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The seminar will have two subjects: Strength Monitoring Using Thermal Imaging (SMUTI) and long-term monitoring of shotcrete tunnels. SMUTI is an innovation that improves the safety and productivity of sprayed concrete lined tunnelling. SMUTI has won numerous awards, including two NCE Tunnelling Awards and an innovation award from ITA Austria in 2016, and an ITA Award in 2017.
The seminar will describe how it works with examples from projects where it has been used. The second part will present the results of 20 years of monitoring stresses and strains in the Heathrow Express Terminal 4 Station Concourse tunnel.
The results show not only what happened to the shotcrete primary lining during construction, but also what happens in the medium and long-term. This unique case study will be of great value to designers of future tunnels, particularly what it tells us about development of load over time, and load-sharing between the primary and secondary linings.
This seminar is free of charge.
No prior registration is required. Seats are allocated on first-come, first-served basis.
Dr Jones is the inventor of Strength Monitoring Using Thermal Imaging (SMUTI), an innovation that improves the safety and productivity of sprayed concrete lined tunnelling.
Benoit has authored more than 50 articles and papers on sprayed concrete, face stability, numerical modelling, and instrumentation and monitoring of tunnels. He has been awarded the Institution of Civil Engineers' Telford Premium prize for outstanding contribution to the civil engineering literature in 2009, and was invited to give the ICE's prestigious Geotechnical Engineering Lecture in both 2010 and 2012.
His experience of tunnelling is very diverse, having worked as a designer for a major consultant, for a contractor, then for a small consultancy, then as a teacher, setting up and running the MSc in Tunnelling and Underground Space at the University of Warwick from 2011 to 2015. He is now the founder and Managing Director of Inbye Engineering, a technology and consultancy company specialising in tunnelling and geotechnics since 2014.