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The Design and Construction of Tunnels and Shafts in Rock

Vincent D. Reynolds, MBA, PE

Tunnels and shafts are used to provide a means of transport of people, and materials. The uses of tunnels and shafts ranges from vehicular, pedestrian and utility uses. Oftentimes tunnels and shafts have to be placed in rock, which can then create the need for additional design, planning and construction criteria than tunnels through soil.

This 15-hour course will discuss the design and construction of tunnels and shafts in rock. The effects of groundwater, poisonous gasses, and temperature will be discussed. Examples are given in the text which provides further details of the calculations.

This course can be used by anyone with an interest in mining, tunneling, hydrology, structural, environmental, transportation and geotechnical engineering. This course is also perfect for those individuals working on or in an area that utilizes tunnels and shafts. After reading this course the student will know the basic information regarding tunnels and shafts in rock.

The course materials are based solely on the Army Corps of Engineers Engineer Manual “Tunnels and Shafts In Rock” as found on the website of the Army Corps of Engineers.

This course includes a multiple-choice quiz at the end, which is designed to enhance the understanding of course materials.

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