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|NEWS||TUST Special Issue - Tunnel Boring Machines in Difficult Grounds and TUST Virtual Special Issue - Development and Application of Tunnel Boring Machines in the Last 30 Years are freely available until November 30, 2016 on ScienceDirect|
Following the success of the First International Conference on “Tunnel Boring Machines in Difficult Grounds” in Singapore in November 2015 and the ongoing second conference in this series in Istanbul Turkey in November 2016 (TBM DiGs 2016), the Third International Conference on “Tunnel Boring Machines in Difficult Grounds” (TBM DiGs 2017) will be held in Wuhan China in November 2017.
Tunnel boring machines (TBM) are increasingly used for tunnelling with difficult and complex geological conditions, including rock and soil mixed and interfaced grounds, spalling and bursting rocks, squeezing and swelling grounds, blocky and highly fractured rocks, fault and shear zones, and grounds under high in situ stress and water pressure. Improvement and optimisation of TBM’s performance in those difficult ground conditions require good scientific understanding, innovative technology development and good engineering practice, that involve tunnelling and geotechnical engineers, designers and contractors, TBM manufacturers and material suppliers, and researchers.
TBM DiGs is planned to be an international conference series to provide a specialised technological forum discussing and exchanging knowledge related to TBM works in difficult grounds. The conference plans to cover a wide range including characterisation of difficult grounds, field observations and case studies, physical and laboratory tests, numerical modelling and techniques, treatments of difficult grounds, TBM design and installation, tunnel support design, monitoring and risk management. TBM DiGs 2017 is the third conference in this series.
TBM DiGs 2017 is jointly organised by the universities and the industrial companies, supported by the tunnelling community worldwide, and interested in TBM tunnelling technologies. The Organisers would like to welcome researchers and practitioners involved with TBM tunnelling to the TBM DiGs 2017 conference to share, to cooperate, and to progress.
Chair, TBM DiGs 2017 Organising Committee
Chair, TBM DiGs 2017 Scientific Committee