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| GOIN’ UNDERGROUND Colorado School of Mines is at the forefront of advancing knowledge in underground construction. Through the Center, faculty and students work together on projects ranging from “blue sky” ideas to very applied. Student internships and longstanding professional relationships with industry partners ensure Mines has a finger on the pulse of the current challenges facing tunnel engineers, project managers, owners, and consultants. The university’s community is focused on solving current research topics, including sensing, control and automation of tunnel boring machines, advancing performance modeling of underground equipment, abrasivity and wear, imaging ahead of the face, shotcrete materials, soil conditioning, and many more. A complete list of projects can be found at underground. mines.edu. Colorado School of Mines has recently expanded its reach in underground construction and tunneling research with the addition of a U.S. Department of Transportationfunded UTC pursues research in rehabilitation and renewal of aging infrastructure with several projects related to aging lining, shotcrete behavior, and advances in shotcrete materials and construction methods. In addition, Colorado School of Mines provides continuing education for industry professionals to expand on its mission to advance knowledge. Mines offered four short courses in 2016: Shotcrete; Geotechnical & Structural Instrumentation, Monitoring, and Information Engineering; Underground Grouting and Ground Improvement; and Tunneling Fundamentals, Practice and Innovation. These courses attracted hundreds of attendees from all levels of employment and provided professionals with opportunities to network and discuss research with Mines faculty and students. All net revenue generated from these professional 36 dedicated underground construction and tunneling University Transportation Center (UTC) for Underground Transportation Infrastructure. The newly established short courses are fed back into tunneling education, providing Mines students with funding for field trips, lab equipment, guest-lecture seminars, and internships. This September, Mines will hold their annual short course in Tunneling Fundamentals, Practice and Innovation. In 2016, this course drew over 120 participants and more than 20 speakers, representing a broad perspective on the tunneling industry from young and seasoned professionals alike. Colorado School of Mines is well-positioned for recognition as home to the most advanced tunneling research in the world. 2018 short course dates will be announced later this year. More information can be found at underground.mines.edu. There are many ways for companies to get involved with Underground at Colorado School of Mines. Please contact the school if interested in sponsoring research, attending short courses, hosting interns, or presenting at a lunch and learn (www.mines.edu). Michael Mooney is a Professor of civil engineering and the Grewcock Chair in Underground Construction & Tunneling at Colorado School of Mines. Mooney serves as Director for the Center of Excellence in Underground Construction & Tunneling and is also Director of SmartGeo. He received his BA in physics from Hastings College, Hastings, NB, and his BS in civil engineering from Washington University in St. Louis, MO, in 1991 as part of the 3-2 program. Mooney received his MS in civil-structural engineering from the University of California, Irvine, CA, in 1993 and his PhD in civil-geotechnical engineering from Northwestern University, Evanston, IL, in 1996. He has worked in civil engineering consulting in Ireland, Italy, California, Oklahoma, and Colorado. Mooney’s background in physics, structural and geotechnical engineering, and construction (along with his desire to operate heavy equipment) has fueled his interest in intelligent geosystems, underground construction and tunneling, and geoconstruction in general. Shotcrete | Summer 2017 www.shotcrete.org


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