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Short Courses are an excellent training opportunity to learn about new technologies, innovations and practical applications used in today's tunneling and underground construction industry.

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

Tunnel Rehabilitation

Sunday, June 4, 2017 | 9:00am - 4:00pm | Fee: $350 member/ $450 nonmember

Tunnel systems are an integral part of our infrastructure they include fluid conveyance, transit, highway, and rail systems. Being an important part of sustainable cities and transportation infrastructure. The course will focus on the philosophy for sustainability in tunnel in describing the methodology for the inspection of tunnels and the difficulty in scheduling and designing work in structures which cannot be permanently shut down for long periods of time. Emphasis will be on the identification of tunnel defects as outlined in the FHWA/AASHTO Tunnel Design Manual–Civil elements. The focus will be on methodologies from around the world for the protection and restoration of underground structures. Detailed structural repairs to tunnel liner will be discussed. Current requirements for conformance to current codes for fire protection for road tunnels, (NFPA502) and European Union Requirements for fire protection and discussion of damage from fire and the current aspects of tunnel safety and security issues. Topics will include groundwater intrusion control, rail tunnel enlargement, upgrading of transit systems, repairs to fluid conveyance tunnels. Each topic will have case studies to illustrate the issues for each topic.

Fee includes coffee breaks, lunch, course materials and 6 PDH.

Instructor: Henry Russell, Mott MacDonald

Mr. Russell Is a Principal Tunnel Engineer and Vice President of Mott MacDonald. Since 2001 he has been the Chairman of the International Tunneling Association’s Working Group 6 Repair and Maintenance of Tunnels, he is a member of the MOLES, Chairman of AUCA/SME Committee on Tunnel Rehabilitation and has over 49 years of experience in the inspection, and rehabilitation of underground structures, including over of 70 tunnels in the U.S. and overseas. Mr. Russell has had numerous projects that have won national awards for excellence including, The ICRI Outstanding Transportation Project in 1993 and 2005, and the American Shotcrete Association’s underground project of the year in 2005, 2007. Mr. Russell has authored over 40 professional papers on the design and rehabilitation of underground structures, including the rehabilitation chapters, of the FHWA Tunnel Engineering Handbook, 1998, FHWA-AASHTO T-20 Training Manual 2009, and FHWA’s Technical Manual for Design and Construction of Road Tunnels – Civil Elements 2010. Mr. Russell was the Editor of Working Group’s Study of Tunnel Refurbishment 2001 and was a contributing author the FHWA Tunnel Operations, Maintenance, Inspection, and Evaluation Manual (TOMIE).

Short Course Agenda
9:00-9:45 Introduction to Tunnel Rehabilitation
H. Russell PE PG - Mott MacDonald
9:45- 10: 30 Groundwater Intrusion Control
H. Russell PE PG - Mott MacDonald
10:30-10:45 Break
10:45-11:45 Waterproofing Membrane Restoration
J. Huh - Re-Systems USA
11:45- 12:30 Lunch
12:30-1:30 Concrete Repairs in Tunnels
J. Rizzo - US Concrete Products
1:30- 2:30 Timber Lined Tunnels
R. Guardia PE - Shannon Wilson
2:30- 3:30 Fireproofing Tunnels
L. DeGraff - Promat USA
3:30-3:45 Break
3:45- 4:45 Shotcrete Repairs
H. Russell PE PG - Mott MacDonald
4:45- 5:15 Tunnel Enlargement
H. Russell PE PG - Mott MacDonald
5:15-5:30 Closing Remarks
H. Russell PE PG - Mott MacDonald


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Over four decades of conferences, RETC provides both the experienced tunneling professional and the individual just starting in the business the opportunity to stay connected while integrating new ideas and innovations into contracting, design, and construction.

Bill Mariucci
Team Leader, Kiewit infrastructure Co.
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