Geotechnical Characterization for an Underground Powerhouse Excavation

  • Simon W. Houlding


Application of computerized characterization techniques within the geotechnical and rock mechanics sectors has been limited to date, despite the apparent advantages. The application summarized here concerns an investigation for an underground powerhouse that was initially reported by Wittke (1977) using a more conventional approach. The reported results of this earlier investigation form the basis of the current application.


Rock Mass Stereographic Projection Geomechanical Property West Wall Rock Reinforcement 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Simon W. Houlding
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  1. 1.BurnabyCanada
  2. 2.LYNX Geosystems Inc.VancouverCanada

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