The collapse of a Himalayan highway tunnel in Uttarakhand, India, trapped 40 workers, sparking a challenging rescue operation. The incident occurred on November 12, 2023, and the workers are reported to be in good health, being supplied with food, water, and air through pipes. The affected portion of the tunnel was about 40 meters long, and rescue efforts were hampered by the continued collapse of the roof of the tunnel as they attempted to install a steel casing large enough for the workers to crawl through. The 4.5-km (3-mile) tunnel is being constructed along the Char Dham Hindu pilgrimage route as part of a major road-building initiative by the Indian government. Source: Reuters.
Golder Associates posted the video below describing some of their work on the York University Subway Tunneling Test Monitoring Project, part of the larger Toronto-York Spadina Subway Extension Project in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The tunnels […]
In the mountains of Peru a tunnel-boring machine named â€œPacha Mamaâ€ is grinding through the heart of the Andes under rock as deep as 6,890 ft. It is carving away at a 20.2-kilometer-long tunnel through the South American Continental Divide to deliver water to arid coastal farmland.
This is a really interesting project, known as the Los Olmos project, and a nice little article. Normally for a civil tunnel project you drill geotechnical holes beforehand to know what kind of material you’re dealing with. In this case, because of the depth, they don’t have that luxury, so all decisions will be made on the fly. The depth of the tunnel creates some very challenging rock mechanics and logistics problems as well! (Illustration by Odebrecht)