Development of Virtual Laser Target Board for Tunnel Boring Machine Guidance Control

This research aims to develop a virtual laser target board methodology for tunnel boring machine (TBM) guidance control during tunneling operations. Current practice for TBM guidance using physical laser targets is evaluated. Coupled with a fully automated TBM tracking system resulted from in-house research, the virtual laser target board program is proposed to provide an effective aid for TBM operators and field managers in making critical decisions for tunnel alignment control. Comprehensive data processing procedures are carried out to determine: (1) TBM's position in the underground space, including any registered points on the TBM, e.g. center of TBM's cutter head; (2) tunneling progress; (3) line and grade deviations of the tunnel alignment; and (4) TBM's three-axis body rotations. Field experiments on a 2.4 m diameter TBM were conducted to collect registration data for on-line processing by the virtual laser target board program.


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Media Info

  • Media Type: Web
  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: pp 413-420
  • Monograph Title: Computing in Civil Engineering (2012)

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  • Accession Number: 01501934
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 9780784412343
  • Files: TRIS, ASCE
  • Created Date: Nov 12 2013 2:23PM