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What it meant in practical terms was that the giant tunnel boring machines were burrowing in close proximity to existing tunnels that were ferrying passengers just meters away. In order to precisely monitor the situation, hundreds of instruments and sensors were installed in the tunnels, looking at alignments of tracks and power transmissions in the other lines at service.

 

This, by the way, is at the Tanah Merah station platform on the East-West Line, which is above ground. 

Mass Rapid Transport in Singapore 2

What it meant in practical terms was that the giant tunnel boring machines were burrowing in close proximity to existing tunnels that were ferrying passengers just meters away. In order to precisely monitor the situation, hundreds of instruments and sensors were installed in the tunnels, looking at alignments of tracks and power transmissions in the other lines at service.

 

This, by the way, is at the Tanah Merah station platform on the East-West Line, which is above ground. 

comments (17)

I've watched doc's about similar tunnel digging in London, it is quite remarkable how they do it.
Ayush Basu: It has become commonplace technology in the last decade or so, I think.
Crazy to think, isn't it!
Ayush Basu: They are getting better and better with it, Elizabeth.
Man alive, Ayush. As long as someone knows what it all means (and speaks the language!), I'm a happy camper. Your image is fabulous in showing the context.
Ayush Basu: I do believe not all of the signs and information is necessary; a lot of it is commonsense. And the engineers in charge of the tunneling are getting experts from around the world to work together and collaborate.
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 7 Aug 2019, 06:16
I love pictures like this, Ayush. And about the tunnel boring machines, it is just amazing what they are able to do nowadays.
Ayush Basu: I think after my having been away from Singapore for a year, my eyes are really 'seeing' things more, Astrid.
I know exactly what you mean.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 7 Aug 2019, 06:36
This all looks very practical and austere Ayush
Ayush Basu: There is certainly considerable thought behind the design and layout of these stations, Chris.
  • Alan
  • United Kingdom
  • 7 Aug 2019, 07:23
we had similar in London. Some of the above ground buildings had an extensive set of lasers all checking for any movement during tunnelling operations below them. So very different from when the first tunnels were dug back in the 1860s.
Ayush Basu: I think the tunneling experts reach out to other organizations who have had similar experience on construction projects, Alan.
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 7 Aug 2019, 07:29
Cripes! Too much information for me, Ayush! These days I read so slowly I would be on my own in an emergency.
Ayush Basu: I think only about 10-20% is relevant, Ray. The rest is mostly commonsense, but spelled out anyway.
i absolutely LOVE LOVE LOVE this picture, Ayush! truly!! well done!! (and my name is Elaine, not Sherri, can you stop calling me Sherri on my blog? lol)
Ayush Basu: Pleased that you like it, Elaine.
And my apologies for getting your name wrong!
  • Chad
  • Somewhere in deep space
  • 7 Aug 2019, 09:30
It sounds highly technical work with little margin for error Ayush.
Ayush Basu: They are getting better and better with it, Chad.
I am happy about the safety measures taken.
Ayush Basu: They are getting better and better with it, Mary.
Nothing seems impossible any more. Wouldn't you just love to loook behind those doors.
Ayush Basu: Yes, you are right on both counts, Brian.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 7 Aug 2019, 16:39
How people solve the building and other work in challenging circumstances, is always of high interest to me.

There are a lot of notices in your picture. I think nobody reads them.
Ayush Basu: They are getting better and better with it, Louis. And they also get consultation from other experienced companies the world over. I think only about 10% is relevant, the rest can be lumped together under commonsense.
there are all kinds of electric instruments in a mass transit subway Ayush...
my brother in law Joe, a master electrician worked on the TTC subway for five years in Toronto... that was about 40 years ago....petersmile
there are all kinds of electric instruments in a mass transit subway Ayush...
my brother in law Joe, a master electrician worked on the TTC subway for five years in Toronto... that was about 40 years ago....petersmile
Ayush Basu: They are getting better and better with it, Peter. And they also get consultation from other experienced companies the world over, Peter.
It was clearly a fine engineering feat Ayush
Ayush Basu: They are getting better and better with it, Bill. And they also get consultation from other experienced companies the world over.
It takes a bit of sorting out.
Ayush Basu: And they will no doubt learn lessons as they keep on extending the metro network, Tom.
  • sherri
  • Little Rock, Arkansas, USA
  • 9 Aug 2019, 15:40
an exceptionally composed image
Ayush Basu: Thank you for your remark, Sherri.

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