What is the difference between NATM and Sprayed Concrete Lining?

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The New Austrian Tunneling Method originated from rock tunnels and it requires the use of rockbolts and shotcrete swiftly after blasting. Institution of Civil Engineers has renamed it as Sprayed Concrete Lining for construction of tunneling linings by this method in soft ground.


There are some distinct differences in design philosophy between NATM and Sprayed Concrete Lining. In fact, it is not practical to mobilize inherent soil strength through deformation in soft ground. For lower strength of soils in soft ground, there should not be any delay in completing primary support and ground deformation should be reduced as much as possible.

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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