October 19-22, 2020POSTPONED to October 18-21, 2021
Golden, Colorado USA

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About this course...

Tunneling Fundamentals, Practice and Innovations is an annual short course for industry professionals that provides a comprehensive overview of tunnel planning, design and construction across all applications and all geologies. Through presentations by the tunneling industry's top-practicing experts combined with one-of-a-kind hands-on labs and workshops, this four-day course will provide you with a sound understanding of the state practice and innovations in tunneling worldwide.

A unique component of this course will be the opportunity to participate in hands-on labs and workshops in state-of-the-art testing and research facilities at Colorado School of Mines.

Lab and workshops will cover:

  • EPB Soil Conditioning
  • Rock Cutting
  • Abrasity and Wear
  • Shotcrete
  • Grouting
  • Slurry

Who should attend?

Industry professionals including owners, designers, contractors, consultants and suppliers involved in the design, planning and construction of tunnels in all geological conditions.

Continuing education credits

Don't miss this opportunity to network, learn and earn Continuing Education Credits! Colorado School of Mines will award 2.3 CEUs to all eligible participants who complete this course.


The course will be taught on the campus of Colorado School of Mines in Golden, Colorado USA. Learn more...


If your company is interested in sponsoring this event, please contact underground@mines.edu or 303-384-2434.


Registration for this course is open now. Enrollment is limited; therefore, applications will be accepted in the order received. Full information about fees, options, and payment methods is available. Learn more...

Travel and Accommodations

Registrants are responsible for their own travel arrangements, transportation, lodging, and meals. Additional information is available through the links below.


Course presenters will include tunnel industry experts from the contracting, design and supplier communities. An agenda for the course, showing all presenters, is available. Learn more...

Course Directors

The course is organized by the Colorado School of Mines Center for Underground Construction & Tunneling and is directed by:

Mike Mooney
Professor and Grewcock Chair in UC&T
Center for Underground Construction & Tunneling
Colorado School of Mines

Gabriel Walton
Assistant Professor of UC&T and Geological Engineering
Center for Underground Construction & Tunneling
Colorado School of Mines

The Center for Underground Construction & Tunneling at Colorado School of Mines offers a number of short courses for industry professionals. A course list is available.

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