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This webinar is a part of the series Tunnel your way to success with PLAXIS.

The Madrid Traditional Method is a construction method for tunnel construction with over 100 years of tradition. This method is extensively used in Madrid and is presented in all the expansions of Madrid Metro starting in 1917. It uses a unique excavation sequence that comprises the division of the crown in a series of pocket excavations that are successively supported by a combination of struts, waler beams and wood planks, and directly followed by, typically, an unreinforced concrete lining installation.  

The typical design of this construction method uses simplified analysis that don’t adequately capture the complex construction sequence and the three-dimensional effects of the method. AYESA’s design team led by Cláudio Dias developed new approaches using tunnel designer in both PLAXIS 2D and 3D that allowed to model this method in a more complete way, taking advantage of the latest developments in PLAXIS. The developed approach can also be used in similar tunnel complex sequence, that can be found in hand mining or square works in projects all over the world. Thus, the latest PLAXIS techs and functionalities provides considerable help to yield an optimized, cost effective and fully functional tunnelling project.

Join our user expert Claudio Dias (AYESA – Head of Ground Engineering & Tunnelling) for a live webinar and learn how PLAXIS can guarantee your modelling success and help your Tunnel design.

What the webinar will highlight: 

  • Madrid Traditional Method (MTM) sequence
  • How to model the MTM in PLAXIS 2D and 3D
  • How to use PLAXIS Tunnel Designer feature
  • How to use Tunnel Designer in a similar project in hand mining or square works

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Webinar Presenters

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Cláudio Dias

Head of Ground Engineering & Tunnelling

Cláudio Dias is a Civil Engineer with a Master in Geotechnics by FEUP in Portugal and has over 12 years of experience in various major underground projects of railway, hydroelectric and nuclear power in Brazil, USA, United Kingdom, India, Spain, and Portugal. He is the Head of Ground Engineering and Tunnelling design team at AYESA and is currently leading the tunnel design for the expansion of the Porto Metro.

Cláudio is a Bentley Qualified Trainer delivering training in tunnel designs in both PLAXIS 2D and 3D. In 2023, he was awarded the Young Tunneller of the Year by the International Tunnel Association in Mumbai, India.

Click here to visit Cláudio's LinkedIn Profile. 


Daniel Berro 

Product Sales Engineer
Bentley Systems

Daniel is an experienced professional with a demonstrated history of working in the Geotechnical Engineering industry. He has a total experience of  9 years in delivering cost effective geotechnical projects across  Europe, Africa and the Middle East.  Currently, he is working in Bentley Systems Spain, as a Product Sales Engineer
 As a Product Engineer at Bentley’s Virtuosity, he helps professionals across EMEA in solving their complex Geotechnical engineering problems and improving their analysis by providing them with best practices for their design workflows.

Click here to visit Daniel's LinkedIn Profile.