Presented by the
Geotechnical Research Centre
Western University

GRC 71513 - Tunnels and Underground Structures in Rock

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Instructors:  Dr. K.Y. Lo, Dr. C. Yuen, and Dr. S. Micic
Guest Lecturers: Dr. Trevor Carter, Boro Lukajic & Mike McNally
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July 15 & 16, July 22 & 23, & July 29 & 30, 2013

The GRC is pleased to offer an intensive course on Tunnels and Underground Structures in Rock for practicing engineers, to be held at Western University. For the convenience of practicing engineers, the course will be divided into three sections, so that participants may take one, two or three sections of their choice. Each section is comprised of two days, being Mondays and Tuesdays the week of July 15, July 22 and July 29.

Themes covered:

  • Initial in-situ stress conditions in different rock formation.

  • Measurements and evaluation of rockmass deformation and strength parameters for design purpose.

  • Measurement of time-dependent deformation and design for rock-structure-time interaction.

  • Consideration of excavation methods according to rock conditions: Drill and blast, Tunnel Boring Machines, full face, part face.

  • Geological issues in diverse rock conditions encountered in underground construction.

  • Scheduling and costing of tunnel construction.

  • Assessment of roof stability, floor heave and depth of overbreak.

  • 3-D concept of advance of tunnel face, rock burst and rock squeeze.

  • Design of temporary supports.

  • Design of permanent lining.

  • Monitoring and interpretation of stresses and displacement for construction control.

  • Instructive “successful” and “unsuccessful” case histories of tunnel construction.




3 Sections






2 Sections






1 Section





$   900

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Please note - Breakfast and lunch will be provided.
An additional 7% discount for group of 3 or more from same organization, only applicable to those taking the full course (i.e. 3 sections).


Faculty of Engineering • Spencer Engineering Building
Western University
London, Ontario, Canada, N6A 5B9 Tel: 519-661-3344
Updated June 14, 2013 by cquintus
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