BTS Publications

The BTS has published, or collaborated with others to publish, a number of best practice and other guides. These publications may be downloaded here for free, or copies purchased from the ICE bookshop.

Timbering Guide

Traditional Timbering in Soft Ground Tunnelling - a historical review, published September 2014

For further information, please click here, or the document may be downloaded free of charge here.

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Monitoring Guide

Monitoring Underground Construction - A best practice guide, published October 2011.

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Specification for Tunnelling

BTS Specification for Tunnelling, published March 2010. A January 2011 Errarta is also available.

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Tunnel Lining Design Guide

Tunnel Lining Design Guide, published March 2004.

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Closed Face Tunnelling

Closed face tunnelling machines and ground stability, published November 2005.

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Risk Management of Tunnel Projects in the UK

BTS - API Joint Code of Practice for Risk Management of Tunnel Projects in the UK, published in September 2003.

For further information, please click here, or the document may be downloaded free of charge here.

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Risk Management of International Tunnel Works

Code of Practice for Risk Management of Tunnel Works, published May 2012.

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Tunnel diameter and length

The BTS, Pipejacking Association (PJA) and Health and Safety Executive (HSE) document providing 'Guidance for Designers' on the 'internal dimensions for pipejacks and tunnels below 3m diameter and indicative drive lengths'.

For further information, please click here, or the guidance may be downloaded free of charge here.

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Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS)

Best practice guidance for the management of hand-arm vibration in tunnelling, published in June 2006.

For further information, please click here, or the guidance may be downloaded free of charge here.

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Nitrogen Monoxide

Occupational exposure to Nitrogen Monoxide - best practice guidance, published in April 2008.

For further information, please click here, or the guidance may be downloaded free of charge here.

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Work in Compressed Air

Guidance on the Work in Compressed Air Regulations 1996

For further information, please click here, or the guidance may be downloaded free of charge here.

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High Pressure Compressed Air

Guidelines for Good Working Practice in High Pressure Compressed Air, first published in February 2012, and revised in April 2015.

For further information, please click here, or the guidance may be downloaded free of charge here.

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