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A heavyweight line-up for TBM DiGs 2019 19 Sep 2019

TBM-DiG News Release

TBM DiGs 2019 will open with an keynote panel discussion looking back at previous TBM DiG conferences, led by moderators, Prof Robert Galler of Monanuniversität Leoben, Austria, and Alan Howard, Vice President and Managing Partner of Bierley Associates. Also joining the panel will be Prof Jian Zhao of Monash University, Australia, Lok Home, President of The Robbins Company and Wang Dujuan, Chief Technology Officer of China Railway Equipment Group.

Colorado School of Mines will host TBM DiGs 2019
Colorado School of Mines will host TBM DiGs 2019

A second keynote, after lunch on Day 1, will be moderated by Prof Zhao and include Ulrich Maidl of Maidl Tunnelconsultants, and Brian Fulcher of Jacab MacMillan and Chair of WG-14 of the ITA, the working group focused on mechanised tunnelling. Around the keynotes, Day 1 technical sessions will include presentations on TBM operations in mixed ground, new technologies, extreme tunnelling.

Opening Day 2, a third keynote session will be moderated by Lars Langmaack, Technical Director TBM at MC-Bauchemie Müller, and feature presentations from Werner Burger, Chief Engineer at Herrenknecht, and Brian Russell of HNTB, who will speak on the SR-99 viaduct replacement tunnel in Seattle. A final keynote will conclude the programme and include presentation of the TBM DiG 2019 Awards. Chris Dreyer of the Centre for Space Resources at the Colorado School of Mines will also present on tunnelling on the moon by lunar TBM.

Technical sessions on Day 2 will cover long and squeezing tunnels, as well as the challenges of tunnelling in hard and soft ground. In total, 35 papers will be presented as part of the conference programme in addition to the four keynote sessions. Preceding the conference, attendees have the opportunity to visit the Eisenhower Tunnel and Loveland Pass, as well as tour the Colorado School of Mines Earth Mechanics Institute. Additional information is available on the event website.

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Global interest in TBM discussions 11 Jul 2019

TBM DiGs News Release

Premier international research institutions, the RUB University of Bochum, Germany, Southwest Jiaotong University, and the Transportation Tunnel Research Institute of Chengdu, China, are confirmed participants and sponsors of the TBM DiGs 2019 conference to be held in Golden, Colorado, in November. The contribution by these institutions will bring a diverse range of expertise in TBM tunneling from these important sectors of the global industry, Europe and China. The ITA, International Tunnelling and Underground Space Association, will also have a strong presence and deliver a keynote lecture on the state of the international tunneling industry.

“Plans for the fourth TBM DiGs conference met with much enthusiasm from the sponsors, exhibitors, and delegates at the World Tunnel Congress in Naples and the RETC in Chicago in June,” said organising committee member, Jamal Rostami of the Colorado School of Mines. “Organisation is now well underway for the conference, which gathers TBM specialists from around the world for discussion of recent and ongoing TBM projects in difficult ground conditions.”

Draft manuscripts of the more than 80 papers have been submitted and are under review. Final manuscripts are to be submitted by 1 August, ahead of the publication of the final agenda.

Experts from around the world are in the conference programme to share their experiences with TBMs in difficult conditions. Delegates will enjoy talks from keynote speakers including: Herbert Einstein from MIT on risk management, Lok Home from Robbins on the evolution of the TBM technology, Werner Berger of Herrenknecht on new technologies, and Wang Dujuan of CREG on innovative machine concepts.

As well as leading TBM manufacturers, other confirmed sponsors exhibitors include Brierley Associates, tool manufacturer Kennametal, equipment supplier Komatsu, USA contractor Kiewit, and materials provider Mapei.

Discussions at the conference will centre on solutions to TBM challenges in hard rock to soft ground conditions. Papers will focus on application of TBMs when known challenging ground conditions exist.

Additional information is available on the event website and send an email for technical discussions and program details and contact for technical support and exhibitions information.

The organisers look forward to hosting all the TBM experts and delegates from around the world.

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Working TBMs in difficult ground conference 30 May 2019

TBM-DiG News Release

Solutions to TBM challenges in hard rock to soft ground conditions are to be discussed and the fourth staging of the TBM-DiGs conference to be held in Golden, Colorado, USA from 14-15 November 2019. More than 80 paper abstracts have been submitted for presentation across the two-day event. There will include papers focused on new and innovative technologies to respond to ever more challenging ground conditions where TBMs are being applied. 

Experts from around the world are in the conference programme to share their experiences with TBMs in difficult conditions. Delegates will enjoy talks from keynote speakers including:

  • Herbert Einstein from MIT on risk management
  • Lok Home from Robbins on the evolution of the TBM technology
  • Werner Berger of Herrenknecht on new technologies, and
  • Wang Dujuan of CREG on innovative machine concepts

High profile sponsors of the event include TBM manufacturers Herrenknecht, Robbins and CREG, and research institutions the Transportation Tunnel Research Institute of Chengdu, China and key consulting firms including Brierley Associates.  The ITA, International Tunnelling and Underground Space Association, is to have a strong presence and deliver a keynote lecture on the state of the international tunneling industry. 

The conference will start with a reception and tour of the Excavation Engineering and Earth Mechanics Institute (EMI) of the Colorado School of Mines where participants will be updated on the ongoing research activities and have the opportunity to meet Underground Construction and Tunneling (UCT) faculty and students to discuss ongoing research.  There will also be tours of the Golden and Rocky Mountains. 

Additional information is available on the event website and send an email for technical discussions and program details and contact for technical support and exhibitions information.  

The organisers look forward to hosting all the TBM experts and delegates from around the world. 

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