Conference about Urban Tunnels made with a Tunnel Boring Machine and the Construction of Stations by the Cut & Cover Method

On Tuesday, September 27, the International Conference about Urban Tunnels made with a Tunnel Boring Machine and the Construction of Stations by the Cut & Cover Method: Types, Mechanical Details, Problems and Solutions, was given at the Convention Center inside the City of Knowledge.

Engineer José María Rodríguez Ortiz was in charge of dictating the conference which focused on many important aspects of subway design based on the kind of terrain, types of Tunnel Boring Machines (TBM) that have been used in different subways across the world, the mechanical details regarding TBM’s, diverse cases of execution problems, surface seats made by the machines and the type of terrain treatment needed in order to build a perfect subway.

The second part of the conference, dictated also by Engineer Rodríguez Ortiz, dealt with tunnels and stations made by the Cut & Cover method.  The presentation focused on open air tunnels and the conventional solutions to reduce big excavations, the Milan method, structural details, execution problems, water effects, filtrations, surface rising and the solutions to potential problems that might arise in the construction of a Panamanian subway train.

Engineer Carlos López, Director of the PM Project – Line One of the Panamanian Subway, offered the closing statements regarding the fact that the most modern methods are being used in the construction of the Subway of Panama.

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