The construction of tunnels using conventional construction methods has always been a challenge to every engineer. Here, the engineer’s most important task is the evaluation of the geology and the selection of the right means of securing the excavation face until final completion of the inner lining. Wayss & Freytag already rose to this challenge in 1905 when building a railway tunnel using the conventional tunnelling method in Wasserburg/Inn in gompholite (Nagelfluh) and gravel.
The range of conventional tunnelling reaches from soft rock tunnelling (e. g. a metro tunnel in Munich gravel) and tunnelling in compressed air (e. g. Ostbahnhof metro station in Munich in Tertiary formations below groundwater) to classic drill and blast drives (e. g. Rennsteig Tunnel on the A 71 motorway, which, with a length of 8 km, is the longest motorway tunnel in Germany).
A double-lane motorway tunnel with a length of approx. 3 km forms part of the new motorway section of ‚Route du Nord' in the biggest infrastructure project in Luxembourg. The two tubes were carried out with an incline of nearly 5%.
The Silberberg railway tunnel in the Thuringian Forest is part of the new Ebensfeld – Erfurt railway line. The new line connects the old and the new federal states.
The double-lane road tunnel is the centrepiece of the Völkermarkt bypass. The town centre is relieved from heavy traffic which in turn means a better quality of life for the population.
The new hydroelectric power plant supplies sustainably produced electricity for approx.100,000 households without emitting pollutants in Tyrol and Engadin. Power house and power descent were built by Wayss & Freytag Ingenieurbau.