Tunnel Linings

The Tunnel Lining Design Guide, produced by the BTS, is an essential reference to the recommended standards and rules applicable to the design of tunnel linings for all manner of bored tunnels and shafts, in any type of ground condition.

In response to a need for a single reference book of recommendations and guidance for tunnel lining design, the British Tunnelling Society (BTS) in partnership with the Institution of Civil Engineers Research and Development fund, considered that the valuable knowledge and experience of its members on tunnel lining design should be made available to the wider international underground construction industry.

Covering the design of structural linings for all manner of driven tunnels and shafts in relation to a variety of ground conditions, the Tunnel Lining Design Guide is written for particular use in conjunction with the relevant United Kingdom standards, Codes of Practice and existing customs and practice in operation. Whilst such existing standards and codes are usually not specific to tunnelling and have no formal standing in tunnel lining design, this title provides sought-after information and guidance on such topics as:

The various stages of the design processes

  • Final usage requirements
  • Choosing types of lining systems and construction methods
  • Stability problems in tunnels
  • An appreciation of the mechanical limitations of support systems

The Tunnel Lining Design Guide provides essential information for those required to procure, operate, or maintain tunnels, or those seeking to acquire data for use in their design, with details of those factors which influence correct design such as end use, construction practice, and environmental influences.

The Tunnel Lining Design Guide, published in March 2004, may be purchased online from the ICE Bookshop.