The Colorado School of Mines hosted its annual MicrotunnelingShort Course on Feb. 23-25 in Golden, Colo. Attended by contractors, engineersand owners, the attendance for this year’s course totaled 115 people from allover the world.

Course directors Timothy Coss, president ofMicrotunneling Inc., and Levent Ozdemir, P.E., mining engineering at theColorado School of Mines, presided over the course’s three days of in-depthclasses, which included topics such as: pipe types and materials; hard rocktunneling; dewatering and ground freezing fundamentals; construction managementand case histories. The course was co-sponsored by the Colorado School of Minesand Benjamin Media Inc.

Companies that participated included HOBAS Pipe,Lyman Henn Inc., Jacobs Associates, Permalok Corp., Jason Consultants Group,U.S. Radar, Parsons Brinkerhoff, Akkerman Inc., Herrenknecht Corp., BohrtecGmbH, WIRTH Service Inc., Moretrench American Corp., Tetra Tech RMC, VadnaisCorp., Amitech Corp., Brandt, a Varco Co., Hatch Mott MacDonald, HerrenknechtAG, Oles Morrison Rinker and Baker, Hayward Baker Inc., Schwarzer Consult andSEC Construction.

The annual banquet dinner was held at the Golden Hotel.The guest speaker was Dr.–Ing. Hans-Peter Uffman, managing director at BohrtecGmbH, Microtunneling Systems.

A two-day Pilot Tube Microtunneling Course,which included live field demos, took place Feb. 21-22. This intensive shortcourse was designed to provide a comprehensive background and review of thecurrent and emerging techniques in the field of microtunneling. Seminar topicsincluded: an introduction to pilot tube microtunneling; geotechnical papers;case histories; and types of pipe papers.

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