Ashbridges Bay Treatment Plant Outfall TBM Risk Mitigation - Prescriptiveness and Verification of TBM Fabrication

Author(s) D. Ifrim, A. Solecki
Presented at the Rapid Excavation and Tunneling Conference (RETC) 2023, Boston, Massachusetts, USA, June 11-14, 2023.


Tunneling could be a major challenge to tunneling contractors as tunneling operations can be seriously affected by the Tunnel Boring Machine (TBM) performance. Specifying the appropriate TBM methodology, selection of systems and features, is critical for managing tunnel risks and contribute to successful tunneling project. The paper analyzes tunneling records from the recently completed City of Toronto’s Ashbridges Bay Treatment Outfall tunnel project and underlines the righteous selection of the TBM type and associated TBM systems in achieving good advance rates during tunnelling and managing project risks. The paper intends to draw attention of a few aspects of TBM technical specification importance and highlight the lessons learned from this process