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Tunnels & Caverns: Looking Back at Forty Years In Underground Construction & Estimating

Tunnels & Caverns: Looking Back at Forty Years In Underground Construction & Estimating
By Harry Hilton

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Book Description

Writing this book, for me, has really been a walk down memory lane - the work part of memory lane. As it is not intended as a technical book per se, I have included a few incidents of on-the-job problems, that I encountered over the years, and how they were handled - figured that's the stuff that doesn't get covered in engineering school! There is also a section on preparing cost estimates for some major projects, such as the Chicago T.A.R.P. contracts and a few pointers on bidding "overseas" projects. The chapter titled "Murphy's Law" is just that "It should not have happened" but it did. A few stories are recounted just as they happened, about totally unexpected incidents that caused delays, cost money, and caused some minor headaches for yours truly. Enjoy!

Book Details

  • Amazon Sales Rank: #4182739 in Books
  • Brand: Harry Hilton
  • Published on: 2014-07-01
  • Released on: 2014-07-01
  • Original language: English
  • Number of items: 1
  • Dimensions: 9.00" h x .25" w x 6.00" l, .0 pounds
  • Binding: Paperback
  • 98 pages


  • Tunnels Caverns Looking Back at Forty Years in Underground Construction Estimating

Editorial Reviews

About the Author

Harry was born and raised in Dublin, Ireland. On finishing high school, he went to England and was hired as a Trainee Engineer by a large Civil Engineering & Building contractor.

Training initially was at the home office and included drafting, quantity "take-off", and surveying basics. Following a year at the home office, he was assigned to a construction project as an Instrument Man, assisting the Project Engineer. In less than two years he was appointed Field Engineer and a year later was moved to rank of Superintendent. His first assignment in that capacity involved supervision of a large sewer installation in a suburb of London. That project included about three thousand feet of small diameter hand-minded tunnel. A succeeding project also included some tunnel work.

In 1960 Harry immigrated, with his family, to Canada. His fi rst job interview was with a Civil Engineering company. Th is company, McNamara Corporation, happened to have a tunneling division and from that point on, it became a "life of tunneling" for Harry, with a number of contractors, and then as a consultant.

Harry took a position in the U.S. in 1976 as Chief Estimator, with a tunneling specialty company - S & M Constructors, Solon, Ohio. In 1986 he moved back into field-work and supervised a variety of tunnel projects, both in rock and soft ground over the next ten years.

Now retired, Harry lives with wife Beverley in Kansas. They spend time visiting their five children and eight grandchildren throughout the U.S. and Canada.

Customer Reviews

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful.
3Tap it light
By Kurt D. Sanders
The book is a little light on technicality, which is a little disappointing since the author has a wealth of experience to share. The book is very straight forward and there are some valuable pointers that one can gain by reading the book.

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful.
5excellent read
By Kelly judges
Wonderful book! Very informative and well written. I highly recommend it.

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful.
5Definitely worth the price and time to read
By Lucy Lamberton
Harry’s book is a wonderful eclectic collection of actual job sites their working conditions, problems and on the fly field adjustments. Included are Harry’s actual involvement with all facets of underground construction from soft to hard ground TBM’s, hand mining and drill and blast methods. It is a very interesting read for anyone who has worked in the underground business and would be a beneficial read to any student thinking about entering the underground field. Included are some good photographs and sketches related to the projects.

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