Civil Engineering special issue: call for papers


Civil Engineering is planning a special issue for May 2020 on tunnelling and underground spaces. The issue aims to showcase the latest innovations and developments in the planning, design, construction and operation of tunnel and underground space projects that benefit society.

As the world’s cities become ever-more congested and polluted, building down rather than up is becoming an increasingly attractive option for commercial, retail, leisure and even residential developments. There are already many exciting subterranean spaces in the world and many more are being planned.

Transport infrastructure has long enjoyed the freedom of travelling beneath man-made and natural obstacles rather than over or around them. As such there are countless examples of stunning underground engineering and architecture in the global rail, road and air sectors with many more under construction or in development.

The energy sector too is a major user of the underground zone, with everything from cable, hydropower and cooling-water tunnels to liquefied natural gas storage and buried pipelines. The water sector also builds giant underground reservoirs, buried water mains, and sewage storage tunnels and shafts.

Papers are invited on all aspects of tunnelling and underground space projects from around the world which demonstrate at least one of the following:

• new applications for tunnels and underground spaces • innovative design and construction techniques • novel ground investigation and treatment solutions • advances in underground health, safety and well-being • lessons learned in operation and maintenance.

The issue is supported by the British Tunnelling Society, which is the UK member of the International Tunnelling and Underground Space Association and which celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2021.

The deadline for abstracts is autumn 2018 and the deadline for submissions is spring 2019.