Colorado is a hot spot for education 15 Aug 2019

TunnelTalk reporting

Colorado will be a hub of education for the underground construction industry with two short courses coming up that offer industry professionals the chance to hone their knowledge and skills.

University of Denver campus, Colorado
University of Denver campus, Colorado

Breakthroughs in Tunnelling returns to the University of Denver, Colorado, on 9-11 September 2019. Covering all aspects of tunneling, from planning to design, construction, and management, the course addresses topics central to a successful project, including risk management, contracting methods, and dispute resolution. There will also be case histories of the most innovative projects and advanced technologies.

To reflect the growing importance of ground improvement and construction grouting, the 2019 course includes presentations on various techniques, including jet, compaction, permeation, consolidation and contact grouting, as well as ground dewatering and freezing for tunnel, shaft, and cross-passage construction. Probing and pre-excavation grouting during tunnel excavation, will also be covered.

Breakthroughs in Tunneling 2018
Breakthroughs in Tunneling 2018

Other course topics will include:

  • Geotechnical site investigations
  • Geotechnical baseline reports
  • Project planning and tunnel design
  • Shaft design and construction
  • Conventional and NATM tunneling
  • Hard rock, EPM and slurry TBMs
  • Settlement monitoring and control
  • Project costing and scheduling
  • Upcoming tunneling projects

This course is aimed at owners, engineers, contractors, equipment manufacturers, and consultants involved in the design and construction of underground structures. There will also be networking opportunities and one-on-one discussions of specific projects. The full agenda can be viewed here.

October will see the Colorado School of Mines in Golden hosting Tunneling Fundamentals, Practice and Innovations. Taking place 14-17 October, this annual short course provides an overview of tunnel planning, design, and construction across all applications and geologies. Through presentations and hands-on workshops, the course provides an understanding of the practice of and innovations in tunneling worldwide.

Colorado School of Mines campus
Colorado School of Mines campus

A unique component of this course is the hands-on workshops in the testing and research facilities at Colorado School of Mines, covering:

  • EPB soil conditioning
  • Rock cutting
  • Abrasity and wear
  • Shotcrete
  • Grouting
  • Slurry

The full agenda for the course can be viewed here.


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