A primary focus in the technological development in underground engineering is to ease the practical execution and to reduce time, cost, and risk in the construction and maintenance of underground facilities such as tunnels and caverns. This can be realized by new design tools for designers, by instant data access for engineers, by virtual prototyping and training for manufacturers, by robotic devices for maintenance, and repair for operators and many more advances.
This volume presents the latest technological innovations in underground design, construction, and operation and comprehensively discusses novelties in ground improvement, simulation, process integration, safety, monitoring, environmental impact, equipment, boring and cutting, personnel training, materials, robotics and more.
The novelties presented are the result of a big research project focused on advancing underground engineering, in which many players in the discipline have been involved. Written in an accessible style and with a focus on applied engineering, this book is aimed at a readership of engineers, consultants, contractors, operators, researchers, manufacturers, suppliers, and clients in the underground engineering business.
It may also be used as educational material for advanced courses in tunneling and underground construction.