Curtins Replacement Tunnel Project

Curtins Replacement Tunnel Project:

This project is one our newest projects as a result of ExpLearn Scotland’s work on enhancing a current Masters Program. 
This project was inspired by the current Clyde Tunnel, situated between Linthouse and Whiteside, Glasgow runs north south and construction was started 1957 and completed 1963/64 at a cost of £10 million. The original design was Sir Alan Muir Wood of Halcrow and was constructed using a tunnelling shield based on Marc Isambard Brunel’s design for the Thames Tunnel a century earlier.
The digging itself was difficult dues to the local geology of the area with hard rock below a soft silt layer. The current tunnel spans 123m of the river and is a total of 762m with a 5.3m clearance and a gradient of up to 1:6. There are 4 lanes for vehicular traffic with a separate cycle and pedestrian section.
The cost of repairs are now exceeding the original cost of construction. At the time of construction the proposed vehicular usage was estimated at 9,000 to 13,000 vehicles per day, however in 2019 this had risen to 65,000 vehicles per day.
Curtins Consulting collaborated along with BAM Nuttal to develop the design for this access and egress to a tunnel formed by a Tunnel Boring Machine (TBM)
The participants create two 3 dimensional structures from 2 dimensional drawings by taking on functional roles within their construction company to deliver an access and egress to the tunnel. The project requires the setting out and excavation of  both structures ensuring that the tunnel follows the designated route. 
The addition of a wind turbine and Powerhouse can give added complexity and an environmentally efficient means to power the lighting to the tunnel.

Pre Site work:

  • Health and Safety briefings
  • Risk Assessments
  • Method Statements
  • Daily Activity Briefings
  • Tool Box Talks
  • Cost Control
  • Estimating
  • Quality Control
  • Planning
This project involves:
  • Site investigation work 
  • Setting out
  • Environmental issues
  • Logistics
  • Levelling
  • Excavation
  • Temporary Works 
  • Innovation
  • Steel fixing
  • Formwork manufacturing
  • Working to strict tolerances 
  • Concrete
  • Steel work
  • Fabrication
  • Working at Height
All our projects ensure that the participants further develop their transversal skills throughout the experiential learning activity in which they not only turn their theory into practice they enhance their own employability skills whilst having an experience like no other.

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