We host a free seminar series throughout the academic year featuring speakers from all aspects of the underground construction and tunneling industry — designers, contractors, consultants, owners, manufacturers, suppliers — to discuss current projects, case histories, technical advance and to pose industry challenges to our students and staff.

We regularly collaborate and co-sponsor these seminars with our student chapters of the Underground Construction Association (UCA), American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), and the Association of Environmental and Engineering Geologists (AEG).

These events are free and open to all. Please note: dates and presenters are subject to change. Past seminars are archived below with downloadable presentation notes and flyers available as noted.


03/22/17: Converting Open-Pit Mining to Underground Mining

Presenter: Kyle Rovick, Kiewit

03/08/17: Thimble Shoal Tunnel Project Overview (Event Flyer)

Presenter: Colin Lawrence, Global Tunnel Practice Leader, Executive Vice President, Mott MacDonald

02/23/17: Lucky Friday #4 Shaft: Design and Evolution (Event Flyer)

Presenter: Dave Berberick, Senior Project Manager, Hecla Limited

02/08/17: Eisenhower-Johnson Memorial Tunnel Fixed Fire Suppression System (Event Flyer)

Presenter: James Carroll, West Coast Manager, ILF Consultants, Inc.

01/18/17: NEW Colorado School of Mines University Transportation Center for Underground Transportation Infrastructure (UTC-UTI) (Event Flyer)

Presenter: Marte Gutierrez, Director, UTC-UTI, and James R. Paden Distinguished Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Colorado School of Mines
Click here to view the presentation slides

01/11/17: Understanding the Dynamics of Risk on a Tunnel Project Site (Event Flyer)

Presenter: Jacob A. Coibion, Tunnel Project Manager, Guy F. Atkinson Construction Company

12/07/16: Microwave-assisted hard rock cutting (Event Flyer)

Presenter: Dr. Philipp Hartlieb, senior researcher at Montanuniversitaet Leoben, Austria

11/16/16: Practical Lessons in Geotechnics (Event Flyer)

Presenter: Don W. Deere, Deere and Ault Consultants, Inc.

11/11/16: Global City Infrastructure: A look at how mega-cities around the world are engineering the future (Event Flyer)

Presenter: Martin Knights, global tunnel lead for CH2M

11/02/16: Design through Construction—Lake Travis Water Treatment Plant No. 4 Raw Water Intake (Event Flyer)

Presenter: Gregg Sherry, Brierley Associates

10/19/16: The Boston Big Dig: Finding the Right Tool for the Job

Presenter: Mike Lewis, Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT)

10/12/16: Extreme Engineering: The Rondout Bypass Tunnel (Event Flyer)

Presenter: Matt Swinton, Senior Vice President and District Manager, Underground District, Kiewit

10/07/16: TBM Performance Prediction, Background and State of the Art (Flyer PDF) (Presentation Slides PDF)

Presenter: Jamal Rostami, Hadden / Alacer Gold Endowed Chair, Department of Mining Engineering, Colorado School of Mines

09/28/16: Graduate Student Research Talks (Flyer PDF)

Yuanli Wu: Experimental Study on the Behavior of Foam and Foam-Conditioned Soil under Pressure
Simon Prassetyo: Efficient Hydro-Mechanical Simulation of Embankment Loading on Foundation and Tunnel in Saturated Ground

08/30/2016: Computational Simulation in Mechanized Tunneling

Presenter: Günther Meschke, Collaborative Research Center SFB 837, Ruhr University Bochum, Germany

08/24/2016: Fall Kick-Off and Info Session (Presentation Slides PDF)

Presenter: Dr. Gabriel Walton, Assistant Professor, UC&T, Colorado School of Mines

2015-2016 SERIES

02/24/2016: Southern Delivery System S4A Central Tunnel Construction (Flyer PDF)

Presenter: Ashley Heckman, Lead Tunnel Engineer, Rocky Mountain Region, MWH

02/10/2016: Applying 3D Geological Modeling to Infrastructure Design (Flyer PDF)(Presentation Slides PDF)

Presenter: Dr. Alan Keith Turner, Emeritus Professor of Geology and Geological Engineering, Colorado School of Mines

02/08/2016: Rondout-West Branch Bypass Tunnel (Flyer PDF)

Presenters: Grant Millener, Project Control Manager & Ben Seling, Project Engineer, Kiewit

02/05/2016: Bridges, Tunnels, and Life - The Real World of Heavy Civil Construction and Engineering (Flyer PDF)

Presenter: Michael Krulc, Project Manager, Underground Division, Traylor Bros. Inc.

11/18/2015: 3D Imaging and Its Critical Role in Underground Construction (Flyer PDF)

Presenter: Dr. Matt Lato - Senior Engineer at BGC Engineering Inc.

11/04/2015: London Cross Rail Metro Project (Flyer PDF)

Presenter: Martin Knights - Senior V.P., Tunnels and Earth Engineering, CH2MHill

10/28/2015: Can We Tunnel Through Soil with Zero Ground and Building Deformation? (Flyer PDF)

Presenter: Dr. Mike Mooney - Grewcock University Professor, UC&T, Colorado School of Mines

10/21/2015: Geophysical Imaging of Rock Failure and Fracture Growth (Flyer PDF)

Presenter: Dr. Reza Hedayat - Assistant Professor, UC&T, Colorado School of Mines

10/14/2015: Graduate Student Research Presentations (Flyer PDF)

Presenters: Richard Bearce - Post Doctoral Researcher, UC&T; Erik Poeck - PhD Candidate, Mining

10/07/2015: Excellence in Geostructures and Geomaterials (Flyer PDF)

Presenter: Dr. Eunhye Kim - Assistant Professor, UC&T, Colorado School of Mines

09/17/2015: High Pressure Tunneling Under Lake Mead to Provide Water for Las Vegas (Flyer PDF)

Presenters: Jim Nickerson - Vegas Tunnel Constructors & Noah Hoefs - Southern Nevada Water Authority

09/16/2015: UCA Networking Event (Flyer PDF)

Come Network with Professionals from the Underground Construction and Tunneling Industry!

09/09/2015: Tips for Having a Successful Career in Underground Construction (Flyer PDF)

Presenter: Matt Swinton - Senior V.P. & District Manager, Underground District, Kiewit

09/02/2015: Progressive Pillar Yield at 2.4 km Depth in Creighton Mine (Flyer PDF)

Presenters: Dr. Gabriel Walton - Assistant professor, UC&T faculty, Colorado School of Mines