The types of transportation systems most suited to any tunnel are related to its length. If the tunnel is short, there is little need for manriding, and materials can be moved by hand or with the muck haulage equipment. A long tunnel will require some form of manrider, and special materials may need a dedicated carrier to avoid interruption of production or damage during transport. Cost and disruption factors have become increasingly important in recent years, and there has been a trend towards modular systems that provide a multi-function role. For instance, a locomotive can provide a manriding facility without interfering with its prime function as a haulage unit. Other, more complex, systems provide versatile and sophisticated cassette units that can be rapidly mounted on the prime mover. Also required for transport in tunnels are conveyors, hoists, cranes, loaders, carriers, locomotives and rolling stock, and all manner of railbound, monorail, and trackless equipment.
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In terms of equipment delivery, tunnelbuilder clients account for most of the world’s tunnelling projects. Each client maintains a list of reference projects, both as a historical record and as a means of gauging their competency for future work. These valuable documents can be accessed by clicking on our the ‘View References’ button in our client’s profiles shown below. All lists are subject to periodic update.