1st Edition

Handbook on Tunnels and Underground Works Volume 1: Concept – Basic Principles of Design

    414 Pages 143 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

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    The book provides a new, global, updated, thorough, clear and practical risk-based approach to tunnelling design and construction methods, and discusses detailed examples of solutions applied to relevant case histories. It is organized in three sequential and integrated volumes:

    • Volume 1: Concept – Basic Principles of Design
    • Volume 2: Construction – Methods, Equipment, Tools and Materials
    • Volume 3: Case Histories and Best Practices

    The book covers all aspects of tunnelling, giving useful and practical information about design (Volume 1), construction (Volume 2) and best practices (Volume 3). It provides the following features and benefits:

    • updated vision on tunnelling design, tools, materials and construction
    • balanced mix of theory, technology and applied experience
    • different and harmonized points of view from academics, professionals and contractors
    • easy consultation in the form of a handbook
    • risk-oriented approach to tunnelling problems.

    The tunnelling industry is amazingly widespread and increasingly important all over the world, particularly in developing countries. The possible audience of the book are engineers, geologists, designers, constructors, providers, contractors, public and private customers, and, in general, technicians involved in the tunnelling and underground works industry. It is also a suitable source of information for industry professionals, senior undergraduate and graduate students, researchers and academics.

    1. Introduction 2. Risk management in tunnelling 3. Input data: geology and hydrogeology 4. Input data: geotechnics 5. Environmental aspects 6. Occupational Health and Safety aspects 7. Preliminary risk assessment 8. Construction methods 9. Computational methods 10. Assessment of excavation-related hazards and design of mitigation measures 11. Monitoring during construction 12. Maintenance and refurbishment of existing tunnels 13. Project acceptance strategy


    Mr. Renato Casale is currently CEO at EnginSoft SpA, based in Trento (Italy), and President of the Editorial Board at SIG (Italian Tunneling Association) of "Handbook on Design and Construction of Tunnels ". Prior to this he was Senior Advisor at SWS Group, based in Trento (Italy), President of the Organizing Committee of WTC 2019 at SIG (Italian Tunneling Association) and Senior Engineer at Rocksoil (worldwide known design company in the underground infrastructures). Prior to this was Vice President and Chief of Rail Research Department at Ducati Energia S.p.A., based in Bologna (Italy) from June 2014 to June 2017 and, from May 2016 to May 2017, CEO at Telefin s.p.a., railway telecommunication company, owned by Ducatienergia Group. Prior to this, Mr. Casale worked as an Executive with Ferrovie Dello Stato Italiane Group from 1979 until April 2014. Mr. Casale was Director of special projects at Ferrovie Dello Stato Italiane SpA from October 2013 until April 2014. Prior to this, Mr. Casale was CEO of Italferr SpA, company of Ferrovie Dello Stato Italiane Group, from May 2007 until September 2013. Italferr, the engineering Company of Italian State Railways Group (Gruppo Ferrovie dello Stato Italiane), is a market leader in the field of multi-disciplinary services and comprehensive designs in the railways. Prior to this, Mr. Casale was Chief Investment Officer of Rete Ferroviara Italiana (RFI) from April 2000 until April 2007, which is the company of the Ferrovie dello Stato Group with the public role of Infrastructure Manager. Previously, he was Designer, Site Engineer and Project Manager at Ferrovie Dello Stato Italiane, from October 1989 until March 2000. Prof. Daniele Peila graduated cum laude as Mining Engineer in 1987, at Politecnico di Torino where, after a period as field engineer in construction firms, he become before research assistant and then professor. He presently is Full Professor at Politecnico di Torino teaching “Tunnelling” and “Reinforcements of soil and rock”. He is Director of the Post-graduate Master Course on “Tunnelling and Tunnel Boring Machines” and chair of the laboratory “Tunnelling and Underground Space”. He has been vice-president of International Tunnelling and Underground Space Association and, presently, acts as vice-president Italian Tunnelling Association and member of many editorial of international journals. His fields of specialization are: tunnelling (conventional and mechanized), mining and rock-fall protection. In these fields he acted as person in charge of many research projects and is author of more than 250 papers published on both international journals and congress proceedings. Furthermore, he is often called upon to give worldwide lectures and seminars for events organized by international Universities as well as by cultural associations and to act as key note speaker. Andrea Pigorini is an experienced mining engineer that has been working for more than 30 years in design and construction of important infrastructural project in Italy and abroad, with a specific deep experience in tunneling and underground works. He formerly worked in construction companies and he completed his professional background, working for a leading geotechnical engineering company, where he was in charge as designer and project manager of several road, railway and metro tunneling projects. He has been working at Italferr since 2002 and he has been the responsible for Tunneling Design Department from 2002 to 2015 and since 2015 he is the responsible for the Civil Infrastructural Engineering Department. He was also involved from 2011 to 2017 in the construction of the Brenner Base tunnel, as project manager in charge of the supervision of the works of 2 construction lots. Since 2013, he is the President of the Italian Tunnelling Society, a scientific association sharing technical and scientific knowledge in engineering, design and construction of tunnels and underground works. He carried out several training sessions on tunnelling and he has been author of several papers on tunnel design and construction aspects, published in technical journals and international/national congress proceedings Enrico Maria Pizzarotti, MEng. graduated at Politecnico di Milano in 1983, and has over a thirty-five years’ experience in planning and consultancy of large underground and geotechnical works, including both conventional and mechanized tunnels, underground caverns and stations, also in urban area, among which the Brenner Basis Tunnel (Italian side). Chairman of the BoD, Legal Representative and Technical Director of the engineering company Pro Iter S.r.l. based in Milan and member of the ExCom and SG of SIG, of which he is the animator of the Working Group 2 - Research. He has been speaker in numerous seminars and conferences, author of numerous articles and technical publications and co-author of the book Engineering Geology for Underground Works – Springer 2014.