Faults in Swedish and American Tunnel Practice: A Fable

by Thomas R. Kuesel, (F.ASCE), Partner; Parsons, Brinckerhoff, Quade and Douglas, New York, N.Y.,


Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1979, Vol. 49, Issue 1, Pg. 74-75


Document Type: Feature article

Abstract: Swedish and American practices in dealing with unanticipated geological conditions encountered during tunnel construction are contrasted. Swedish practice, illustrated with an actual example, is directed to resolving the construction problem and minimizing delay and cost. American practice, represented by a composite hypothetical example, is directed toward administrative paper work and legal posturing, which leads to excessive delays and costs, and ludicrous situations.

Subject Headings: Construction | Costs | Geology | Sweden | Tunnels | United States

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