Geological Model of Mae Tang-Mae Ngad Diversion Tunnel Project, Northern Thailand


Most of infrastructure projects around the world have to focus on a clear understanding of geological model which may be determined from various sources of information. The limitation in geotechnical data and budget affects the accuracy of the geological model, particularly for projects of long and deep tunnel of which accessibility to the excavation points is difficult and far reaching. Therefore, an approach adopted for interpretation plays an important role in the level of uncertainty of the derived geological model. This paper focuses on the determination of the geological models at the site of a long water diversion tunnel project in a complex geologic setting in northern Thailand from an approach to understand the relationship between regional tectonic setting and local tectonic condition so that geological structures and rock mass conditions along the tunnel alignment can be assessed for a better planning of tunnel design and construction. The paper describes tectonic settings at regional scale (Northern Thailand and Eastern Myanmar), tectonic features and geologic condition in project area, geotechnical investigation and data along tunnel alignment and predicted tunnel ground behavior.

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K. Kaewkongkaew, N. Phien-wej, T. Harnpattanapanich and C. Sutiwanich, "Geological Model of Mae Tang-Mae Ngad Diversion Tunnel Project, Northern Thailand," Open Journal of Geology, Vol. 3 No. 5, 2013, pp. 340-351. doi: 10.4236/ojg.2013.35039.

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