oa Civil Engineering = Siviele Ingenieurswese - The use of data banks in tunnelling

Volume 31, Issue 6
  • ISSN : 1021-2000



Various attempts have been made in South Africa to establish geotechnical and other related data banks. Such data banks are extremely useful in the planning and design of tunnels. This paper summarized the current position regarding these data banks and illustrated their applicability to tunnelling. The authors concluded with this threefold plea: that the cities of Pretoria, Cape Town, Durban, Port Elizabeth and East London establish urban geotechnical data banks; that the fullest support be given to the SANCOT/CSIR tunnel data project; and that funds and manpower be made available to Geological Survey to enable them to put their geotechnical records on a computerized data base.

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