Mining and Minerals Engineering

CSMM186 - Underground Construction (2019)

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MODULE TITLEUnderground Construction CREDIT VALUE15
MODULE CODECSMM186 MODULE CONVENERDr Andrew Wetherelt (Coordinator)
DURATION: TERM 1 2 3
DURATION: WEEKS 11 0 0
Number of Students Taking Module (anticipated) 20
DESCRIPTION - summary of the module content

Tunnelling and underground space utilization is an important aspect of an urban environment and modern society with developments of major underground infrastructure for utilities, transportation and storage. Safe and efficient design of these excavations is essential for optimisation and economic utilisation of underground space.

The national and international construction industries and associated businesses are coming under considerable pressure to design, build and manage infrastructure in a resource efficient, sustainable and environment friendly manner. To deliver this, they require qualified engineers with a multi-disciplinary skillset and specialist expertise in tunnelling and underground excavation and underground space utilization.

AIMS - intentions of the module

The module provides specialist analysis and design skills associated with the tunnelling, underground mining and related industries. The module provides problem-solving, data-handling and evaluation skills. Effective design is critical for the stability and creation of a safe working environment for underground excavations. Where appropriate, case history information is used to emphasize important aspects associated with data variability and its influence on design.

INTENDED LEARNING OUTCOMES (ILOs) (see assessment section below for how ILOs will be assessed)

On successful completion of this module, you should be able to:

Module Specific Skills and Knowledge:

1 Assess critically the use of different equipment for the design underground excavations in the tunnelling, civil, geotechnical, environmental and related industries;

2 Evaluate critically the role and limitations of tunnelling excavation techniques for underground excavation design;

3 Assess critically the data requirements for the design of tunnels and underground excavations, including considerations of data variability and risk assessment;

4 Choose an appropriate tunnelling technique for varying rock and soil material;

Discipline Specific Skills and Knowledge:

5 Evaluate and apply knowledge to specific design tasks;

6 Choose appropriate design from critical evaluation of available data;

7 Undertake synthesis of information and create responses based on advanced knowledge;

Personal and Key Transferable / Employment Skills and Knowledge:

8 Apply personal data-handling skills through critically evaluation of a design problem and produce, to a strict deadline, detailed recommendations/reasoned arguments for an appropriate solution;

9 Utilise a full range of learning resources as an autonomous learner.

SYLLABUS PLAN - summary of the structure and academic content of the module

This module provides knowledge of construction techniques for tunnelling and underground excavation through study of case studies.  An awareness of efficient utilization of space is emphasized and developed through the module. The module will explain the principles of different excavation approaches, equipment used, evaluation of the state of technology development and latest developments through study of case examples. The module will be delivered in association with industry through guest speakers.

Key aspects of the module include:

- Overview of tunnelling applications;

- Soft ground tunnelling methods;

- Lining design;

- NATM;

- Ground treatment;

- Equipment selection;

- Spoil disposal and management;

- Pipejacking;

- Micro-tunnelling;

- Ventilation;

- Lighting;

- Site investigation.

LEARNING AND TEACHING
LEARNING ACTIVITIES AND TEACHING METHODS (given in hours of study time)
Scheduled Learning & Teaching Activities 45.00 Guided Independent Study 105.00 Placement / Study Abroad 0.00
DETAILS OF LEARNING ACTIVITIES AND TEACHING METHODS
Category Hours of study time Description
Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities 30 Formal lectures delivering main syllabus
Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities 6 Tutorial with staff member(s); approximately 1 hr a week throughout module
Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities 9 Scheduled industry-focussed workshops allowing students to undertake formative and summative exercises introduced and supported by industry staff.
Guided Independent Study 105 Independent study; including directed learning on specific topics and completion of assessments.

 

ASSESSMENT
FORMATIVE ASSESSMENT - for feedback and development purposes; does not count towards module grade
Form of Assessment Size of Assessment (e.g. duration/length) ILOs Assessed Feedback Method
Series of in-class exercises designed to lead up to summative coursework assessment Variable 1-7 Worked model solutions
       
       
       
       

 

SUMMATIVE ASSESSMENT (% of credit)
Coursework 40 Written Exams 60 Practical Exams 0
DETAILS OF SUMMATIVE ASSESSMENT
Form of Assessment % of Credit Size of Assessment (e.g. duration/length) ILOs Assessed Feedback Method
Examination - provides a summative assessment of module content with questions requiring in-depth knowledge of specific aspects of the syllabus 60 2 hours 1-7 Examination mark reported back through tutor system
Assignment 1 – Tunnel design assignment 40 8-12 sides of A4 text plus supporting tables and examples of calculations, spreadsheets, diagrams etc. in a short report format equivalent to 4,000 words 1-8 Written feedback sheet with comments

 

DETAILS OF RE-ASSESSMENT (where required by referral or deferral)
Original Form of Assessment Form of Re-assessment ILOs Re-assessed Time Scale for Re-assessment
Summative Assessment Additional Summative Assessment As Above Aug Ref/Def Period
Examination Additional Examination As Above Aug Ref/Def Period
       

 

RE-ASSESSMENT NOTES
RESOURCES
INDICATIVE LEARNING RESOURCES - The following list is offered as an indication of the type & level of
information that you are expected to consult. Further guidance will be provided by the Module Convener

Basic Reading:

ELE -  http://vle.exeter.ac.uk/

 

 

 

Reading list for this module:

Type Author Title Edition Publisher Year ISBN Search
Set Hoek, E., Kaiser, P.K. and Bawden W.F. Design of Support for Underground Hard Rock Mines A.A.Balkema 1995 [Library]
Set Whittaker, B.N. and Frith, R.C. Tunnelling: Design, Stability and Construction I.M.M., London 1990 [Library]
Set Hoek, E. and Brown, E.T. Underground Excavations in Rock I.M.M., London 1980 [Library]
CREDIT VALUE 15 ECTS VALUE 7.5
PRE-REQUISITE MODULES None
CO-REQUISITE MODULES None
NQF LEVEL (FHEQ) 7 AVAILABLE AS DISTANCE LEARNING No
ORIGIN DATE Tuesday 10 July 2018 LAST REVISION DATE Monday 22 July 2019
KEY WORDS SEARCH Tunnel Machines; Underground Space; Tunnel Support; Tunnelling Equipment Selection