Tunnelling projects in underground mines and civil engineering projects must be overseen by top-class engineers.

TunnellingTunnelling – Underground mines, and many types of major civil engineering projects, make extensive use of tunnelling as a means to move ore, personnel, equipment, vehicles, water, and many other items from one place to another. Because tunnelling is often performed at great depths, especially in the case of underground mines, these structures are subject to high levels of stress and pressure.

Reducing the potential risks and hazards associated with tunnelling at great depths, or through hills and mountains, requires that the planning and oversight of these projects is performed by highly skilled people with the relevant qualifications and experience.

Rock and soil, especially soft soil, deposits do not always react well to being disturbed. Due to this, immediate and appropriate support must be provided as part of the tunnelling process. Deciding on the correct type and level of support for any given situation requires an intensive understanding of rock and soil dynamics and behaviour.

At RockEng, our engineers are suitably qualified, experienced, and have a thorough working knowledge of tunnelling practices, especially the widely practiced umbrella arch/forepoling/spiling support methods, and are able to add value to projects that make use of fully mechanised tunnelling techniques via boring machines, conventional techniques using road headers/tunnel excavators, or a mixture of both.

Contact us if you are planning a project that includes a substantial element of tunnelling and other underground rock engineering. Our specialist engineering professionals have the knowledge, expertise and experience to assist you with all stages of a tunnelling project, from planning and design to execution, construction and ongoing maintenance and control.