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EDUCATION AND TRAINING BTS Tunnel design and construction course 28 May 2013
British Tunnelling Society News Release
Registration is now open for the annual tunnel design and construction training course offered by the British Tunnelling Society (BTS). Running from 1 to 5 July 2013, the course will again take place at the University of Warwick in Coventry, UK.
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The comprehensive five-day course is designed to provide a detailed introduction to all aspects of the industry and all aspects of an underground project's life. Using worked examples and workshop sessions, the course is aimed at young design and construction engineers at the start of their civil engineering careers, as well as representatives from client organisations and financial and insurance professionals with involvement in tunnelling projects.
The course speakers are all recognised experts in their own fields and the BTS Tunnel Design and Construction Course is widely accepted within the industry as providing the highest standard of technical content designed so as to engage and inform attendees from a wide range of backgrounds.

Previous courses have attracted delegates from around the world. Upon completion delegates will:
• Understand current best practice in all aspects of tunnel construction from
   planning through to construction;
• Be informed on risk, technical solutions for differing ground conditions and
   the health and safety aspects of tunneling projects;
• Have networked with other delegates and had the opportunity to discuss technical matters with many of
   Europe's leading tunneling practitioners, and;
• Receive copies of the latest relevant BTS publications.
"The tunnel industry climate at the moment presents fantastic opportunities for right-minded young people, engineers, surveyors, geologists, geotechnical engineers, and technicians, to take up a rewarding and personally fulfilling career in this industry," said BTS Chairman Damian McGirr.
"2012 has been another successful year for the British tunnelling industry, with excavation now well under way on Crossrail and the commencement of the sprayed concrete works for the underground stations. Tunnelling works for the Lee Tunnel and the cable tunnels in London are also well under way and the future for the industry in the UK looks positive for 2013 and beyond," said McGirr.
BTS Tunnel Design and Construction course
Monday, July 1Project Development
Tuesday, July 2Soft Ground Tunnelling 1
Wednesday, July 3 Sprayed Concrete Lining
Thursday, July 4 Soft Ground Tunnelling 2
Friday, July 5Hard Ground Tunnelling

(There will be a course dinner at 8pm on 4 July)
"Projects with a tunnel element remain at the forefront of the UK National Infrastructure Plan and we can look forward to some significant projects on the horizon; Bank Station capacity upgrade which should be awarded in 2013; Thames Tideway due out to tender in 2013; Northern Line Extension to Battersea, again due out to tender in 2013; High Speed 2; and Crossrail 2."
"This course gives a basic appraisal of tunnelling and is aimed at those with limited knowledge of tunnelling or looking to further their knowledge. We will try to engage and stimulate debate, to enhance learning, and we will also seek feedback so that we can refine and improve future courses."
Registration for the course, which runs between July 1 - July 5 (2013) and takes place at the University of Warwick in Coventry, UK, must be completed online via the BTS website.
The course will also include an introduction to the University of Warwick one-year MSc tunnelling masters degree, which is supported by the BTS. The next course begins in September 2013.
BTS website
BTS Tunnel Design and Construction leaflet - TunnelTalk,
Warwick University tunneling course

UK MSc course for masters in tunneling - TunnelTalk, July 2011

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