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SUSTAINABLE CONSTRUCTION OF UNDERGROUND TRANSPORT INFRASTRUCTURES

Objective

Cut and cover tunnels are a vital tool for the construction of transport infrastructures which are needed for the development of the Trans European Transport Network. This method is widely used for the construction of road/railways tunnels, but it must now satisfy a new set of requirements: urgent need for safer and more cost effective techniques and reduction of environmental impact of the construction (use of natural resources, noise, disruption of traffic, etc). The SCOUT project introduces a breakthrough for the construction of cut-and-cover tunnels, which is characterised by a holistic approach:
-Implementation of the Observational Method for a full control of construction and delays,
-Optimisation of the design, based on the central concept of double-skin structure,
-A radically new construction concept of equipment, with a modular architecture to be used in a large variety of tunnel configurations and soil profiles,
-Development and testing of new applications of composites materials to optimise the efficiency of the structure,
-Establishing a roadmap towards the recycling of excavated materials. The project is driven by industrial partners, and will include the construction of a pilot wall to validate the construction concept and the execution of full scale tests on composite structure members . Project results will decrease construction costs by more than 30% and production lead times by 30%, and will therefore open new perspectives for the construction of cut-and-cover tunnels to create or upgrade new transport infrastructures. They will include:
-Recommendations guides for the optimisation of cut-and-cover projects,
-Guide for the implementation of the Observational Method;
-A breakthrough concept of drilling equipment for the construction of cut-and-cover tunnels,
-New concepts for composite cut-and-cover structure members.

Call for proposal

FP6-2003-TRANSPORT-3
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Coordinator

SOLETANCHE BACHY FRANCE
Address
6 Rue Watford
Nanterre
France

Participants (8)

AITEMIN - ASOCIACIÓN PARA LA INVESTIGACIÓN Y EL DESARROLLO INDUSTRIAL DE LOS RECURSOS NATURALES
Spain
Address
Alenza, 1
Madrid
ASSOCIATION POUR LA RECHERCHE ET LE DÉVELOPPEMENT DES MÉTHODES ET PROCESSUS INDUSTRIELS
France
Address
Boulevard Saint Michel,60
Paris
ECCON, ENGINEERING-COMPUTER-CONSULTING GMBH
Austria
Address
Bahnhofstrasse 26
Nenzing
INSTYTUT BADAWCZY DRÓG I MOSTÓW / ROAD AND BRIDGE RESEARCH INSTITUTE
Poland
Address
80, Jagiellonska Str.
Warsaw
OVE ARUP & PARTNERS LTD
United Kingdom
Address
13 Fitzroy Street
London
RIGA TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY
Latvia
Address
Kalku Str, 1
Riga
S.C. ZIPACON S.R.L.
Romania
Address
Sos. Stefanesti 6-8
Voluntari
SANDVIK MINING AND CONSTRUCTION TOOLS AB
Sweden
Address
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Sandviken