Effect of rock mass quality on construction time in a road tunnel

On the basis of the existing NTNU (Norwegian University of Science and Technology) advance rate model and field experiences, an estimation model which can analyze construction time for a broad range of works related to tunnel construction by drill and blast has been established. The model includes the time spent for excavation, rock support, various installations in the tunnel, and site preparation. The model is developed as a spreadsheet. Furthermore, by the use of the model, analyses on various effects of rock mass quality on construction time and advance rate for four Q-values of 0.01, 0.1, 1.0 and 10.0 on seven sizes of road tunnels applied in Norway were made. The results show that construction time increases up to 30–40% with cross sectional area varying from T5 (35.2 m2) to T12 (86.9 m2) under the assumption that the same Q-value is applicable to the entire tunnel length. Standard advance rate considering the effect of rock mass quality may be about 50% lower for Q = 0.01 than in the case of not considering the same effect in a 3 km tunnel. The gap between the two standard advance rates is gradually decreasing with increased Q-value. (A) Reprinted with permission from Elsevier.

  • Authors:
    • KIM, Y
    • BRULAND, A
  • Publication Date: 2009-9


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  • Accession Number: 01146986
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • Files: ITRD
  • Created Date: Dec 24 2009 8:36AM