DFI supports industry education 15 Aug 2019

DFI News Release

Registration is open for the DFI Shotcrete Short Course to be held 9-11 September 2019 at the Argo Mill in Idaho Springs, Colorado. The Institute has also announced the recipients of its 2019 scholarships for students of subjects in the field of deep foundations.

DFI shotcrete training
DFI shotcrete training

Organised by the DFI Tunnelling and Underground Committee, the 2.5 day short course targets those involved in the design, planning, and construction of underground civil and geotechnical engineering projects. It will cover engineering, mix designs, materials, equipment, ACI Codes and specifications, construction, inspection, and quality assurance/quality control (QA/QC). Case studies from the Larondo mine and Pan American Silver will also be presented and there will be field demonstrations of techniques used in underground construction, including:

  • Batching and mixing
  • Dry and wet shotcrete applications
  • Vertical and overhead spraying
  • Robotic arm spraying

An optional EFNARC Nozzleman Certification Program is available as part of the course.

DFI supports industry education
DFI supports industry education

The course will be led by DFI members Dr Raymond Henn of RW Henn and Daniel Millette of MacLean Engineering. Henn has 44 years of experience in underground construction. Millette is an expert in shotcrete equipment and chemicals, as well as operator training. The complete program can be viewed here.

The DFI Tunneling and Underground Committee was established in May 2019 to provide a professional forum to advance the design, construction, inspection, maintenance, and operation of underground infrastructure.

In separate news, the DFI Educational Trust 2019 scholarships were awarded to 23 students and totaled US$60,000. Scholarships range from US$2,000 to US$5,000 and are funded by endowments, donations, and fundraising. Since 2006, the Trust has awarded more than US$1.1 million to more than 300 students at universities in the USA and the province of Ontario, Canada.


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