Know what lies ahead with Tunnel Manager™
Informative and intelligent data support during the excavation process of tunnels and drifts – this valuable tool is now available as Atlas Copco launches three new upgraded packages of the software Tunnel Manager™. Thanks to usage of latest computer technology the new programs are easier to use compared to the previous versions. The most advanced package, Tunnel Manager MWD, offers a completely new functionality built on several years of research at Luleå University of Technology in Sweden.
The first package, Tunnel Manager, offers basic functions, such as generating drill plans and following up the result. The second package, Tunnel Manager Pro, contains the upgraded Measure While Drilling function, whereas the most advanced package Tunnel Manager MWD, also contains the possibility to analyze the collected data. This means that the user can swiftly translate rock drilling data into relevant rock mass characteristics such as rock hardness and fracturing.
The MWD technique is a well proven and useful method for collecting drilling data, such as penetration rate, feed force, rotation speed, percussive, rotation, water pressure and water flow while drilling a hole. Previously, data had to be sent to consultants or transferred into a separate tool for analysis, but now Tunnel Manager MWD offers the possibility to analyze and translate the data directly by the user.
The calculated figures are presented in line with customer requirements, which can be chosen from a range of various graphical tools available. Compared to other methods to characterize rock properties, Tunnel Manager MWD gives without delay high data resolution at low costs, since data are extracted automatically at regular intervals. Based on this information the excavation and rock reinforcement plans can be modified to achieve optimum safety, speed and economy. Information regarding fracture zones, water flow and rock discontinuities can also prove valuable for the long term maintenance of the tunnel.