AF2610 Tunnel Engineering 7.5 credits

Bergteknik och tunnlar

The aim of the course is to provide students with: a broad knowledge in all aspects of tunneling i.e. planning, design and construction; and deeper knowledge in four areas of tunneling: (1) excavation with drilling and blasting method, (2) design of support (3) hydrogeology, water related problems and grouting and (4) tunnel cost and time planning and risk management.


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Content and learning outcomes

Course contents *

  • Problems in tunneling and ground behaviour
  • Tunnel blasting and tunnel production with drill and blast
  • Tunnel support: empirical, GRC, FEM analysis
  • Excavation in sequences, principles and production aspects
  • Ground water problem in tunnelling, Water ingress and Grouting
  • Tunnel cost and time planning,
  • Risk aspects in tunnelling,
  • Sustainability in tunnelling

Intended learning outcomes *

After the course students will be able to:

  • Identify main characteristics of different ground behaviour,
  • Identify and plan tunnel excavation method from technical, production, and sustainability point of view,
  • Design tunnel reinforcement based on empirical, analytical and numerical assessment depending on complexity and acquire a holistic perspective on the design process,
  • Analyse water ingress to tunnels and identify possible water related problems for excavation, as well as plan and implement suitable tunnel draining and/or grouting methods,
  • Analyse cost and time for ordinary tunnels based on risks and construction management principles.

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Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites *

AF 2609 Foundation Engineeringor equivalent course

Recommended prerequisites

AF2602 Rock Mechanicsor equivalent course


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Palmström and Stille: Rock Engineering

Examination and completion

Grading scale *

A, B, C, D, E, FX, F

Examination *

  • TEN1 - Written exam, 4.5 credits, Grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F
  • ÖVNA - Exercises, 3.0 credits, Grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F

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Ten1-examination, 4.5 hp. Grade scale: A-F

Övn1-exercises, 3.0 hp. Grade scale: P,F

Other requirements for final grade *

Approved written exam

Approved exercises

Opportunity to complete the requirements via supplementary examination

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Opportunity to raise an approved grade via renewed examination

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Stefan Larsson

Further information

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Offered by

ABE/Soil- and Rock Mechanics

Main field of study *

Built Environment

Education cycle *

Second cycle

Add-on studies

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Almir Draganovic,

Ethical approach *

  • All members of a group are responsible for the group's work.
  • In any assessment, every student shall honestly disclose any help received and sources used.
  • In an oral assessment, every student shall be able to present and answer questions about the entire assignment and solution.