TAC Workshop Agenda Highlights

Tunnelling Association of Canada to Meet Oct. 5-6 in Kingston, Ontario

TAC Workshop Agenda Highlights The Tunnelling Association of Canada (TAC) is hosting its 2015 Workshop, Awards Dinner and Annual General Meeting Oct. 5-6 at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario. The workshop features presentations by leading tunneling professionals on topics including site investigation, risk assessment, risk management, new technology, hyperbaric interventions, data management, instrumentation and case histories.

Highlights of the agenda include:

  • Soft Ground Site Investigation & Managing Geotechnical Risks Tunnelling – Masoud Manzari, Thurber Engineering Ltd.
  • Site Investigation, Ground Behaviour Prediction Risk Assessment of Deep Hard Rock Tunnels – Mark Diederichs, Queen’s University
  • TBM Technologies and Advancements with focus on Variable Density TBM Design – Shawn Hourtovenko, Herrenknecht Tunnelling Systems Canada Inc.
  • Hyperbaric Interventions & Challenges – Scott Black, ASI
  • Microtunnelling Advances in North America – Mark Gelinas, Hatch Mott MacDonald, and John Grennan, Ward & Burke
  • Advancement of Trenchless Technology – Mark Knight
  • Data Management for Tunnel Modelling – Josephine Morgenroth, University of British Columbia
  • Tunnelling Instrumentation – Nicholas Vlachopoulos, Royal Military College of Canada
  • Eglinton Crosstown LRT: Project Challenges and Contractor Innovations – Paul Cott and Andrew Caruana, Obayashi Canada
  • Tunnelling Education in Canada – Mark Diederichs, Nicholas Vlachopoulos, Derek Martin and Erik Eberhardt
  • TAC Initiatives Locally and Internationally – Nichole Boultbee and Erik Eberhardt


Following the presentations on Oct. 5 there will be the Annual General Meeting and Awards Dinner, which will be given in four categories: Canadian Tunneler of the Year, Canadian Project of the Year, Canadian Contribution to an International Project, and Photo of the Year.

The second day features discussions on tunneling education in Canada and TAC initiatives, as well as tours of the Brockville Tunnel and Queen’s University’s geotechnical department facilities.

For information, visit www.tunnelcanada.ca

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