Assessment of Pipeline Installation Using the Eliminator: a New Guided Boring Machine

  • Author / Creator
    Ranjbar, Mahmood
  • 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.

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    Master of Science
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    University of Alberta
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    • Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Specialization
    • Construction Engineering and Management
  • Supervisor / co-supervisor and their department(s)
    • Bayat, Alireza (Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering)
  • Examining committee members and their departments
    • Han SangUk (Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering)
    • Szymanski, Jozef (Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering)