Queensland Chapter

Instrumentation in Civil Engineering and Tunnelling Projects

Dr Richard Bassett

Dr Bassett will present a brief introduction to the benefits large tunnelling projects can gain through use of a proper instrumentation regime. The talk will cover the value of quality data in managing construction processes, controlling site safety, assessing risk and enhancing the development of knowledge for future projects. It will be demonstrated using data and examples of how costly over-engineering can be avoided by adopting the “observational method” of construction, the necessity of reliable sensor data within this approach, and the risks inherent to a project in employing a substandard system.

With reference to specific major tunnel projects, Dr Bassett will draw on his experience in the field to demonstrate the quality of data available when instruments are installed and interpreted properly, as well as demonstrating from real tunnelling jobs the dangers of losing valuable data through economizing on instrument arrangements.

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