How bots will build tunnels of the future
A radical new tunnelling technology was due to be revealed in London. NCE had an exclusive advance briefing.
HyperTunnel joint chief executive Steve Jordan is not a man to mince his words. “Current tunnelling technology has reached its physical limits,” he insists.
“It’s too expensive, too slow, and still too risky. You can’t turbocharge a TBM [tunnel boring machine]. Something radical is needed.”
That radical new approach has already secured the firm a contract with Network Rail too.
Expertise from many sources
“Our new approach combines expertise and technology from many sources, from opencast mining to 3D printing, using virtual reality (VR), BIM [building information modelling], digital twinning, digital swarming and artificial intelligence (AI),” explains Jordan.
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