Underground at Mines hosts 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.

2016-2017 Series

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