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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 and designed to meet the continuing education needs of industry professionals. Receive concise information in an easily referenced format for study following the onsite course.

Course location: Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center

Critical Infrastructure Crossings

Sunday, June 23, 2024 | 8:00 am – 4:30 pm

Member $325 | Nonmember $385

Course includes: Course notes, Coffee breaks, Lunch and 7 PDH

Overview

The IIJA has increased the amount of infrastructure projects across the United States. Many of these newly funded projects are situated within already developed city centers, increasing the need for tunnels to pass beneath established critical infrastructure such as railroads. This course will look at the various methods used to complete these short crossings with real case study examples.

 

Topics/Content

  • Jack Box Design Solutions and Considerations
  • Case Study – Empire State Trail Box Tunnel
  • Underpinning of an Operational Substation
  • Highway 401/401 Crossing
  • City Trunk Line South – Water Main Crossing
  • Case Study – CQ039 Tunnel in NYC
  • Case Study – Globeville Rail crossing and Curtain Grouting
  • Grouting and Ground Improvements to Protect Critical Infrastructure
  • Future Project – Emmet Street Pedestrian Tunnel Under RR
  • Case Study – Long Island Railroad Crossing In NY

 

Instructors

Nick Joens, Kiewit

Jeremiah Jezerski and AJ McGinn, Brierley Associates

Franz Wilhelmstoetter, Dr. Sauer & Partners

Paul Madsen, Kiewit

James Parkes, Schnabel Engineering

Riccardo Castracani, Petruccou USA

Chris Keckeisen, Union Pacific Railroad

Schedule

Time Description Presenter
8:00 am Welcoming Remarks Nick Joens
8:15 am Jack Box Design Solutions & Considerations

Jeremiah Jezerski

AJ McGinn

8:45 am Case Study – Empire State Trail Box Tunnel

Jeremiah Jezerski

AJ McGinn

9:15 am Networking Break    
9:30 am SEM Station Underpinning Franz Wilhelmstoetter
9:55 am 401/409 Crossing in Toronto Franz Wilhelmstoetter
10:20 am Water main Crossing Franz Wilhelmstoetter
10:45 am Networking Break    
11:00 am Case Study – CQ039 Tunnel in NYC Paul Madsen  
11:30 am Case Study – Globeville Rail Crossing and Canopy Grouting Bill Zietlow  
Noon Lunch

 

 

 
1:00 pm Grouting and Ground Improvements to Protect Critical Infrastructure James Parkes  
1:30 pm Future Projects James Parkes  
2:00 pm Networking Break      
2:15 pm Case Study – Long Island Railroad Crossing in NY Riccardo Castracani  
3:00 pm Networking Break      
3:15 pm Railroad Crossing Design and Risk Management Chris T. Keckeisen  
4:00 pm Wrap up and Summary Nick Joens  

 

Underground Contracting Principles

Sunday, June 23, 2024 | 8:00 am – 4:30 pm

Member $325 | Nonmember $385

Course includes: Course notes, Coffee breaks, Lunch and 7 PDH

Overview

Underground projects have their own unique set of risks. These risks are reduced or increased based on a project’s contract terms. This course will review the critical aspects of underground contracts and walk through case study examples from past experience.

 

Topics/Content

  • Overview of Contracting Methods
  • Partnering and Client Relationships
  • Contracts, Types and Terms
  • GBR and Subsurface Investigations
  • Risk Management
  • Difficult Contract Terms, A Contractors Perspective
  • Case Study –Cost Estimating
  • Scheduling
  • Contract Changes and Value Engineering
  • Dispute Resolution
  • Insurance
  • Case Study

 

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