Introduction to Tunnel Construction

2nd Edition

David Chapman, Nicole Metje, Alfred Stark, David N. Chapman, Nicole Metje, Alfred Stark

CRC Press
Published December 18, 2017
Textbook - 425 Pages
ISBN 9781498766241 - CAT# K29134
Series: Applied Geotechnics

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Tunnelling provides a robust solution to a variety of engineering challenges. It is a complex process, which requires a firm understanding of the ground conditions as well as the importance of ground-structure interaction. This book covers the full range of areas related to tunnel construction required to embark upon a career in tunnelling. It also includes a number of case studies related to real tunnel projects, to demonstrate how the theory applies in practice. New features of this second edition include: the introduction of a case study related to Crossrail’s project in London, focussing on the Whitechapel and Liverpool Street station tunnels and including considerations of building tunnels in a congested urban area; and further information on recent developments in tunnel boring machines, including further examples of all the different types of machine as well as multi-mode machines.

The coverage includes:

  • Both hard-rock and soft-ground conditions
  • Site investigation, parameter selection, and design considerations
  • Methods of improving the stability of the ground and lining techniques
  • Descriptions of the various main tunnelling techniques
  • Health and safety considerations
  • Monitoring of tunnels during construction
  • Description of the latest tunnel boring machines
  • Case studies with real examples, including Crossrail’s project in London

Clear, concise, and heavily illustrated, this is a vital text for final-year undergraduate and MSc students and an invaluable starting point for young professionals and novices in tunnelling.


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