EPFL ENAC IIC LEMR
GC D1 401 (Bâtiment GC)
Web site: Web site: https://lemr.epfl.ch
Biographyfrom 2008: Engineer at SBB-Infrastructure, responsible for Tunnels Management and Maintenance
from 2007: Assistant for the courses "Tunnel Engineering" and "Underground Construction Technology"
2004-2008: PhD Student (Structure Doctoral Program) at LMR-EPFL
PhD degree: February 2008 at EPFL with a thesis entitled "Analysis of pathologies and long term behaviour of the Swiss National Road tunnels"
2003: Assistant at the Georesources and Landscape Department of Politecnico di Torino (TUSC). Main research domains: in situ surveys, monitoring measurements analysis and numerical modelling on tunnels with ageing problems and/or collapses, settling and subsiding in chalk pit, instability of slope dumps, interaction between cutting-tools of a TBM and the rock-mass
2003: Graduate at the Politecnico di Torino in Geotechnical Engineering with a Master Thesis about Stability controls and refurbishment operations on a damaged railway tunnel
A GIS based approach for analysing geological and operation conditions influence on road tunnels degradationTunnelling and Underground Space Technology. 2017. DOI : 10.1016/j.tust.2017.04.012.
Probabilistic simulations of TBM Tunnelling in highly fractured and faulted rocksTunnelling and Underground Space Technology. 2016. DOI : 10.1016/j.tust.2016.02.002.
Analysis and estimation of gripper TBM performances in highly fractured and faulted rocksTunnelling and Underground Space Technology. 2016. DOI : 10.1016/j.tust.2015.11.017.
Identification and analysis of Swiss National Road tunnels pathologiesTunnelling and Underground Space Technology incorporating Trenchless. 2011. DOI : 10.1016/j.tust.2010.11.008.
Analysis of the evolution of road tunnels equilibrium conditions with a convergence–confinement approachRock Mechanics and Rock Engineering. 2010. DOI : 10.1007/s00603-009-0056-y.
Data collection for Swiss road tunnels maintenanceFelsbau. 2007.
A new data set of granitic rock strength values from Yosemite Valley, California: applications to rock fall assessment2020. 54th US Rock Mechanics/Geomechanics Symposium, Golden, Colorado, USA, 28 June-1 July 2020.
The analysis of tunnel excavation in difficult ground conditions with the Decision Aids for Tunnelling (DAT).2014. 15th Australasian Tunnelling Conference, Sydney, Australia, September 17-19, 2014.
A study of the TBM performance in fault zones and highly fractured rocks2014. World Tunnel Congress 2014, Iguassu Falls, Brazil.
The importance of drainage system in railway tunnels and possibilities to reduce the LCC2013. World Tunnel Congress, WTC 2013, Geneva, Switzerland, May 31st - June 7th, 2013.
Tunnel conditions assessment based on image analysis: a new inspection procedure for railway tunnels2013. World Tunnel Congress, WTC2013, Geneva, Switzerland, May 31st - June 7th, 2013.
Laser scanning images analysis for tunnel inspection2011. 12th International Congress on Rock Mechanics, Bejing, China, October 18-21, 2011. p. 454.
Investigation and analysis procedures for tunnel refurbishment2010. Eurock 2010, Lausanne, Switzerland, June 15-18, 2010. p. 521-524.
Preliminary identification of Swiss road tunnels pathologies based on geotechnical G.I.S. data.2007. p. 999-1002.
Analysis of delayed convergences in a carbon zone of the Loetschberg Tunnel2006. p. 351-356.
Numerical modelling of laboratory tests for TBM cutter indentation process analysis2006. p. 1339-1344.
Interpretation und Extrapolation der gemessenen Konvergenzen in der Karbonzone des Lötschberg-Basistunnels2005. p. 39-43.
Analysis of TBM tunnelling performance in faulted and highly fractured rocksLausanne, EPFL, 2015. DOI : 10.5075/epfl-thesis-6724.
Analysis of pathologies and long term behaviour of the Swiss national road tunnelsLausanne, EPFL, 2008. DOI : 10.5075/epfl-thesis-4019.
Rock strength properties of granitic rocks in Yosemite Valley, Yosemite National Park, California2020-06-05
Long Term Behaviour of the Swiss National Road Tunnels2012
From elastic to anelastic properties of rocks: Role of strain amplitudesSwiss Geoscience Meeting 2020, Zurich, Switzerland, November 6-7, 2020.
Influence of the initial damage on fracture toughness and subcritical crack growth in a granite rockEGU 2020 General Assembly, EGU2020: Sharing Geoscience Online (#shareEGU20), May, 4-8 2020.
Thermal influences on macroscale rock damageEGU 2020 General Assembly, EGU2020: Sharing Geoscience Online (#shareEGU20), May, 4-8 2020.
Teaching & PhD
Past EPFL PhD StudentsPaltrinieri Erika ,
The students understand the mechanical behaviour of rock materials, joints and rock masses, and are able to determine the factors conditioning civil engineering applications. They are able to use appropriate methods for carrying out analysis and design of tunnel excavation and support.
Underground construction technology
To acquire in-depth knowledge of underground space and underground construction technologies, including planning, management, construction methods, risk assessment, and environmental considerations.