Underground Construction and Tunnel Engineering
Colorado School of Mines offers the only graduate degree program in Underground Construction and Tunnel Engineering in North America.
Colorado School of Mines offers the only graduate degree program in Underground Construction and Tunnel Engineering in North America. This unique, interdisciplinary degree program provides students with a breadth of knowledge in all aspects of underground construction. Faculty and student researchers involved in UCTE have backgrounds in civil engineering, geology and geological engineering, and mining engineering.
Undergraduate students can pursue a minor in UCTE or specialized courses in UCTE as an Area of Special Interest. We offer courses that directly address site investigation, analysis, design, construction and project management of underground structures as well as fundamental courses in soil mechanics, rock mechanics, groundwater, structures and risk assessment needed for this complex field.
Colorado School of Mines is also home to the only Underground Construction Association (UCA of SME) local chapter in the U.S. and holds weekly “Lunch & Learn” seminars featuring presentations from underground construction industry leaders.
In addition, Mines hosts several industry-focused multi-day short courses each year on topics such as Tunneling Fundamentals, Practice and Innovations and Underground Grouting and Ground Improvement . Students can attend these short courses to learn about innovations in the underground construction and tunneling industry and to network with industry professionals.
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Underground Construction and Tunnel Engineering (UCTE) is an established area of engineering that is growing in popularity both in the US and internationally.
Mines provides a unique graduate certificate that no other university in North America can offer. The UCTE grad certificate program pulls coursework from our traditional UCTE graduate degree program and makes it available to professionals in industry. Students will gain real-world experience from the Underground Construction and Management, Underground Construction Engineering in Soft Ground and Underground Construction Engineering in Hard Rock courses.
The UCTE grad certificate program also provides an opportunity for recent graduates to pursue a specialization in UCTE. There are many strong mining, civil and geological programs in the US and internationally, but the vast majority of them do not have expertise in UCTE.
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- For international applicants or applicants whose native language is not English, please review the English Proficiency requirement
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- A fascinating look at tunneling and railroad history Did you know that until 1910, rail passengers traveling to New York City from points west had to disembark in Jersey City, New Jersey, and take ferries across the Hudson River for the final leg of the …
- A history of tunneling and underground construction and the factors driving current and future demand Tunneling and underground construction—likely first performed by prehistoric humans who sought to make their cave homes larger—has a long and varied history. In time, all major ancient civilizations d …
- What makes underground construction and tunnel engineering different from advanced programs in civil, mining and geological? Underground construction and tunnel engineering is truly an interdisciplinary practice, involving knowledge and skills primarily in civil engineering, geological engineering and mining engineering and …
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Tunnel Engineering Certificate
The University of Colorado Boulder’s one-of-a-kind, non-credit Online Certificate in Tunneling gives you the opportunity to be on the forefront of the tunneling industry, which has a worldwide need for skilled professionals.
This non-credit course is endorsed by the International Tunneling and Underground Space Association .
Who Should Attend
This program is geared toward engineers or engineering geologists with an MS and BS in civil engineering, engineering geology or mining engineering who want to obtain a working knowledge of tunnel design and construction by applying the fundamentals acquired in their BS and MS degrees (and possible professional experience).
Lectures by the program director, CU Boulder alumnus Fulvio Tonon, form the backbone of each of the 11 modules. They are supplemented by seminars from international industry experts, who drill deep into specific topics and provide case histories, and structured assignments to help students fully master the concepts. All lectures have been recorded and may be attended anytime, anywhere.
- General Tunneling Aspects
- Engineering Geology (stresses, strains, and anisotropy)
- Engineering Rock Mechanics
- Soil Mechanics & Geotechnical Engineering, Investigations
- Using Rock and Soil Mechanics
- Analytical and Numerical Methods for Diagnosis Phase; Therapy Phase for Preliminary Confinement
- Type A tunnels: Analytical
- Methods of Analysis and Design
- Type A Tunnels: Excavation in Rock
- Therapy Phase and Construction Phase for Preconfinement (Type B & C Tunnels) and Final Lining
- Mechanized Tunneling with Face Control for Type B and C Tunnels
- Monitoring and Surveying
- Risk Assessment & Management
This online course can be started at any time. It is self-paced, but must be completed within four years.
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Why engineers should seriously consider an advanced degree in underground construction and tunnel engineering
It may seem like underground construction and tunnel engineering is having a moment, thanks in part to Elon Musk and the high-tech sheen of his Hyperloop and The Boring Company projects.
But the truth is that the industry, in addition to a rich history, has a thriving and varied present and anticipates further growth in its immediate future, driving demand for engineers with the advanced skills needed to meet its unique challenges.
While underground projects—especially large and complex builds—require all manner of engineers, those with specialized training in underground construction and tunnel engineering (UCTE) have greater opportunities to take part in and lead these efforts.
“UCTE is an interdisciplinary mix of structural, geotechnical and construction disciplines from civil engineering, excavation and material handling from mining engineering, and ground/groundwater characterization from geological engineering” says Mike Mooney, Grewcock Chair Professor of Underground Construction & Tunneling and Director of the UCTE graduate program. “Our UCTE graduate degree program blends the key components from our civil, mining and geological engineering degree programs.”
“UCTE is the perfect marriage of geological sciences and fundamental engineering,” says Ryan O’Connell, a master’s student in underground construction and tunnel engineering at Colorado School of Mines .
What sets a master’s or PhD in UCTE apart from advanced degrees in civil, mining or geological engineering? »
The need to address transportation challenges—whether it’s via underground roadways, subways and train tunnels or more futuristic efforts such as Musk’s Loop system—is just one of the many factors leading to increased interest in subterranean construction.
“Urbanization is driving underground development,” says Mooney,. “Urban areas have less room and need more infrastructure—water, wastewater, stormwater, energy, utilities, and data centers. Underground provides huge opportunity to make cities livable.”
“Tunneling is one promising alternative for solving these problems and meeting the demands of our growing cities,” O’Connell says.
Learn more about the history of underground construction and tunnel engineering and what is driving current and future demand »
All this means engineers who specialize in underground construction and tunnel design and construction are in high demand. “We have 100 percent placement of our graduates,” says Mooney, with an average of two to three job offers for every student who completes the program.
With that demand comes commensurate compensation. Industry job titles are varied, so it’s a little tricky to pin down, but the numbers are impressive regardless.
Learn about the career prospects for UCT engineers—salaries, companies, current and upcoming projects
At minimum, pursuing an advanced degree in underground construction and tunnel engineering requires a bachelor’s degree, prerequisite coursework related to the strength or mechanics of materials and fluid mechanics, and acceptable GRE scores.
Succeeding, however, takes more than the basics. Mines students and faculty can provide excellent advice on preparing for an advanced program in UCTE.
Read words of wisdom from the Mines UCT community, including what students wish they had known before starting »
Advanced degree programs specializing in underground construction and tunneling are rare: Colorado School of Mines has the only such program in North America. However, whether you are considering a bachelor’s, masters or doctoral degree, graduate certificates or short courses, there are several things to keep in mind.
What to consider in selecting a program in underground construction and tunnel engineering »
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Australia’s first postgraduate major in Tunnelling and Underground Engineering
Australia’s rapid expansion and surge in infrastructure development has created a demand for experts in tunnelling and underground engineering.
UTS launches Australia’s first tunnelling and underground engineering program
In February 2024, the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering is launching Australia’s first specialised postgraduate major in Tunnelling and Underground Engineering.
This major is aimed at industry professionals and has been designed closely with industry experts to ensure students receive real-world and in-field practice as part of the learning experience.
Students will undertake projects to develop knowledge and skills to comprehend new technologies and enhance the design, operation, and optimisation of Tunnelling and Underground Engineering.
The Tunnelling and Underground Engineering program presents an exceptional opportunity for students to attain practical insights and real-world experience in the field of tunnelling and underground engineering. By incorporating industry expertise into the curriculum, students will develop the knowledge and professional skills essential to this sector. Dr Haleh Rasekh Tunnelling and Underground Engineering Coordinator
Students will study practical skills in modern site investigations, planning, design, construction, management, tunnel boring machines, trenchless technologies, safety and sustainability aspects of tunnelling and underground engineering projects.
In which degrees is the major available?
The Tunnelling and Underground Engineering major/stream is available in the following postgraduate programs:
Autumn 2024 Applications now open
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Graduates can pursue various career opportunities within the civil engineering and construction industry.
Tunnel Engineer: Working on the design, construction, and maintenance of tunnels.
Construction Manager: Overseeing the execution of tunnelling and underground projects.
Project Manager: Leading tunnelling and underground engineering projects from inception to completion.
Consultant/Specialist: Providing expertise to engineering firms, government agencies, or private companies on tunnelling and underground engineering projects.
UTS acknowledges the Gadigal people of the Eora Nation, the Boorooberongal people of the Dharug Nation, the Bidiagal people and the Gamaygal people, upon whose ancestral lands our university stands. We would also like to pay respect to the Elders both past and present, acknowledging them as the traditional custodians of knowledge for these lands.
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PhD Studentship: The Impact of Hydrogeological Factors on the Degradation of Masonry-lined Railway Tunnels
This project is sponsored by Network Rail and is an exciting opportunity to work on the degradation of masonry-lined tunnels , which pose a risk to UK railway infrastructure. This project will
PhD Position - Scanning tunneling microscopy of exotic quantum phenomena in van der Waals heterostructures
. Heterostructures will be fabricated on-site and studied in our state-of-the-art scanning tunneling microscopes. Your primary scientific tasks will be: Ultra-low temperature (≤1 K) scanning tunneling microscopy
pressures can occur, in the order of several MPa. Consequently, construction projects in clay-sulfate rock today are still prone to imponderable risks: in tunneling , where the swelling can cause uplift
PhD Studentship: Swim like a Whale: Underwater Propulsion at High Reynolds Numbers
the Recirculating Water Tunnel facilities. The work requires detailed flow diagnostics and the use of direct force/pressure measurement techniques. Applicants should have a strong background in fluid
PhD position in the field of carbon-based quantum spin devices
tunneling microscope. In combination with multiconfigurational simulations, such experiments will determine the energetics and dynamics of electronic and spin excitations in these strongly correlated quantum
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PhD Studentship: Effectiveness of Electrokinetic Stabilisation (EKS) for Low Strength Collapsible Slopes
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3 PhD's Spiking integrated photonics for neuromorphic sensing and processing
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PhD: Quantum Coherent Control of Atomic Spin Centers in an Atomic Force [...]
of these individual quantum objects by advancing the recently realized combination of electron spin resonance and scanning tunneling microscopy (ESR-STM) . ESR-STM allows for the coherent manipulation of single atom
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earthquakes, tunnelling -induced failure, etc) is known to vary on all spatial scales. Natural stress variations are linked to topography at shallow depths, to contrasts in rock mass compliance and to slip
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National Technical University of Athens
Published 18 March 2020
Print ISBN 978-1-78985-465-7
eBook (PDF) ISBN 978-1-78985-914-0
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This volume presents a selection of chapters covering a wide range of tunneling engineering topics. The scope was to present reviews of established methods and new approaches in construction practice and in digital technology tools like building information modeling. The book is divided in four sections dealing with geological aspects of tunneling, analysis and design, new challenges in tunnel con...
This volume presents a selection of chapters covering a wide range of tunneling engineering topics. The scope was to present reviews of established methods and new approaches in construction practice and in digital technology tools like building information modeling. The book is divided in four sections dealing with geological aspects of tunneling, analysis and design, new challenges in tunnel construction, and tunneling in the digital era. Topics from site investigation and rock mass failure mechanisms, analysis and design approaches, and innovations in tunnel construction through digital tools are covered in 10 chapters. The references provided will be useful for further reading.
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