Tunneling

Bye-Bye to Bertha, the world’s largest tunneling machine

wsdot This time-lapse video captures the difficult and challenging work to disassemble the world’s largest-diameter tunneling machine. For four months, crews cut, hoisted and trucked away 8,000 tons of the machine’s equipment and steel, removing it from inside the tunnel it had built. Up next – finishing the double-deck highway inside and installing all the …

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The world’s first Variable Density Tunnel Boring Machine

MRTMalaysia Two types of TBMs are being used to excavate the tunnel for the MRT Sungai Buloh-Kajang Line. In the portion of the alignment going through the Kenny Hill Formation, Earth Pressure Balance (EPB) TBMs will be used while the world’s first Variable Density TBMs, which was specially developed jointly by world renowned TBM manufacturer …

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View from a drone inside a tunnel executed by Bertha

wsdot View from a drone inside the SR 99 tunnel, executed by Bertha. Bertha, also known as Big Bertha, is a 57-foot-diameter (17.4 m) tunnel boring machine built specifically for the Washington State Department of Transportation’s (WSDOT) Alaskan Way Viaduct replacement tunnel project in Seattle.[1] It was made by Hitachi Zosen Sakai Works in Osaka, …

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How a Tunnel-Boring Machine Drills Underground

“Video courtesy of CDM/HMM Joint Venture – For engineering enthusiasts and anyone who’s interested in the mechanics of siphon construction, this animation shows exactly how the 110-ton, 300-foot-long tunnel boring machine will drill a distance of nearly two miles, 100 feet beneath the New York Harbor seabed…”.