Practical Guide to Rock Tunneling

A practical road map for the design, construction and operations of tunnels in rock, particularly for young professionals.

Features

 

  • Provides practical tips from experience for the entire spectrum of tunnel engineering for rock tunnels

  • Explains all stages of tunnel project and tunnel engineer's role for young professionals

  • Provides approaches for the recognition of poor quality rock for unlined rock tunnels

  • Provides newly developed methods of technical analyses

  • Provides key steps for inspection of operating tunnels

 

Summary

 

This Practical Guide to Rock Tunneling fills an important void in the literature for a practical guide to the design and construction of tunnels in rock.

Practical Guide to Rock Tunneling takes the reader through all the critical steps of the design and construction for rock tunnels starting from geotechnical site investigations through to construction supervision. The guide provides suggestions and recommendations for practitioners on special topics of laboratory testing, durability of rock and acceptance for unlined water conveyance tunnels, overstressing or deep and long tunnels, risk-based evaluation of excavation methods, contract strategies, and post-construction inspections. Key considerations and lessons learned from selected case projects are presented based on the author’s extensive international experience of over 30 years and 1000 km of tunneling for civil, hydropower, and mining infrastructure, including some of the most recognized projects in the world to date.

Instead of revisiting all theory and concepts that can be found in other sources, this book contains the hard learned lessons from the author’s experience in the field of Rock Tunneling, gathered over 30 years of service.

Reviews

 

Practical Guide to Rock Tunneling” is exactly that, a useful tool and guide for practitioners in the tunnel business. This book provides insight into nearly every subject and for all steps of a rock tunnel project from planning through construction and operations and inspection. This book is a valuable reference for owners/clients, as it includes discussion of subjects such as: project planning, costing, scheduling, and risk assessment, never covered in classic technical books. Excellent photographs and graphics are contained throughout the book, which clearly illustrate the author’s message from practical experience on the multitude of subjects.

This book provides guidance on the current up-to-date state-of-the-practice in rock tunneling discussing

innovations of the last decade from televiewer logging of bore holes, LiDAR aerial surveys for geological fault mapping, proper photography of rock core, to the modern use of fiber reinforcement in pre-cast concrete segments. New technical evaluation and graphical methods are presented for overstressing and squeezing of deep tunnels as part of constructability assessments. A good discussion, illustrated with photographs, of the importance of rock durability is provided. The acceptability of unlined tunnels for water conveyance and criteria to consider are discussed.

This book is based on 30 years of practical experience of investigation, design, construction, and operation of rock tunnels coupled with a thorough review of the literature. “Practical Guide to Rock Tunneling” should be part of all tunnel practitioner’s libraries; this includes staff engineers, geologists, project managers, and owners.

 

Don W. Deere, P.E.
Denver, Colorado

by CRC Press (Taylor Francis Group)
Reference - 248 Pages
ISBN 9781138629981 - CAT# K32060

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Dean has an undergraduate degree in Geological Engineering from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada (1985) and a Masters Degree in Engineering Rock Mechanics with Distinction from Imperial College, University of London, England (1990). Dean is a registered Professional Engineer with the Engineers and Geoscientists of British Columbia, and the Association of Professional Engineers of the Yukon.

 

Dean started his career in the underground deep-level gold mining industry in South Africa learning and dealing with highly stressed ground and the daily occurrences of rockbursting. Dean also lived and worked for extended periods in Hong Kong and Switzerland involved with the design and construction of a variety of large and deep underground excavations associated with major transportation projects.

 

Dean was involved on such world famous underground projects including the Lesotho Highlands Water Project, the Hong Kong Airport Core Projects, and the Gotthard Base Rail Tunnel.

 

Dean regularly attends and presents at industry conferences including the International Tunneling Association (ITA) World Tunnel Congress, Rapid Excavation and Tunneling Conference (RETC), North American Tunneling (NAT), Tunneling Association of Canada (TAC), and the British Tunneling Society (BTS). Recent presentations, lectures, and seminars have included:

 

 

  • ITA Training Seminar on Risk Management Practice for Underground Projects, Chilean Tunneling Association, Santiago, 2017

  • ITA Training Seminar on Contract and Risk Management Practice, Nepal Tunneling Association Conference, Kathmandu, 2016.

  • Cutting Edge Conference, New York - Groundwater Control in Tunneling, Highly Acidic Groundwater Challenges at the World's Highest Tunnel, Pascua Lama Mine Project, Chile/Argentina, 2014. 

  • British Tunneling Society (BTS) Conference, London - Design and Construction Challenges at the World's Highest Tunnel, Pascua Lama Mine Project, Chile/Argentina, 2014. 

  • ITA World Tunnel Congress, Iguassu Falls, Brazil – Training Session Lecturer – Lessons Learned from the Design, Construction and Operation of Hydropower Tunnels. 2014

  • Clean Energy BC – Conference Presenter – Innovation in Hydropower Design, Water Conveyances - Tunnels and Shafts, 2013

  • UBC Geological Engineering Course – Guest Lecturer, 2013 and Past

  • Tunneling Association of Canada – Conference Presenter 1998-2012

  • Swiss-Canadian Chamber of Commerce Presentation, Construction of the 57 km Gotthard Base Rail Tunnel in Switzerland and Tunneling in British Columbia, 2011.

  • George Fox Tunnel Conference – Presenter, New York, 2011

  • BC Institute of Technology (BCIT) – Construction Management Course – Guest Lecturer

  • Rapid Excavation and Tunneling Conference (RETC) – Presenter (2003-2011)

  • North American Tunneling (NAT) Conference – Presenter (2004-2010)