1st Edition

Tunneling in Rock by Drilling and Blasting

Edited By Alex Spathis, R.N. Gupta Copyright 2013

    Tunnelling in Rock by Drilling and Blasting presents the latest developments in the excavation of tunnels using the drilling and blasting method. Examples of work conducted throughout the world including the Indian sub-continent, Australia, and Sweden amongst others are discussed. These tunnel projects serve to illustrate the challenges  and importance of drilling accuracy, the effect of geology, methods of vibration prediction and control, and techniques for assessing tunnel performance in terms of overbreak and underbreak, advance and rock mass damage. A number of case studies demonstrate the ingenuity required to successfully excavate tunnels in demanding circumstances. Finally, an overview is provided of the software tools and IT, and the explosives and initiation products used to implement tunnel blast designs.

    Tunnelling in Rock by Drilling and Blasting is the outcome of the workshop, Tunnelling in Rock by Drilling and Blasting, hosted by the 10th International Symposium on Rock Fragmentation by Blasting (Fragblast 10, November 2010, New Delhi, India), and is essential reading for researchers and practitioners in tunnelling in rock by drilling and blasting.

    Organising Institution

    High precision drilling
    A. Östberg

    Improved tunneling performance through smarter drilling and design
    M.B. Lovitt & A.H. Collins

    Rapid excavation of tunnels using innovative drilling and blasting techniques
    A.K. Mishra & R.N. Gupta

    Blasting works in urban areas—A Singapore case study
    F.I. Manolas & T. Arusu

    Tunnelling through adverse geological condition: A case study
    B.M. Gupta, A.N. Sreekumar & S.K. Tripathi

    Controlled blasting for a new tunnel near an existing railway tunnel
    R.N. Gupta & A.K. Raina

    Introducing specialized blasting techniques and sequences of excavation in tunneling works under critical conditions
    M.M. Singh, N.K. Bhagat & S.K. Mandal

    Controlling shock waves and vibrations during large and intensive blasting operations under Stockholm City
    D. Jonson

    Vibration measurements and modelling for blasting in a hard rock tunnel
    A.T. Spathis & M. Rothery

    Multiple seed blast vibration modeling for tunnel blasting in urban environments
    R. Yang & D.B. Kay

    Geometric assessment of perimeter control blasting in tunnels
    A.T. Spathis

    Controlled blasting for underground hydroelectric projects—NIRM experience
    H.S. Venkatesh, R. Balachander, G. Gopinath & A.I. Theresraj

    Investigation of cracks in domestic houses near construction project in the Himalaya, India: A case study
    H.K. Verma, R.K. Goel, V.V.R. Prasad, S. Dutta, A. Bhardwaj & K.C. Upadhyay

    IT & its role in underground blasting—an overview & future insights
    A.K. Raina

    Author index


    Alex Spathis, R.N. Gupta