Engineering Geological Assessment Using Geochemical, Mineralogical and Petrographic Analysis Along the Riyadh Metro Line 3 (Saudi Arabia)

  • Manuel CuetoEmail author
  • Carlos López-Fernández
  • Luis Pando
  • Daniel Arias
Conference paper
Part of the Advances in Science, Technology & Innovation book series (ASTI)


Anticipating the geotechnical constraints for construction is necessary to ensure the viability of engineering and building projects, especially in challenging geological contexts such as Riyadh. This paper shows the use of geological identification tests to detect and assess hazards along the Line 3 of the Riyadh Metro Project, which is the largest metro project ever built from scratch. A total of 475 samples of soil and rock were chemically, mineralogically and petrographically analyzed prior to construction. The obtained results enabled the successful assessment of potential geotechnical hazards such as collapse, swelling, stickiness and abrasiveness along Line 3. These results were essential to consequently implement corrective measures during construction.


Engineering geology Geotechnical hazard Riyadh Metro line 3 



We would like to thank IDOM Consulting, Engineering, Architecture, S.A.U. for supporting this research and especially all the staff involved in the design of the Line 3. Also, the authors gratefully acknowledge Saudi Arabia’s Arriyadh Development Authority (ADA) promoting the Riyadh Metro Project and especially ArRiyadh New Mobility Consortium (ANM) selected to deliver the Package 2- Line 3.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Manuel Cueto
    • 1
    Email author
  • Carlos López-Fernández
    • 2
  • Luis Pando
    • 2
  • Daniel Arias
    • 2
  1. 1.IDOMMadridSpain
  2. 2.Department of GeologyUniversity of OviedoOviedoSpain

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