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EMERGINGTRENDS, REQUIREMENTS AND CHALLENGES

KEY TRENDS AND DEVELOPMENTS

  • What have been the key trends and developments in the tunnelling sector?
  • What are the new opportunities? What is the future outlook?
  • What are the key issues and challenges?

CONTRACTORS’ PERSPECTIVE: CONSTRUCTION EXPERIENCE AND CHALLENGES

  • What has been the experience of contractors?
  • What have been the key challenges and lessons learnt?
  • What are their expectations from the government and other stakeholders?

INVESTIGATION AND SURVEY REQUIREMENTS: NEW TECHNIQUES AND INNOVATIONS

  • What are the investigation and survey requirements for tunneling projects?
  • What are the advancements in instruments and techniques for geotechnical investigations?
  • What are the key challenges? How can they be addressed?

FOCUS ON TECHNOLOGY: TRENDS, INNOVATIONS AND NEW OPPORTUNITIES


TUNNEL BORING MACHINE (TBM) TECHNOLOGY

  • What has been the experience with TBM technology? What are its specific features (in terms of cost per km, equipment, material & manpower requirements, etc.)?
  • What are the recent trends and advancements in this field? What are the global best practices?
  • What are the key issues and challenges? What is the future outlook?

NEW AUSTRIAN TUNNELING METHOD

  • What has been the experience with NATM? What are its specific features (in terms of cost per km, equipment, material &manpower requirements, etc.)?
  • What are the recent trends and advancements in this field? What are the global best practices?
  • What are the key issues and challenges? What is the future outlook?

MICRO TUNNELLING

  • What has been the experience with micro-tunnelling? What are its specific features (in terms of cost per km, equipment, material & manpower requirements, etc.)?
  • What are the recent trends and advancements in this field? What are the global best practices?
  • What are the key issues and challenges? What is the future outlook?

DRILL AND BLAST METHOD (DBM)

  • What has been the experience with DBM? What are its specific features (in terms of cost per km, equipment, material & manpower requirements, etc.)?
  • What are the recent trends and advancements in this field? What are the global best practices?
  • What are the key issues and challenges? What is the future outlook?
FOCUS ON KEY SECTORS: EXPERIENCE SO FAR, UPCOMING PROJECTS AND CHALLENGES

METRO RAIL TUNNELS

  • What has been the experience with metro rail tunnel construction?
  • What are the most suitable techniques and methods? What are the new trends and advancements?
  • What are the upcoming projects and opportunities? What is the segment outlook?
  • What are the key challenges and lessons learnt?

ROAD TUNNELS

  • What has been the experience with road tunnel construction?
  • What are the most suitable techniques and methods? What are the new trends and advancements?
  • What are the upcoming projects and opportunities? What is the segment outlook?
  • What are the key challenges and lessons learnt?

RAIL TUNNELS

  • What has been the experience with rail tunnel construction?
  • What are the most suitable techniques and methods? What are the new trends and advancements?
  • What are the upcoming projects and opportunities? What is the segment outlook?
  • What are the key challenges and lessons learnt?

WATER SUPPLY AND SEWAGE TUNNELS

  • What has been the experience with water and sewage tunnel construction?
  • What are the most suitable techniques and methods? What are the new trends and advancements?
  • What are the upcoming projects and opportunities? What is the segment outlook?
  • What are the key challenges and lessons learnt?

HYDRO TUNNELS

  • What has been the experience with hydro tunnel construction?
  • What are the most suitable techniques and methods? What are the new trends and advancements?
  • What are the upcoming projects and opportunities? What is the segment outlook?
  • What are the key challenges and lessons learnt?

IRRIGATION TUNNELS

  • What has been the experience with irrigation tunnel construction?
  • What are the most suitable techniques and methods? What are the new trends and advancements?
  • What are the upcoming projects and opportunities? What is the segment outlook?
  • What are the key challenges and lessons learnt?

EMERGING FOCUS AREAS

NEW MATERIALS AND DESIGN

  • What are the new and emerging material requirements (steel- and fibre-reinforced polymer active anchors, steel passive anchors, etc.) for tunnel construction?
  • What are the new options and innovations in tunnel design?
  • What are the cost savings that can be achieved? What are some of the global advances?

TUNNELLING IN DIFFICULT TERRAINS: NEW SOLUTIONS AND TECHNOLOGIES

  • What has been the tunnelling experience in difficult terrains (the Himalayan region, Western Ghats, etc.)?
  • What are the most promising and relevant technologies for tunnel construction in these areas? What are the key challenges and lessons learnt?
  • What are the new trends and advancements? What are some of the noteworthy projects?

HVAC AND SAFETY REQUIREMENTS

  • What are the current HVAC and safety requirements for tunnel construction?
  • What are the technological advancements in this field?
  • What can be learnt from the global experience?

MONITORING AND CONTROL SYSTEMS (3-D monitoring, SMUTI, RCMS, remote blast monitoring, etc.)

  • What are the different types of technologies and equipment available formonitoring and control of tunnelling activity? 
  • How has been the uptake of such solutions so far? What benefits can be derived from these?
  • What are the new trends and advancements? What are the global best practices?

EQUIPMENT AND PROJECT SHOWCASE

EMERGING EQUIPMENT REQUIREMENTS (TBMs, excavator, drill rigs, cranes, loaders,
roadheaders, shotcrete machines, etc.)

  • What are the emerging trends and advancements in the equipment segment?
  • How is the industry gearing up to meet the emerging equipment requirements for tunnel construction?
  • What are the key issues and challenges?

SHOWCASE OF NOTEWORTHY PROJECTS

  • What are some of the noteworthy/landmark tunnel projects?
  • What are their key characteristics (construction technique/method, project cost, shape, completion period, etc.)?
  • What have been the biggest challenges? What lessons can be learnt from the experience of these projects?
 
       
 
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