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School of Earth Sciences and Engineering, Hohai University, Nanjing 210098, China
State Key Laboratory for the Coal Mine Disaster Dynamics and Controls, Chongqing University, Chongqing 400044, China
Prof. Dr. Ali Zaoui
Laboratoire de Génie Civil et géo-Environnement, Univ. Lille, IMT Nord Europe, JUNIA, Univ. Artois, ULR 4515-LGCgE, F-59000 Lille, France

Development of Underground Space for Engineering Application

Abstract submission deadline
30 April 2025
Manuscript submission deadline
30 June 2025
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Dear Colleagues,

The exploration and utilization of underground space offer promising solutions to various challenges faced by rapidly growing cities worldwide. From urban planning and infrastructure development to environmental sustainability and disaster resilience, underground space emerges as a versatile resource with immense potential. This Topic welcomes manuscripts that explore original theories, methods, technologies, and applications throughout the life-cycle of underground projects, including planning, design, operation and maintenance, disaster prevention, and demolition.

This Topic invites original research papers and review articles focusing on underground space's latest developments, innovations, and applications in various contexts. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  1. Urban Planning and Infrastructure: Addressing urban congestion and enhancing livability through underground transportation networks, parking facilities, and utilities.
  2. Disaster Resilience: Constructing resilient underground structures to withstand earthquakes, floods, and disasters, ensuring urban safety and continuity.
  3. Advanced Technologies: Advancing underground space development through innovative construction techniques, materials, and monitoring systems.
  4. Tunnels and Mines: Discussing the design, construction, and management of transportation tunnels and mines to improve connectivity and promote sustainable practices.
  5. Environmental Sustainability: Mitigating environmental impacts and integrating underground space with ecosystems for harmonious urban-natural coexistence.

We encourage submissions that contribute to a deeper understanding of the development and application of underground space, fostering innovation and collaboration for sustainable urban development.

Prof. Dr. Chun Zhu
Dr. Fei Wu
Prof. Dr. Ali Zaoui
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  • urban planning
  • infrastructure development
  • disaster resilience
  • advanced technologies
  • environmental sustainability
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Applied Sciences
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Bearing Capacity of Precast Concrete Joint Micropile Foundations in Embedded Layers: Predictions from Dynamic and Static Load Tests according to ASTM Standards
by Abdulla Omarov, Assel Sarsembayeva, Askar Zhussupbekov, Malika Nurgozhina, Gulshat Tleulenova, Akmaral Yeleussinova and Baizak Isakulov
Infrastructures 2024, 9(7), 104; - 1 Jul 2024
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In this paper, joint precast piles with a cross-section of 400 × 400 mm and a pin-joined connection were considered, and their interaction with the soil of Western Kazakhstan has been analyzed. The following methods were used: assessment of the bearing capacity using [...] Read more.
In this paper, joint precast piles with a cross-section of 400 × 400 mm and a pin-joined connection were considered, and their interaction with the soil of Western Kazakhstan has been analyzed. The following methods were used: assessment of the bearing capacity using the static compression load test (SCLT by ASTM) method, interpretation of the field test data, and the dynamic loading test (DLT) method for driving precast concrete joint piles, including Pile Driving Analyzer (PDA by ASTM) and Control and Provisioning of Wireless Access Points (CAPWAP) methods. According to the results, the composite piles tested by the PDA (by ASTM) method differ by 15 percent compared to the static load method, while the difference between the dynamic DLT (by ASTM) method and the static load (by ASTM) method was only 7 percent. So, according to the results, the alternative dynamic method DLT (by ASTM) is very effective and more accurate compared to other existing methods. Full article
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