Mines Hosts Ground Improvement Short Course

Brian Fulcher, Kenny Construction

Brian Fulcher, Kenny Construction, discusses the intricate pre-excavation grouting program associated with Arrowhead Tunnels in Southern California.

The Colorado School of Mines’ Office of Special Programs and Continuing Education teamed up with TBM: Tunnel Business Magazine to host the second annual Ground Improvement Short Course May 19-21 in Golden, Colorado. The event drew more than 90 participants and included representatives from the mining and heavy civil sectors.

This three-day intensive course provides a comprehensive review of latest developments in ground improvement and support in underground construction and mining. Topics covered included dewatering, ground freezing, jet grouting, compaction grouting, permeation grouting, compensation grouting, deep soil mixing, pre-excavation grouting and more. Presentations were given by experts from manufacturing companies, engineers and contractors, and covered planning, design and construction aspects of the work.

Rick Deschamps, Nicholson Construction Co.

Rick Deschamps, Nicholson Construction Co., talks about the jet grouting program for the recently completed Port of Miami Tunnel project.

One of the highlights of the Short Course was a banquet dinner at the nearby Golden Hotel. The keynote speaker was Rick Deschamps, Vice President of Engineering for Nicholson Construction Co., who gave an overview of the jet grouting program associated with the recently completed Port of Miami Tunnel.

Course directors were Levent Ozdemir, Ozdemir Engineering and retired CSM professor; Ray Henn, Brierley Associates; and Tim Coss, Microtunneling. TBM and CSM will team up again Sept. 15-17 for the Tunneling Short Course (“Breakthroughs in Tunneling”) and in February 2015 for the Microtunneling Short Course. For information on these and other CSM courses, visit www.csmspace.com.

Course directors Levent Ozdemir (left) and Ray Henn

Course directors Levent Ozdemir (left) and Ray Henn (Tim Coss not pictured).



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