Next Generation Tunnelling

hyperTunnel is developing revolutionary infraTech for tunnels and underground schemes which is faster, safer, more economical and environmentally friendly than current techniques. It uses a unique combination of proven technologies from diverse industries to redefine what’s possible in underground construction.

Greater Speed

Enhanced Safety

Lower Cost

Less Environmental Impact

Sectors

Mining

 

Transport

 

Utilities

 

Underground Assets

 

Benefits

The unique combination of proven technologies brings together best practices from industries as diverse as open cast mining to 3D printing. Our radical new infraTech process seeks to overcome the huge challenges in tunnelling and underground works where current options remain expensive, slow and unable to eliminate risk.
Increases speed
Transforms safety issue
Drives down cost
Lowers project risk
Removes uncertainty of the underground path
Overcomes adverse geologies pre excavation
Improves planning accuracy
Reduces consumables and minimises underground power
Lowers environmental impact

Flexible Solutions to Tunnelling Needs

The hyperTunnel method being developed is by design modular in structure. The individual processes work together for a complete tunnel solution or individually to resolve specific underground issues.
For New Structures
Build

The hyperTunnel Process is a revolutionary methodology to create a complete tunnel or underground structure.

For Existing Structures
Enlarge

We will use a combination of bespoke modules to expand the capabilities of current assets whilst minimising disruption.

Repair

Our precision repair process will allow local inspection, fixing and relining both inside and outside the structure.

Monitor

Our infrastructure Health Monitoring System will seamlessly integrate IOT technology within the asset to deliver smart, efficient, connected structures.

The hyperTunnel Process

Preparation

  • Continuous core sampling of index bore for detailed geological data
  • Formation boring using Horizontal Directional Drilling (HDD) technology
  • Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) facilitates visualisation of the geology interfaces and obstacles
  • Creation of Digital Twin supporting Virtual Reality (VR) and Building Information Modelling (BIM) technology

Construction

  • Pre-excavation structural preparation via chemical injection
  • Post-injection structural assessment and validation using complimentary inspection techniques
  • Initial slump creation through index bore reaming
  • Further spoil disruption via hydraulic or sound wave fracturing

Excavation

  • Single pass dragline shield technology maximises efficiency
  • Safe excavation performed by remote workforce
  • Simple recycling of spoil without need for processing
  • Option of simultaneous Sprayed Concrete Layer (SCL)

Completion

  • Custom lining dependent on final application
  • BIM model and Digital Twin facilitates asset sign off
  • Enhanced life-cycle management through IOT monitoring and predictive maintenance
  • Remaining bores provide opportunity for 3rd party services or additional reinforcement

Strategic Partners include…

“We are delighted to be a strategic partner of hyperTunnel whose approach towards tunnel construction and subsidiary applications is truly visionary. Challenging the status quo and using innovation to continually make construction safer, quicker, more sustainable and economical are shared beliefs with Master Builders Solutions.”

Cameron Bellman – Global Head Technical Marketing Underground Construction

hyperTunnel was recently successful in winning a Europe wide public bid to work with Network Rail on a non-disruptive tunnel construction and repair methodology.

Our Advisory Board includes…

Mark Carne CBE, recent CEO of Network Rail and formerly of Shell.
Dr Kurt Zeidler of the world-renowned Gall Zeidler Consultants, specialising in tunnels and underground schemes.