The UEC committee continues its successful Underground Engineering Speakers Program and Student Tunnel Tour Program. The Speakers Program links potential speakers from industry with student chapters of G-I or ASCE and the Underground Construction Association of the Society for Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration (UCA of SME). The Student Tunnel Tour Program provides student chapters with travel grants for a tour of a major underground construction project. This year’s tour sites include the Rondout West Branch Bypass Tunnel Project in Newburgh, New York and the MD355 (BRAC) Crossing in Bethesda, Maryland. Interest or questions for either UEC program, please contact Tom Pennington or Debra Laefer. Speaker topics include:

  • Case histories
  • Geotechnical investigation and geotechnical engineering for tunneling
  • Tunnel Design
  • Tunneling methods
  • Soft ground tunnel design and construction by Tunnel Boring Machine (TBM)
  • Hard rock tunneling by Tunnel Boring Machine (TBM)
  • Sequential Excavation Method (SEM) for tunneling
  • Groundwater control and ground improvement for tunneling
  • Designing and monitoring for protection of existing structures during underground construction
  • Geotechnical considerations and seismic design of tunnels
  • Tunnel inspection and rehabilitation
  • A day in the workplace – a young tunnel engineer’s perspective