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ES94V - Tunnel Design

  • Module code: ES94V
  • Module name: Tunnel Design
  • Department: School of Engineering
  • Credit: 15

Content and teaching | Assessment | Availability

Module content and teaching

Principal aims

This module aims to provide an understanding of the fundamental concepts of soil-structure interaction and their application in the analysis and design of a range of tunnel types, including consideration of extreme loading and ground movement effects. Design is considered in the context of clients’ requirements and the broader regulatory, sustainability, whole life and health and safety framework.

Principal learning outcomes

By the end of the module students should be able to: • Understand the design process and current legal, health and safety, economic, social and sustainability influences on design, and interpret clients’ requirements in the light of these constraints. • Evaluate the appropriateness of practical methods for soil-structure interaction and tunnel lining analysis. • Systematically apply methods of design of a range of tunnel lining types and configurations, and critique their output. • Demonstrate a conceptual understanding of the performance of tunnels under extreme loading and how to mitigate its effects. • Predict subsurface ground movements resulting from underground excavations and evaluate their effects on neighbouring structures,

Timetabled teaching activities

30 hrs lectures, 4 hrs tutorials and a 1 hr laboratory demonstration. Total of 35 hours.

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Other essential notes

The module is taught in a five-day intensive block (excluding Wednesday afternoon). Pre reading is required before the module with an unseen written test during the module. Cohort level feedback is given after the test. Advice and feedback hours are available for answering questions on the lecture material. The module is available as a standalone CPD course for external attendees.

Module assessment

Assessment group Assessment name Percentage
15 CATS (Module code: ES94V-15)
D (Assessed/examined work) Test 20%
  3 hr examination (locally held exam) 80%

Module availability

This module is available on the following courses:



Optional Core
  • Postgraduate Taught Tunnelling and Underground Space (H214) - Year 2