Studying Tunnelling and TBMs in Turin 15 Aug 2019

TunnelTalk reporting

Now running for 12 years, the Specialising Masters Programme in Tunnelling and TBMs at the Politecnico di Torino, Italy, opens its doors to new students in January 2020. Designed for students who have already completed a Masters degree in civil or environmental engineering or geology, the programme provides the basis for a career in the tunnelling sector.

Politecnico di Torino, Italy
Politecnico di Torino, Italy

The course combines academic teaching with lectures and presentations by industry experts from construction companies, equipment manufacturers, and design engineering firms. The programme includes nine teaching modules, an internship, and a final project, and is completed in seven months. Teaching modules include:

  • Tunnel design and construction methods
  • Rock mass characterisation, geo-investigations, and risk assessment
  • Tunnel supports
  • Numerical design
  • Mechanised tunnelling and hard rock TBMs
  • Soil mechanics
  • Plants and microtunnelling
  • Contractual and legal aspects of tunnelling, site management, quality control
  • Safety and environmental issues at work sites

The course is delivered in English at the Politecnico di Torino Lingotto Campus. Graduates go on to careers at design firms, construction companies, and suppliers of tunnelling tools and equipment. It is endorsed by the ICACET Foundation for Education and Training on Tunnelling and Underground Space and the Italian Tunnelling Society, as well as receiving support from the organisations developing the Tunnel Euralpin high-speed rail link between Lyon and Turin and the Brenner Base railway tunnel between Austria and Italy. Find further course information from the Politecnico di Torino.


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