The third annual Ground Improvement for Underground Construction and Mining was held on the campus of the Colorado School of Mines in Golden, May 18-20. The course drew more than 75 participants (from six different countries) to learn about the latest techniques and technologies for ground improvement.
The proper use of ground improvement techniques enables underground construction projects to be built with difficult ground conditions, in the presence of water, or in proximity to man-made or naturally existing obstacles.
Presentations were given from international experts in the field covering topics that included: dewatering, groundwater control, ground freezing, cementitious and acrylamide grouts, injection technology, compaction grouting, permeation grouting, jet grouting, compensation grouting, deep soil mixing and more.
One of the highlights of the course was the presentation of the inaugural Innovations in Ground Improvement Award, which was presented to Moretrench. This was presented at the annual banquet dinner, which also featured a keynote presentation by Dr. Oskar Aurell, technical manager for Skanska, who spoke about the construction of the Hallandsas Tunnel project in Sweden. Also new this year was a cocktail reception on the first day of the course at the Geology Museum on the School of Mines campus.
The course directors are Dr. Levent Ozdemir, PE., President, Ozdemir Engineering Inc. and Retired Professor, Colorado School of Mines; Dr. Ray Henn, Senior Consultant, Brierley Associates and Adjunct Professor, Colorado School of Mines; and Mr. Timothy Coss, President, Microtunneling Inc. in conjunction with TBM: Tunnel Business Magazine.
Dr. Mole Inc. was the event sponsor, with Atlas Copco and Malcolm as course sponsors. Other sponsors included Brierley Associates (cocktail), Hayward Baker (name badge), Nicholson (abstract CD), Moretrench (lanyard), and Avanti, Jafec, Kiewit, MWH and Soilfreeze (coffee sponsors).
The Colorado School of Mines’ Office of Special Programs and Continuing Education will host the popular Tunneling Short Course – “Breakthroughs in Tunneling” – Sept. 14-17. For more information, visit: www.csmspsce.com.