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.
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
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.