DFI Journal - The Journal of the Deep Foundations Institute

Volume 1, Issue 1, January 2007
DOI: 10.1179/dfi.2007.002

Deep Diaphragm Wall Activities at Randstad Rail Project in Rotterdam, The Netherlands
Article Type: Case Study

Pöllath, K., Haehnig, F. & Glückert, J.


The Netherlands RandstadRail project makes use of a large range of sophisticated geotechnical techniques to allow a shield driven tunnel to approach the central station of Rotterdam. This paper describes the construction of three deep excavation pits constructed with 1.2 m and 1.5 m thick diaphragm walls. Besides the presentation of the actual diaphragm wall activities special consideration is given to the break-in and break-out situations of the Tunnel Boring Machine (TBM) into the deep excavations pits using sealing blocks and partly glass fibre reinforcement in the diaphragm walls.

deep excavations, diaphragm walls, tunneling, sealing construction