associated with tunneling projects. This presentation will provide an introduction to site investigation planning and staging, data collection and testing methods, and interpretation.

Tunnelling 101 – Introduction to Risk Management

Underground construction projects differ from other construction types due to the unique environment in which the construction takes place; it is diverse and fewer risks are foreseeable prior to project implementation. As such, knowing how to manage these risks throughout the project (design through to construction) is critical for the project to be successful. This presentation provides an overview of how risk management can be used in underground construction projects and the benefits it provides in terms of cost and schedule certainty. Through case studies, you’ll see how risks can either completely disrupt project progress or be managed appropriately so that the project can keep moving.

Tunnelling 101 – Drilling and blasting practices in tunnel construction

This 60-minute webinar will introduce technical concepts pertaining to the use of explosives for fragmentation and extraction of rock during the construction of tunnels. The presentation will be divided in two segments: fragmentation and detonation theory, and explosives types and special applications. The first segment will present a broad overview of key concepts associated with rock fragmentation by blasting. This segment answers basic questions such as what causes rock fractures during a blast? Or how important are gases in the fragmentation and projection of broken rock? The second segment will give an overview of the different explosive products used in the industry and present a series of applications pertaining to rock blasting in tunnels. Some case studies will briefly be discussed to highlight some challenges associated with vibrations in urban environments.

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