ICE - Rock Engineering - Between a rock and a hard place

9th February 2021 6:15 pm

Using case studies from Scotland, and around the world, Christopher Jack, Technical Director from COWI, will highlight rock engineering challenges and how these were overcome. Note: some projects will be anonymised due to confidentiality requirements.

• The problems that faults, dykes and associated weathering can cause to tunnelling projects (e.g. stability, construction issues and groundwater inflow) will be highlighted through case studies from Scotland and Sweden.

• The significant impact karstic conditions can have on a project will be explored with reference to a hydroelectric tunnel in Central America. In addition, the failings in geological understanding within the project that contributed to the problem will be discussed.

• The huge impact that water-sensitive rocks can have on tunnelling projects will be illustrated by another case study from Central America.

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