A risk management approach to safety assessment of trenchless technologies for culvert rehabilitation Academic Article uri icon


  • Proper functioning of culverts is not only critical to protecting the transportation system from flooding but also critical to maintaining the expected service life of the overall transportation system. During the service life of culverts, they deteriorate due to many reasons such as corrosion caused by road salt, blockage by debris and sediment, poor construction techniques, etc. Trenchless technologies have been used by several State Departments of Transportation (DOTs) to rehabilitate deteriorated drainage structures without disrupting the traffic and within a relatively short span of time. These technologies provide many benefits in terms of cost, time, quality, and expected service life. However, the safety aspects of these techniques have not been discussed and documented in detail probably due to the complexity and the lack of safety standards and specifications directly associated with the techniques. This paper discusses the application of a risk assessment framework to assess potential safety issues of currently available trenchless technologies for culvert rehabilitation. The findings of the study will provide additional information to improve the decision making process in selecting and planning culvert rehabilitation projects. 2010 Elsevier Ltd.

published proceedings

  • Tunnelling and Underground Space Technology

author list (cited authors)

  • Syachrani, S., Jeong, H. S., Rai, V., Chae, M. J., & Iseley, T.

citation count

  • 30

complete list of authors

  • Syachrani, Syadaruddin||Jeong, Hyung Seok||Rai, Vajra||Chae, Myung Jin||Iseley, Tom

publication date

  • December 2010