TBM DiGs 2021 - Tunnel Boring Machines in Difficult Ground

Montanuniversität Leoben - Zentrum am Berg & ÖGG, 29.11. - 01.12.2021

TBM DiGs is an international conference series that provides a specialized technological forum for discussing and exchanging knowledge related to TBM works in difficult ground conditions. This series covers a wide range of topics, including characterization of difficult ground, field observations and case studies, physical and laboratory tests, numerical modelling and techniques, treatments of difficult ground, TBM design and installation, tunnel support design, monitoring and risk management. TBM DiGs 2021 is the fifth conference in this series.

 

TBM DiGs 2021 is jointly organized by Montanuniversität Leoben and OEGG (Austrian Society for Geomechanics). The conference organizers would like to welcome researchers and practitioners involved with TBM tunnelling to TBM DiGs 2021 to share, to cooperate, and to progress.

Conference objectives and topics

The conference aims to bring together all who are interested in the use of tunnel boring machines in difficult ground, to review developments in the field over the previous two years, and to attempt to extrapolate for the near-term future. We anticipate that the conference will explore a great variety of topics.

Presentations in the following areas are invited:

  • Rock - Very Hard and Abrasive rocks
  • Rock - Squeezing ground
  • Rock - Long and deep tunnels
  • Soil - Sticky soil and Clogging
  • Soil - Abrasive sand and wear problems
  • Soil - High water pressure – hyperbaric challenges
  • Mixed Ground conditions
  • Innovation – New Technology (construction chemicals, sensory systems, big data, operational simulation)
  • High Groundwater inflow / Gassy tunnels
  • Extreme TBM tunneling (very small/big TBMs, remote areas, outer space construction)
  • Manufacturing challenges and new developments
  • Logistics and Site Management for challenging TBM tunneling

Key note speakers

Prof. Dr. Mark Diederichs

Queen’s University, Canada

Title of speech:
"TBM challenges in deep and complex tectonic environments
– the devil is in the details"

Lars Babendererde

BabEng, Germany

Abstracts

The Conference provides an excellent opportunity for sharing knowledge through presentations. The Conference plans to accept submittals for oral presentation and for poster presentation. Please refer to the schedule presented below for information relating to important dates for the submittal and review process.

An abstract for each presentation, either oral or poster, must be submitted for review and acceptance. All abstracts and manuscripts shall be submitted to the Conference staff via the submission form below. The abstracts are limited to 300 words and, after acceptance, the manuscripts will be limited to 2 to 3 pages.

Who should attend?

Those involved with the use of tunnel boring machines in difficult ground comprise a diverse community, including academic researchers, industrial scientists and engineers, government scientists, and policy makers. All are welcome to this conference, ranging from those just beginning to those with substantial expertise.

 

TBM DiGs 2021 will be an exciting conference that will provide the opportunity for participants to meet others in the field, to exchange ideas, expertise and experience, and to renew and form new friendships and working relationships. The conference is structured so that participants can learn from both formal and informal interactions, such as presented papers, posters and social events.

Conference Timeline and important dates

15.02.2021:     Deadline for abstract submission

01.01.2021:     Early bird registration opens

15.08.2021      Early bird registration ends

21.11.2021      End of regular registration

 

29.11.2021      09:00   Technical session starts

29.11.2021      19:00 Conference Dinner at Zentrum am Berg

30.11.2021      16:45   TBM DiGs ends

30.11.2021      15:00   Visit of Christmas market

1.12.2021        08:00   Site visit to a tunnel construction site in Austria

Committees

Organisation Committee

Univ.Prof. Dipl.Ing. Dr. mont. Robert Galler

Head of Chair of Subsurface Engineering

Robert.galler@unileoben.ac.at

+43 3842 402 3400

Ass.Prof. Dr. Marlène Villeneuve

Marlene.villeneuve@unileoben.ac.at

+43 3842 402 3412

Priv.Doz. Ass.Prof. Dr.mont. Nina Gegenhuber

Nina.gegenhuber@unileoben.ac.at

+43 3842 402 3407

Christine Santos Martinez

office@tbmdigs2021.org
+43 662 875519

International Scientific Committee

Name                                Country

Georg Anagnostou         Switzerland

Lars Babendererde         Germany

Cemal Balci                      Turkey

Nick Barton                      Norway

Gianpino Bianchi             Italy

Nuh Bilgin                         Turkey

Jens Classen                   Germany

Knut Garshol                    Sweden

Jafar Hassanpour           Iran

Tom Iseley                       USA

Lars Langmaack            Germany

Sindre Log                       Norway

Ulrich Maidl                    Germany

Daniele Martinelli           Italy

Priscilla Nelson              USA

Bjorn Nilsen                    Norway

Daniele Peila                   Italy

Peter Raleigh                  USA

Jamal Rostami               USA

Franz Sempelmann        Austria

Giovanni Spagnoli          Germany

Gary Tang                        New Zealand

Markus Thewes             Germany

Kurosch Thuro               Germany

Dujuan Wang                  China

Jenny Yan                       China

Jian Zhao                        Australia

Location

The 5th International Conference on Tunnel Boring Machines in Difficult Ground (TBM DiGs 2021) will be held at the Montanuniversität Leoben, Austria.