Paula Wallis and Shani Wallis, TunnelTalk
- Leading reasons why young graduates have shied away from civil engineering, and underground engineering in particular, have been poor pay packages and lack of career security. The following set of interviews with young tunnelling engineers indicate this is no longer the case.
There is such a high demand
Always new and different
Young engineers of the globe
A ticket to travel the world
Women in tunnelling? You bet!
- See how young engineers around the world have found well paying and rewarding careers in tunnelling, as told in the following video produced for the International Tunnelling and Underground Space Association (ITA).
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Nagappa ananthaswamy, India, Client
I got appointed in 1977 as tunnel engineer for Kali Head Race Tunnel 10000 mtrs long and 9.625m dia horse shoe shape tunnel around 120m below earth surface.It was planned to tackle in around 10 working phases by providing 3 intermediate adit tunnels and 2shafts 1 vertical and 1 inclined with winches.Excavation method adopted was heading and benching with 5mtrs deep drill holes using jack hammer with pnumatic air,loaded with superdyne80 with central zero detonator and outwards with delay detonators for easy pull.mucking done by dumpers through adits and finally concreting done by providing left and right bottom kerbs & steel gantry of 10 mt.
Daniel Louis, S. Korea / USA, Samsung C&T
Prof. Tor Brekke !!
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Ksn Vasu Babu, India, Student
My boss, an expert in the tunnel division, introduced to me to TBMs. I am a graduate mechanical engineer and I am satisfied with my job profile.
Ludwig Wiesmeier, Germany, Consultant
Civil engineering was the favoured topic to study but coming to tunnelling was because of visiting tunnel construction sites and working there for a vacation job. Then, the former director of an big Austrian construction company became my university professor and supported education especially in tunnelling.
Du, Italy, Client
Just for fun!
Akshay Acharya, India, Geologist and Geotech Professional in hydel sector
The challange was not less than army duty, where vulnerabilities and uncertainities were everywhere and as a geotech man, tunnelling is very challenging for me, unlike my first job in the cement industry.
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