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Ottawa Light Rail Transit - Design

Tender design, preliminary and full detailed design including execution drawings for the mined twin track running tunnel, three mined station caverns and access shafts.
Estimated cost: Commencement:
March 01, 2012
Completion date:
529 Albert St
Ottawa, ON K1R 7Z0
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Geology description:

The geology varied between competent limestone and fractured shale. A soft ground section included variable glacial till deposits of sand, silt and clay layers and a groundwater table close to ground surface.

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Bid cost: Final cost:
$2.1 billion CAD
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Ottawa's Confederation Line runs from Tunney's Pasture in the west to Blair station in the east, is 12.5 km long and includes 15 stations. The central piece is a 2.5 km long tunnel, running under the central business district of the city, including 3 underground stations. The twin track running tunnel and 3 underground stations were designed using the mined construction method in order to minimise surface disruption. The underground stations are located adjacent to existing, sensitive and historic buildings and required detailed risk mitigation measures during design. An innovative engineering solution involving a tailor-made excavation sequence and permanent tension ties spanning the cavern was developed.

Downtown station located between high-rise buildings
Downtown station construction sequencing including tie-backs
Cavern construction under way
Mined Caverns directly adjacent to existing basements
Special Excavation Sequences incorporating pre-tensioning
Large-Scale 3D Numerical Modelling incorporating the surroundings