2nd Edition

Introduction to Tunnel Construction

ISBN 9781498766241
Published December 18, 2017 by CRC Press
455 Pages

USD $79.95

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Book Description

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.

Table of Contents

Introduction. Site Investigation. Preliminary Analysis. Ground Improvement Techniques and Lining Systems. Tunnel Construction
Techniques. Health and Safety and Risk Management in Tunnelling. Ground Movements and Monitoring. Case Studies.

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David Chapman is Professor of Geotechnical and Underground Engineering at the University of Birmingham, UK.

Nicole Metje is a Reader in Infrastructure Monitoring at the University of Birmingham, UK.

Alfred Stärk is Senior Tunnelling Manager with the tunnelling contractor BeMo Tunnelling GmbH, Innsbruck, Austria.


"The authors have packaged the information with a very wide range of tables, figures, key equations and source references. Many readers will find all they ever wanted to know about tunnel construction without leaving its pages; while those for whom it whets the appetite to dig deeper (pun intended!) will find comprehensive pointers to up-to-date sources of literature elsewhere."

-- Andrew Dawson, Nottingham University, UK