Technical Sessions

Technical Sessions that Enlighten

Cutting Edge is proud to present technical sessions hosted by some of the leading innovators and technology in urban tunneling from around the world. To learn more about available sessions, please view the complete list below.

Cutting Edge will host an in-depth panel discussion, where a selection of local and regional clients with major underground projects will discuss their “Big Questions” and common issues in a vibrant debate. These facility owners will look to the audience and ask for suggestions and discussion about how recent advancements in the tunnel industry can help address their major issues with ongoing and upcoming megaprojects in an interactive discussion session.

Keynote Session: Pushing the Innovation Envelope

Los Angeles Metro’s Office of Extraordinary Innovation: The Future for Urban Transportation
Dr. Joshua Schank, Chief Innovation Officer, Los Angeles Metro | 8:10am – 8:40am

Data-driven Performance: From Formula 1 to Underground Infrastructure
Simon Williams, Founder and Director, QuantumBlack | 8:40am – 9:10am

Large Diameter TBM Innovation for Hong Kong’s Tuen Mun – Chek Lap Kok Highway Link
Bruno Combe, Technical Director, Bouygues TP | 9:10am – 9:40am

Questions and Answers | 9:40am – 10:00am

Advancements in the use of BIM & Data Analysis in Underground Construction

Session Chair: Joe O'Carroll, WSP|PB

Monday, November 7, 2016 | 10:30am - 12:00pm

The use of Building Information Modeling (BIM) and data analysis is a rapidly growing field of underground construction. We look at practical applications of these tools and how they are being used effectively on projects around the world

Digital Advances & Innovation for Underground Project Delivery
Cory Dippold, Mott MacDonald | 10:30am – 10:50am

BIM for Underground Design & Construction
Grant Finn, McMillen Jacobs Associates | 10:50am – 11:10am

Current Status in Tunneling Data Management
Lars Babendererde and René Reichl, Babendererde Engineers | 11:10am – 11:30am

Next Generation Time/Cost Management (5D BIM for Tunneling)
Scott Keniston, Skarpa | 11:30am – 11:50am

Questions and Answers | 11:50am – 12:00pm

Developments in Tunneling Materials, Equipment & Safety

Session Chair: Larry Lenahan, Skanska

Tuesday, November 7, 2016 | 1:30pm - 3:30pm

From polymer segments, to the use of robotics to conduct TBM cutterhead interventions and operational tunnel inspections, we look at the latest developments in tunneling materials, equipment and safety.

The Underground of Things: Dealing with Uncertainty Through Measurement in Observational Engineering
Angus Maxwell, Maxwell Geosystems | 1:30pm – 1:50pm

Under Pressure: Designing Linings for Tension
Anthony Harding & Mike King, CH2M | 1:50pm – 2:10pm

Extreme Planning for Extreme Conditions: Preparation, Requirements & Variance for Potential Hyperbaric Conditions on Lake Mead's Third Intake
Erika Moonin, Southern Nevada Water Authority | 2:10pm - 2:30pm

Shield Blockage Events: Causes, Management & On Site Equipment Redesign and Modification
Valerio Violo, SELI Denmark | 2:30pm – 2:50pm

Rondout West Branch Bypass Tunnel – TBM boring in hard rock against high water pressure and high water inflows beneath the Hudson River in New York
Daniel Kough, Kiewit-Shea Constructors & David Terbovic, Robbins | 2:50pm - 3:10pm

Questions and Answers | 3:10pm - 3:30pm

Owners’ Question Time: We Have Questions – Do You Have Answers?

Session Chair: Bob Goodfellow, Aldea Services

Monday, November 7, 2016 | 4:00pm - 5:00pm

Panel Discussion: A selection of local clients with major underground projects will discuss their “Big Questions” and common issues in a vibrant debate. These facility owners will look to the audience and ask for suggestions and discussion about how the tunnel industry can help address their big issues with ongoing and upcoming megaprojects in this interactive discussion session.

Panelists:

  • Bryan Pennington, Los Angeles Metro
  • Chuck Gardner, California WaterFix
  • Randy Anderson, CA High Speed Rail
  • Erika Moonin, Southern Nevada Water Authority
  • Greg Colzani, Sound Transit

Innovations in Deep Tunnels & Shafts through Mountain Ranges

Session Chair: Mike Roach, Traylor Bros.

Tuesday, November 8, 2016 | 8:00am –10:30am

From California’s High Speed Rail tunnels to the Alpine base tunnels and civil/mining crossover applications, we look at current and future innovations for deep tunnels and shafts.

Lessons Learned on Alpine Base Tunnels in Europe
Thomas Jesel, Amberg Engineering | 8:00am - 8:25am

California’s High Speed Rail Tunnels
Steve Dubnewych & Randy Anderson, CA High Speed Rail | 8:25am - 8:50am

TBMs and Systems for Large Diameter Long Distance Tunneling
Werner Burger, Herrenknecht | 8:50am - 9:15am

Innovative Technology for Australia's Anglo-American Coal Mine: Grosvenor Decline Tunnel
Dennis Ofiara, Robbins & Larry Lenahan, Skanska | 9:15am - 9:40am

Questions and Answers | 9:40am - 10:00am

Tunnel Construction Enabling Works

Session Chair: Mark Ramsey, HNTB

Tuesday, November 8, 2016 | 10:30am – 12:30pm

From dense urban environments such as the Crenshaw/LAX project, in Los Angeles, and the San Francisco Transbay Terminal, to rural locations such as the Bay Delta tunnels, construction enabling works can sometime pose the greatest challenge for a project

Urban Enabling Works for LA's Crenshaw LAX Light Rail Transit Project
Matt Gallagher, Los Angeles Metro | 10:30am - 10:50am

Rural Enabling Works for California’s WaterFix Tunnels
John Bednarski, California WaterFix | 10:50am - 11:10am

Oahu's Kaneohe-Kailua Wastewater Conveyance Tunnel
Don Painter, Southland Contracting | 11:10am - 11:30am

Tunneling in Remote Locations in Canada
Matt Swinton, Kiewit | 11:30am – 11:50am

Gearing Up for San Francisco's Trans Bay Terminal
John Eddy, Arup | 11:50am - 12:10pm

Questions and Answers | 12:10am - 12:30pm

West Coast Projects Update

Session Chair: Colin Lawrence, Mott MacDonald

Tuesday, November 8, 2016 | 1:30pm – 2:30pm

This one-hour session will take a look at upcoming projects on the West Coast and provide updates on current progress and procurement status.

Bill Hansmire, WSP|PB


Face loss and Settlement Control: Setting the Stage

Session Chair: Matthew Crow, Los Angeles Metro

Tuesday, November 8, 2016 | 2:30pm – 3:30pm

This one-hour session sets the stage for our panel discussion following the afternoon coffee break.

Keynote: Advancing the Practice of Pressurized Face Tunneling
Mike Mooney, Professor, Grewcock University Endowed Chair in Underground Construction & Tunneling, Colorado School of Mines | 2:30pm – 3:00pm

Keynote: Advancing the Practice of Pressurized Face Tunneling
Peter Raleigh, Lead Associate, McMillen Jacobs Associates | 10:50am - 11:10am

Face loss and Settlement Control: Can the TBM alone be trusted?

Session Chair: Matthew Crow, Los Angeles Metro

Tuesday, November 8, 2016 | 4:00pm – 5:30pm

Panel Discussion: Individual projects take widely differing approaches to tunneling induced settlement mitigation. Our panel will discuss who the liability should lie with and how much money should be spent on pro-active verses passive mitigation methods? With recent developments in face loss control can we fully rely on the TBM to mitigate these issues?

Panelists:

  • Ed Cording, Consultant
  • Christophe Bragard, Traylor Bros
  • Jeff Hill, Hayward Baker
  • Allen Marr, Geocomp

Closing Remarks

Conference Chair: Hannes Lagger, Arup

5:30pm

*Technical sessions are subject to change.