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TUCSS Monthly Seminar 216

TUCSS Monthly Seminar 216

16 January

  • 16 January 2020, Thursday
  • 18:30 To 20:00
  • Singapore Management University, Ngee Ann Kongi Auditorium

  • BS / EN 16191 TBM Safety Standard

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BS / EN 16191 TBM Safety Standard


by Dr. Ruben Duhme, Herrenknecht Singapore



In 2014, the BS / EN 16191 Tunneling machinery – Safety requirements has replaced its preceding standards, the EN 12336 Tunneling machines – Shield machines, thrust boring machines, auger boring machines, lining erection equipment – Safety requirements standard and the EN 815 – Safety of unshielded tunnel boring machines and rodless shaft boring machines for rock – safety requirements standard.

The new comprehensive safety standard is applicable to all common types of tunnelling equipment and shaft boring equipment. It covers a wide range of topics and requires detailed adhesion to the design process for equipment, to the related documentation, the selection of components and the safety equipment in tunnelling machines. With these requirements, the safety level in tunnelling machines is significantly increased compared to previous standards.

The presentation introduces the most important requirements and innovations of the safety requirements. The key changes of requirements are in the area of access systems, control systems, fire prevention and protection, warning systems, environmental monitoring and noise reduction.



Dr.-Ing Ruben Duhme is General Manager at Herrenknecht Asia. He is responsible for Herrenknecht´s engineering and geotechnical departments in Asia. Ruben graduated with a Master’s degree in mechanical engineering from Technical University Munich and received his Doctorate in 2017 at the Institute for Construction Technology, Tunnelling and Construction Management at the Ruhr University Bochum. In 2009, Ruben joined Herrenknecht´s Headquarter R&D department still as a student and has since then set up an R&D department in Herrenknecht´s Asia branch while being stationed in Singapore and Guangzhou China. Among other R&D projects, he developed a number of patented technologies, used in today’s TBMs, mostly focusing on slurry TBM tunneling. Today Rubens main work field lies in the geotechnical evaluation and development of suitable TBM technology for projects throughout the Asia Pacific region. His main interests in the further development of mechanized tunneling lie in the increased push for digitalization for productivity increases in tunneling as well as improving the industries use of sensors and data to reduce risks.

Ruben Duhme