Assessing the Applicability of Ground-Penetrating Radar to Quality Control in Tunneling Construction

Ground-penetrating radar (GPR) has proved to be a valuable method for tunneling quality management and evaluation. The research literature includes many successful works addressing the use of this technique with the aim to detect the existence of internal pathologies and anomalies. However, most of them have been carried out on tunnels in operation. In these situations, the identification of inner elements and possible damage has been severely limited due to a shallower rebar mesh that complicates the radar data interpretation process. Therefore, this paper presents the evaluation of an excavated high-speed railway tunnel during the early stages of construction instead of considering a finished one. The purpose of the study was to demonstrate the potential of this method when applied during these first critical phases. The results provided noteworthy information: namely, thickness of the gunite layer, lining voids and delamination, moisture problems, and the presence of reinforcing in the tunnel lining. All this information may be useful for civil engineers when they must make a decision on maintenance and prevention tasks.


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  • Accession Number: 01599688
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, ASCE
  • Created Date: Apr 18 2016 9:50AM