BTS Tunnel design and construction course 17 May 2018

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Registration continues for the annual tunnel design and construction training course organised and managed by the British Tunnelling Society (BTS). Running from 2 to 6 July 2018, the course takes place at the University of Warwick in Coventry in the UK and participants from around the world are eligible and invited to take part.

The comprehensive five-day residential course is aimed at young design and construction engineers at the start of their civil engineering careers and requiring or desiring a detailed introduction to all aspects of the tunnelling and underground construction industry to expand their knowledge and employment prospects.

“There has been a substantial increase in the number of new underground infrastructure projects across the globe over the last decade and the demand for skilled professionals in this specific and particular field of civil and geotechnical design and construction engineering is high,” said BTS Chair Mark Leggett. “The international 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."

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In recent years the course has attracted up to 90 delegates with young professionals from the UK joined by participants from Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Singapore, Kenya, Qatar, Dubai, Egypt, Spain, France, Canada, Brazil, Switzerland, Denmark, Finland and Ireland. Delegates have included representatives from client organisations and construction and consulting engineering firms as well as manufacturers and suppliers of equipment and materials and those from the financial and insurance industries with involvement in tunnelling projects. The course programme aims to engage and stimulate debate, enhance learning, and to seek feedback in return to contribute to development for the course for future sessions.

The course speakers and lecturers are all recognised experts in their own fields and the presentation programme is widely accepted within the industry as providing the highest standard of technical content developed to engage and inform attendees from a wide range of backgrounds.

Course fees for the five-day intensive programme range up to £1,575 for a full room and board live-in delegate.

To support the education and training of new professionals for the UK underground construction industry, the BTS offers a sponsorship programme for up to five UK participants. These are available to either university students, apprentices of more than 18 years old, or those professionals or graduates who are not in employment at present. Sponsorship includes the course fee and full room and board accommodation with a value up to £1,585.

In addition to a link to all the course presentations, each delegate receives a large lever arch file of course notes and materials on the first day and receives a hard copy of two technical publications – Monitoring Underground Construction and Specification for Tunnelling, Third Edition. On completing the course, each delegate receives a Continuing Professional Development certificate from the BTS.

Having completed the course, delegates will:

BTS sponsors and supports several education and training opportunities
BTS sponsors and supports several education and training opportunities
  • Understand current best practice in all aspects of tunnel construction from planning through to construction;
  • Be informed on the risks involved and the technical solutions for different ground conditions;
  • Have an appreciation of 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;
  • Have received copies of the latest relevant technical reports by the BTS and
  • Have enjoyed social events include sporting activities and group dinners, to add to the hard work of study during the day

For more details about the BTS training course download the brochure and register to attend on the BTS website. For sponsorship details download and submit the application form .

In addition to the design and construction course, the BTS also runs a two-day Underground Health and Safety Course dedicated specifically to developing an awareness of the health and safety risks associated with the underground construction environment. The course is held each each year in November at the Institution of Civil Engineers in London. It is also highly regarded within the industry and attracts delegates from far and wide.

BTS also supports and sponsors the one-year MSc Degree course in underground and tunnelling design and construction also at the University of Warwick in Coventry. Details of the education and training opportunities organised and sponsored by the BTS are available on the BTS website.


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