1st Edition

Handbook on Tunnels and Underground Works Volume 3: Case Histories and Best Practices

    720 Pages 632 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    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: Vol. 1: “Concept – Basic Principles of Design” Vol. 2: “Construction – Methods, Equipment, Tools and Materials” Vol. 3: “Case Histories and Best Practices.”

    The book covers all aspects of tunnelling, giving useful and practical information about design (Vol. 1), construction (Vol. 2) and best practices (Vol. 3). It provides the following features and benefits: 1) updated vision on tunnelling design, tools, materials and construction 2) balanced mix of theory, technology and applied experience 3) different and harmonized points of view from academics, professionals and contractors 4) easy consultation in the form of a handbook 5) 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. Line C in Rome: design and construction of the tunnels. 

    E. Romani, F.P. Di Paola, M. D’Angelo, V. Foti, M. Cervone & L. Sidera


    2. Analysis of the subsidence and securing of the historical complex of Ca 'Granda during the underpass by the TBM-EPB of the Milan underground metro line n.4. 

    Francesco Venza, Guido Mannella, Alessio Bortolussi


    3. Analysis of the subsidence induced by TBM-EPB excavation during the construction of 2°section of Milan underground line 5. 

    Francesco Venza, Davide Fraccaroli


    4. Design and construction aspects of Milan underground Line 5 – passing over the Bovisa-Dateo railway tunnel. 

    Paolo Galvanin, Andrea Socci


    5. Design and construction of an urban tunnel in Rabat, Morocco. 

    Adriano R Fava, Marco Ghidoli


    6. Naples Underground Line No. 1. 

    V. Manassero, F. Giannelli, S. Spada


    7. HS/HC railway line passing beneath Bologna city: EPB-TBM tunneling in a highly urbanized area. 

    F. Iannotta, F. Martelli, A. Pigorini & A. Sciotti


    8. The Scianina-Tracoccia railway tunnel: the study of a complex tunnel -slope interaction. 

    A. Sciotti & A. Pigorini


    9. Venezia Station. 

    P. Lunardi, G. Cassani, C.L. Zenti


    10. The new Bressanone ring road. 

    E.M. Pizzarotti & M. Rivoltini


    11. Napoli Metro - Line 6. 

    A. Di Luccio, G. Molisso, S. Aversa, E. Bilotta, G. Russo, C. Viggiani


    12. Copenaghen Cityringen Metro Line – Effects of tunnel excavation on existing metro line and historical buildings. 


    A. Damiani, S. Cavagnet


    13. Brenner Base Tunnel - Soil improvement techniques in the Isarco River Underpass construction lot. 

    A. Voza, A. Marottoli, R. Marrazzo


    14. Design of two tunnels in the Apennine area along the road SS63 “del Cerreto”. 

    P. Mazzalai & L. Schiavinato


    15. Follo Line Project. 

    P.Ricci, S.Santarelli, L.Schiavinato, A.Polli, M.Tanzillo


    16. Brenner Base Tunnel - Crossing the Periadriatic Seam. 

    A. Voza, D. Marini, G. Barovero


    17. Brenner Base Tunnel - Construction lots Aica-Mules and Mules 2-3 -. 

    A. Voza , H. Egger, S. Skuk, G. Malucelli, M. Lanconelli


    18. TBM excavation of schistose rock mass under high cover: lessons learned from the Frejus Safety Tunnel. 

    S. Fuoco, G.W. Bianchi & S. Torresani


    19. The Mont-Cenis Base Tunnel exploratory programme: the Saint-Martin-la-Porte and Maddalena tunnels. 

    Lorenzo Brino


    20. Tunnelling in a landslide-affected slope: the Val di Sambro case-history. 

    D. Boldini, D. Spizzichino


    21. Sparvo Tunnel. 

    G. Cassani, G. Lunardi, M. Gatti, L. Scolavino


    22. Raticosa Tunnel. 

    P. Lunardi, G. Cassani, A. Amadi, C.L. Zenti


    23. The most challenging underground project in Southern Italy: Pavoncelli-bis water tunnel. 

    G. Giacomin, R. d’Angelis, S. Di Nocera, F. Matano


    24. The Terzo Valico: the new high speed/ high capacity railway line Milano - Genova. 

    G. Cassani, G. Lunardi, A. Bellocchio, F. Pennino, N. Meistro, F. Poma


    25. Innovative soil reinforcement method of loose sand and silty ground: the construction of the new “Serra dell’Ospedale” twin tunnels along the Salerno-Reggio Calabria highway. 

    S. Pelizza


    26. The Caltanissetta motorway twin tunnel: a 15.08m EPBS-TBM bore. 

    S. Pelizza, G. Kalamaras, A. Antonelli


    27. Underground Disposal of Asbestos Contaminated Muck: The Case of The Cesana Road Tunnel (Turin – Italy). 

    C. Alessio, P.L. Carlucci, G. Kalamaras & S. Pelizza


    28. Santa Lucia Tunnel. 

    G. Cassani, M. Gatti, R. Tomasi, A. Cullaciati, I. Menegola


    29. The Genzano tunnel of the Basento-Bradano water system. 

    D. Carlaccini, S. Sacconi, V. De Gori,  S. Miliziano


    30. Favazzina Tunnel / Melia Shaft – Horizontal / Vertical excavation. 

    C. Silvestri, F. Bellone & G. Carletti


    31. Double Shield TBM Tunnelling on the Follo Line Project. 

    Ing. Giovanni Giacomin, Dr. Ing. Matteo Ortu & Ing. Massimo Maffucci


    32. Widening the Nazzano motorway tunnel. 

    G. Lunardi, G. Cassani, C.L. Zenti


    33. Tunnel Widening: the case of Montedomini Tunnel. 

    G. Lunardi, G. Cassani, P. Mele


    34. Ground freezing technique for the rehabilitation of the Cassia - Monte Mario tunnel. 

    A. Pigorini & A. Sciotti


    Emilio Bilotta graduated cum laude as Civil Engineer at the University of Napoli Federico II and he got his PhD degree in Geotechnical Engineering from the University of Roma La Sapienza. He is currently Associate Professor at the Department of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering of the University of Napoli Federico II, where he holds courses of Fundamentals of geotechnical engineering for undergraduates and of Tunnels and underground structures and Underground constructions for postgraduates. His main research interests concern tunnelling in urban areas, tunnels under seismic actions, ground improvement for seismic mitigation.

    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).

    Claudio Giulio di Prisco, graduated at Politecnico di Milano, he developed his doctoral thesis under the supervision of Prof. Roberto Nova at Politecnico di Torino. He collaborated with Prof. Ioannis Vardoulakis and prof. Elias Aifantis. He is Full Professor of Geotechnics and Slope Stability at Politecnico di Milano since 2005 and from 2015, at the same University, Director of the Master on Tunnel Engineering.

    Salvatore Miliziano is Professor in Advanced Soil Mechanics, Director of 2nd Level Master in Geotechnical Design and Member of Teaching College of PhD Course in Structural and Geotechnical Engineering of Sapienza, University of Rome. His research activities span from theoretical studies to practical applications. He is author of more than 100 scientific papers published in national and international Journals and conference proceedings. Salvatore is scientific head of several Research Projects at Sapienza University involving, among others, several tunnelling projects worldwide.

    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”.

    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.

    Enrico Maria Pizzarotti, graduated at Politecnico di Milano in 1983, has over 35 years of 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 is the Brenner Base Tunnel (Italian side). He is Chairman of the BoD, Legal Representative and Technical Director of the engineering company Pro Iter S.r.l. based in Milan and a member of the ExCom and SG of SIG, of which he is the animator of the Working Group 2 – Research.