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The North American Tunneling Conference (NAT) is the premier biennial tunneling event for North America, bringing together the brightest, most resourceful and innovative minds in the tunneling and underground construction industry.

Educational Short Courses


NAT Short Courses cover a broad range of topical areas within the tunneling and underground construction industry. The courses are taught by highly regarded industry experts. Short courses are designed to meet the continuing education needs of UCA of SME members and other professionals in the industry. They provide concise information in an easily referenced format for study following the onsite course.

The course fee includes course materials, coffee breaks, lunch and PDH certificate and transcript.

All Courses:
Gaylord Opryland Resort

Sunday, June 7, 2020 | 8:00 AM - 4:00 pm | Fees $500 nonmember/$400 member/$300 student

Big Data In Tunneling

This one-day course will introduce the collection, management and analysis of big data in tunneling applications. Attendees will gain a comprehensive understanding of all the data sources and types that are routinely collected before, during and after tunnel construction, as well as an introduction to analytical tools for extracting meaningful information from this data. The course is intended for anyone interested in an introduction to big data topics. Topics will include both fundamentals and practical case studies.

Course Content

  • Introduction to Big Data Fundamentals
  • Big Data in Geotechnical Site Investigation and Ground Characterization
  • Big Data in Instrumentation and Monitoring
  • Big Data in Construction
  • Big Data in Design (including BIM)
  • Tying it all Together: Opportunities and Challenges

Instructor: Jacob Grasmick, Maxwell Geosystems

Grouting Used in Underground Construction and Tunneling

This one-day short course will present an overview of the materials, equipment and the various grouting methods used in association with underground construction and tunneling in soils and rock. Subjects covered will include: cements and admixtures, grouting equipment and practices, chemical and cementitious permeation/consolidation grouting, jet grouting, compaction grouting, pre-excavation grouting, backfill and contact grouting and cellular grouts. Ten industry experts will give lectures on these various grouting subjects and techniques. CEUs will be awarded to each course attendee. The attendees will also receive a course notebook containing all presentation material by the speakers. This course is recommended for contractors, engineers, owners and consultants involved in any aspect of underground design and construction.

Instructor: Dr. Raymond Henn