EDUCATION AND TRAINING Young engineers compare shadow designs 15 Jan 2014
Colorado School of Mines News Release
Nineteen students from the Colorado School of Mines (CSM) paid a site visit to Seattle to inspect first hand the world's largest TBM and compare their own classroom designs of the world record 17.5m tunnel with those of the actual project.
Many of the graduate students who traveled with the group participated in the 'Analysis and Design of Tunnels in Soft Ground' course taught by Dr Mike Mooney in the fall of 2013 at CSM, in which they completed academic designs of many aspects of the world record 17.5m diameter double-deck traffic tunnel. The tour provided valuable experience for them to compare what they had analyzed and developed in the classroom with the actual, implemented design.
Students paid a site visit to world record project in Seattle

Students paid a site visit to world record project in Seattle

The students included undergraduates Justin Downs, Stephanie Ecker, James Halverson, Erin Keogh, John Kuyt, Mark Landman, Heather Mergentime, Fausto Moraes and Stephen Semmens; and graduate students Ian Donovan, Robert Godinez, Mason Kreidler, Lisa Mori, Eric Poeck, Simon Prassetyo, Brock Rysdahl, Kevin Schaeffer, Daniel Cano and Erick Wilkins. The trip was organized and financially supported by the Center for Underground Construction & Tunneling at CSM.
In addition to touring the SR99 Alaskan Way project site, students visited a 6m diameter metro tunnel and station under construction by Sound Transit. "Juxtaposing visits to the two very different projects provided the students with a rich educational experience," said Dr Mooney.
Professor Mooney leads a university-wide Center of Excellence in Underground Construction and Tunnelling (UC&T), which is an interdisciplinary effort across civil, geological and mining engineering, and includes mechanical and electrical engineering, geophysics and computer science. The mission of the Center, based in Golden, Colorado, is to educate engineers (who frequently have not yet specialized in the underground arm of the engineering discipline) to join the UC&T industry and to advance knowledge that benefits industry through research.
Boosting underground training opportunities - TunnelTalk, October 2013
Technical details of record setting TBM - TunnelCast, December 2013
Alaskan Way mega-project procurement - TunnelTalk, October 2010
Months early for U-220 TBMs in Seattle - TunnelTalk, August 2012

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