The ATS Tunnel Design & Construction Short Course 2018

Melbourne 19-21 November


The Australasian Tunnelling Society (ATS) is pleased to announce that the Tunnel Design & Construction Short Course is to be held again in November 2018, and will be at the Pan Pacific hotel in Southbank, Melbourne.

The format will be two and a half days of presentations on topics related to tunnel design and construction, supplemented by workshop sessions to explore some of these topics in hands-on group exercises. There will also be an opportunity to join a site visit on the third day. The course will be supported by a social programme and an ATS CPD event developed to give course delegates an opportunity to meet informally with ATS committee members and practitioners from the tunnelling industry. The course is open to both members and non-members of the ATS.

The course will comprise a series of presentations by leading practitioners in the tunnelling industry on topics which are relevant to current practice in Australia. This will include themes such as tunnel design, management of ground and groundwater issues, tunnel construction, risk assessment and risk management, procurement and health and safety. Course delegates will have access to a comprehensive set of course notes, as well as to presentation material. Some topics will be delivered in an interactive workshop format.

Delegates will be able to select a site visit to the Metro Tunnel Project, the West Gate Tunnel Project or Bamford Rock Testing Services. This will give delegates an opportunity to see some of the equipment and methodologies discussed in the lectures first hand.

On behalf of the ATS, the organising committee wishes to extend an invitation to all young engineers, engineering students, tunnelling industry and associated industry practitioners, and others with an interest in tunnelling to participate and join us at this exciting event.

Tony Bennett, ATS Short Course Chair

The Tunnel Design & Construction Short Course is structured to be of value to:

  • Tunnelling practitioners who wish to bring their knowledge up to date
  • Tunnelling practitioners who wish to learn about related fields in which they do not have direct experience
  • Practitioners that work in associated areas, such as education, insurance or with public authorities
  • Young engineers and students who wish to gain an understanding of the work involved in the design and construction of tunnels

Course Themes

The three-day interactive course program features a series of presentations, workshops and tours. The course aim is to take the delegates through the entire life-cycle of a project covering all major aspects of tunnelling. Some of the topics proposed to be covered are:

– Design overview
– Geotechnical site investigation and interpretive reporting
– Groundwater inflow, drawdown and impact assessment
– Temporary and permanent support design
– Segmental lining design
– Tunnel waterproofing
– Fire and life safety and ventilation design

– Safety in Design
– Ground improvement
– Overview of tunnel and shaft construction methods
– Project procurement and risk management
– Tendering and estimating
– Construction management and logistics
– Tunnel operating systems

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