Passive seismic monitoring in conventional tunnelling: An innovative approach for automatic process recognition using support vector machines

Irene Hartl, Marcel Sorger, Karin Hartl, Benjamin Ralph, Ingrid Schlögel

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For the underground construction sector as in conventional tunnelling, there is still a lack of automatization and digitalization progresses, especially concerning tunnel construction monitoring. A manual documentation of the time intervals for subsequent processes by the respective employee is currently state of the art. This study addresses a cost and time effective data acquisition and evaluation method using conventional geophones for the differentiation of the processes involved in tunnel construction by analysis of elastic wave signals. The field experiments were executed at the construction site of “Zentrum am Berg” in Austria where seismic signals were recorded during the conventional tunnel excavation process. The seismic emissions induced by the respective machinery during different constructuon steps are distinguished with a machine learning approach using support vector machines, leading to the possibility of associating them with the corresponding time of the machinery in use. The semi-automatic evaluation of the gathered data should facilitate the documentation of the daily working diagrams, supplement project management and effective planning and optimize predictive maintenance possibilities in the underground construction industry.
Original languageEnglish
Article number105149
Number of pages14
JournalTunnelling and Underground Space Technology
Issue numberJuly
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 14 Apr 2023

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