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What is the difference between cut-and-cover method and cover-and-cut method in tunnel construction?

“Cut-and-cover” method involves the construction of open cut at the first place, followed by the construction of tunnels under open excavation. Upon completion of the structure, backfilling and reinstatement would be subsequently carried out.


“Cover-and-cut” method involves firstly the construction of cover followed by the second stage in which construction activities are carried out under the cover. As such, the disturbance to the public owing to constructional activities could be reduced to a minimum.

This question is taken from book named – A Self Learning Manual – Mastering Different Fields of Civil Engineering Works (VC-Q-A-Method) by Vincent T. H. CHU.

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