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Subject/Keyword
Prediction model
Pilot Tube Microtunneling
Instrumentation
Pipeline installation
Eliminator
Risk
Productivity
Jacking force
Type of item
Thesis
Degree grantor
University of Alberta
Author or creator
Ranjbar, Mahmood
Supervisor and department
Bayat, Alireza (Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering)
Examining committee member and department
Han SangUk (Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering)
Szymanski, Jozef (Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering)
Department
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Specialization
Construction Engineering and Management
Date accepted
2014-11-21T13:47:25Z
Graduation date
2015-06
Degree
Master of Science
Degree level
Master's
Abstract
The Eliminator is a new guided boring machine developed to address the market need for Pilot Tube Microtunneling (PTMT) installations in non-displaceable soils. This study is part of a multi-phase research project sponsored by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) and the City of Edmonton. The main objectives of this research is to investigate the productivity of the Eliminator, risks associated with this machine, and methods to predict the required jacking force for installation of pipes. To achieve these goals, firstly a broad literature review was conducted on PTMT and the Eliminator as well as similar technologies such as microtunneling and pipe jacking. The study then introduces the first pipeline installation project performed with the Eliminator and assesses the technology’s economic performance using the project’s productivity and risk measures. The jacking force of the project was also monitored for analysis using hydraulic pressure transducers. Five existing jacking force prediction models used for technologies similar to the Eliminator were analyzed and compared with each force measured in the field. Based on the comparison, appropriate methods for estimating the jacking force of Eliminator projects are suggested.
Language
English
DOI
doi:10.7939/R34953
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