Dalmuir UID

Project Details

Project Description

LBA Role


Glasgow, UK


Active Tunnelling Ltd


2017 to 2019

Project Type

Provision of tunnelling and geotechnical expertise and risk management services


Geotechnical advice / expertise
TBM tunnelling advice / expertise
Risk management services
Contingency planning

Project Description

The Dalmuir UID works are being undertaken for Scottish Water as part of an ongoing programme of works to treat unsatisfactory intermittent discharges into the River Clyde in Glasgow. The tunnelling works are subcontracted to Active Tunnelling Ltd, ATL. The works comprise a series of 1500mm internal diameter pipe jacked tunnels. Prior to LBA’s involvement, the tunnelling works had encountered unforeseen ground conditions which had resulted in the abandonment and subsequent recovery of the TBM used for the works. As part of the planned restart of works, and as a result of a recommendation to ATL following our work on the Shieldhall Strategic Sewer, LBA was engaged to provide tunnelling and geotechnical consultancy services to ATL.

The tunnelling works are situated on the north bank of the River Clyde in Glasgow, with the tunnels being driven through Glacial Alluvium. 

LBA Role

LBA’s role was to provide consultancy services in terms of tunnelling and geotechnical expertise and more general risk management services. Specifically, this included the following:

  • Review and comment on the Geotechnical Baseline report prepared for the restart of tunnelling.
  • Provision of report and subsequent recommendation for the selection of the TBM proposed for the restart of the works.
  • Review and advice on the proposed additional site investigation work.

With the restart of works, LBA’s role was to provide the following:

  • Review of proposed protective jet grouting works.
  • Compilation and management of tunnelling project risk register.
  • Overview of tunnelling works to provide early warning of potential issues and advice on mitigation measures.
  • Writing the Emergency Preparedness Plan for the remaining 3 no. tunnel drives.
  • Running risk workshops and compiling the Risk Management Plan for the works.

The tunnelling works were restarted, and successfully completed in September 2019.

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