Registration is Now Open for the 13th Annual Breakthroughs in Tunneling Virtual Short Course

Aug 26, 2020

Due to lingering uncertainties regarding the coronavirus pandemic, the annual Breakthroughs in Tunneling Short Course has been re-scheduled as an online-only event. It will take place Oct. 5-9, 2020, from 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. EDT (US).

Although the format is different from years past, Breakthroughs in Tunneling will offer the same world-class instruction from leading industry professionals, focusing on real-world solutions for real-world problems. With the virtual instruction interface, attendees will have the opportunity to not only see presentations, but also network with the instructors and panelists, other attendees, and the conference sponsors. Early sponsors include McMillen Jacobs and Gall Zeidler.

Registration is now open. To attend the full five-day course the cost is $495. One-day sessions are also available for $150. Please contact Maura Bourquin for sponsorship information. Upon completion of the course, attendees will receive 2 CEU credits. For more information on the course visit the website.

Session topics will include:

Monday, October 5

Planning, Geotechnical Investigations, Tunnel Design and Risk Mitigation

  • Geotechnical Investigations and Risk in Tunneling – Greg Raines, Stantec
  • Baseline Reports, Project Means and Methods – Don Del Nero, Hatch
  • Tunnel Planning, Design and Constructability – Gary Brierley, Dr. Mole
  • Risk Assessment and Mitigation in Tunneling – Bob Goodfellow, Aldea Services
Tuesday, October 6

Innovations and Latest Developments in Hard Rock, Soft and Mixed-Ground Tunnel Construction

  • Latest Developments in EPB Machines
  • Innovations in Slurry and Hybrid TBMs
  • Developments in Hard Rock TBMs – Levent Ozdemir, Ozdemir Engineering
  • NATM/SEM Design and Construction – Vojtech Gall, Gall Zeidler
Wednesday, October 7

Challenges and Opportunities in Super-Large Diameter Tunnel Design and Construction

  • Planning for Super Large Diameter Tunnels – Anthony Bauer, HNTB and Ronak Naik, VTA
  • Design and Construction Challenges for Large Diameter Tunnels
  • Design and Operational Challenges in Super Large Diameter TBMs
  • Large Tunnel Case History- Hong Kong TM – CLK Project – Bob Frew, AECOM
Thursday, October 8

Innovations in Ground Improvement and Support Precast and Final Lining Design and Construction

  • Latest Ground Improvement and Grouting Techniques – Dennis Boehm, Hayward Baker
  • Innovations in Ground Probing and Pre-Excavation Grouting – Nils Kofoed, Kiewit
  • Innovations in Segmental Liner Design and Construction
  • Tunnel Portal and Shaft Design and Construction – Glen Boyce, McMillen Jacobs
Friday, October 9

Tunnel Instrumentation, Settlement Control, Process Optimization and Cost Estimating

  • Tunnel Instrumentation and Settlement Control – Zwangwei Ning, Sixsense
  • Tunnel Process Control and Data Management – Lars Babendererde, Babendererde Engineering
  • Tunneling Challenges in Urban Areas – Nasri Munfah, AECOM
  • Tunnel Achievement Award: L.A. Metro Regional Connector

The Breakthroughs in Tunneling Short Course is the oldest course of its kind. It is organized by Dr. Levent Ozdemir, a leading consultant and retired professor who has been recognized internationally for his contributions to the tunneling industry. Since its inception in 2008, the Breakthroughs in Tunneling Short Course has drawn more than 1,500 attendees from across the country, as well as internationally.

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