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    Teacher: Daniela Garroux de Oliveira


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    The need for efficient and abundant infrastructure grows around the globe, in cities and as links between them, as well as supply, disposal and deposit spaces in urban areas. The use of underground space is a natural alternative to fulfill these infrastructure needs. And, following the trends of automation, the mechanized methods of tunnelling have gained the market, being the preferred choice to excavate reducing risks and, in most of the cases, decreasing the time of project completion. The tendency goes towards the use of tunnel boring machines to excavate tunnels for transportation, water, and sewage systems.

    This course tackles general aspects of all the mechanized methods of tunnel excavation with tunnel boring machines, detailing the process of excavation with Earth Pressure Boring Machine – EPB, considering that for every 10 projects, 9 are excavated with EPBs. It includes from early stages of the projects, the selection of the machine until its operation, especially aspects concerning the interaction of the ground and the machine, such as ground conditioning.



    The teacher, Dr. Daniela Garroux de Oliveira, shares her experience from tunnel projects and her research on the excavation with tunnel boring machines. At the end of the course, the student will have sufficient knowledge to choose on a technical basis the most appropriate machine for each project, its limitations, and main risks. They will also have a broad knowledge of both the project involving a tunnel boring machine and sufficient knowledge to understand the soil conditioning process, as well as many aspects that is included in the mechanized tunnelling excavation.


    Addressed to

    This course is addressed to students and professionals that might be involved or intends to join the tunnelling market. Students from any engineering or geology background are welcome, as the mechanized tunnelling process includes several disciplines, from geology and geotechnics to civil, mechanical, electrical, and chemical engineering.


    Teaching method and access to the course

    The methodology of the course (48 lective hours), is mainly online asynchronous, through our virtual Campus, where access to the course is continuous (24/7). In this way the student can follow his own pace and schedule, being able to make it compatible with work or studies. The different topics of the course will be presented through:

    – Videos, in which all the contents indicated in the syllabus are explained in detail.

    – Live classes to answer doubts.

    – PDF texts.

    – Practical cases.

    – Evaluation exercises, including a final course project.

    – Complementary documentation.

    In addition to this, the student will be able to make use of the Forum and Chat of the platform as meeting points with the teacher, who will be available to solve any doubt or question, and the student will be able to contact her at any time.

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