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Prodigious Subway Plugs

The Resilient Tunnel Project Has Produced an Enormous Flood Stopper

— November 1, 2013 — Unique
The Resilient Tunnel Project came to the same marvelously simple conclusion that might have been suggested by a young child. When questioning the best solution for slowing the impact of underground flooding, it was decided that a giant tunnel plug was necessary to do the job. Really, it's brilliant.

What you see is an oblong inflatable ball that measures 32 feet in length and 16 feet in height and has a capacity of 35,000 gallons. It can be blown up in under half an hour from its deflated state and stored conveniently and compactly at just 20 inches thick against the subway tunnel wall. The DHS Science and Technology Directorate describes the Resilient Tunnel Project as a groundbreaking piece of equipment that could quite quickly inhibit the spread of water, fire and gas in the metro.

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Trend Themes
1. Resilient Tunnel Project - The Resilient Tunnel Project's giant tunnel plug presents an opportunity for disruptive innovation in underground flood prevention.
2. Inflatable Ball - The oblong inflatable ball used in the Resilient Tunnel Project could spur disruptive innovation in storage and deployment of emergency equipment.
3. Metro Safety - The Resilient Tunnel Project's ability to inhibit the spread of water, fire, and gas in the metro opens up new possibilities for disruptive innovation in underground safety measures.
Industry Implications
1. Infrastructure - The Resilient Tunnel Project has applications in the infrastructure industry, offering disruptive innovation for flood prevention in tunnels.
2. Emergency Management - The inflatable ball used in the Resilient Tunnel Project has potential for disruptive innovation in emergency management, particularly in storage and transportation of emergency equipment.
3. Transportation - The Resilient Tunnel Project's impact on metro safety has implications for disruptive innovation in the transportation industry, creating opportunities for improved safety measures in underground systems.
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