Grouting power is a vital parameter that can be used as an indicator for simultaneously controlling grouting pressure and injection rate. Accurate grouting power prediction contributes to the real-time optimization of the grouting process, guaranteeing grouting safety and quality. However, the strong nonlinearity of the grouting power time series makes the forecasting task challenging. Hence, this paper proposes a novel hybrid model for accurate grouting power forecasting. First, empirical wavelet transform (EWT) is employed to decompose the original grouting series into several subseries and one residual adaptively. Second, partial autocorrelation function (PACF) is applied to identify the optimal input variables objectively. Then, support vector regression (SVR) is adopted to obtain prediction outcomes of each subseries, while an improved Jaya (IJaya) algorithm by coupling chaos theory and Lévy flights to improve the algorithm’s accuracy performance is proposed to optimize the SVR hyperparameters. Finally, the prediction results of decomposed subseries are superimposed to produce the final results. A consolidation grouting project is taken as a case study and the computation results with the RMSE = 0.2672 MPa·L/min, MAE = 0.2165 MPa·L/min, MAPE = 3.85% and EC = 0.9815 demonstrate that the proposed model exhibits superior forecasting ability and can provide a viable reference for grouting construction.
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