Postponed until 2018
Golden, Colorado USA

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About this course...

Geotechnics for Trenchless Construction is a 3-day course (with an optional 4th day of field demonstrations) that provides an in-depth, comprehensive review of geotechnical engineering and design required for successful trenchless construction projects. This course is the first of a suite of short courses to be offered and developed as a collaboration between Colorado School of Mines and Louisiana Tech University.

Trenchless technologies are sustainable methods used to install and renew underground infrastructure, and these innovative technologies have been increasingly utilized in North America. Appropriate selection among trenchless techniques, and optimized project design requires a thorough understanding of the geologic subsurface conditions and variability. In this course, trenchless technology's top experts will provide instruction on the state-of-practice in site characterization and design of trenchless projects, and will provide unique hands-on labs and demonstrations of the geotechnical engineering principles required for best trenchless design.

In 2017, new courses will be offered on the following topics: Trenchless Design, Equipment and Contracting, and Risk Management.

Focus and content

Utilizing the state-of-the-art laboratory and computational facilities at Colorado School of Mines, this course focus on the following topics:

  • Trenchless Technology and Microtunneling Fundamentals
  • Soil Characterization for Trenchless Methods
  • Rock Characterization for Trenchless Methods
  • Groundwater Conditions
  • Ground Settlement and Heave
  • Problematic Ground Conditions and Improvement Techniques
  • Geotechnical Data and Baseline Reports

In addition, this course provides an opportunity to actively participate in the following activities:

  • Soil and Rock Characterization and Behavior
  • Soil Conditioning and Slurry
  • Rock Cutting
  • Abrasivity and Wear

Course information and the agenda are available for download!  

Who should attend?

This knowledge- and skill-building course is intended for owners, designers, contractors, equipment manufacturers and suppliers involved in the planning, design, construction, and management of trenchless projects. The course incorporates the NEW Standard Design and Construction Guidelines for Microtunneling, published by American Society of Civil Engineers in 2015, and is ideal for individuals new to the trenchless technology world as well as those seeking to expand his/her professional knowledge, and interested an update on new guidelines.

Continuing education credits

Colorado School of Mines will award 2.3 CEUs (Continuing Education Units) upon successful completion of this course.


The course will be taught on the campus of Colorado School of Mines in Golden, Colorado USA. Learn more...


This course has been postponed until 2017. We can send you an email when the course has been rescheduled. Learn more...

Travel and Accommodations

Registrants are responsible for their own travel arrangements, transportation, lodging, and meals. Additional information is available through the links below.

Course Directors

The course is organized by the Colorado School of Mines Center for Underground Construction & Tunneling and by the Trenchless Technology Center of Louisiana Tech University. For further information about the course content, please contact the course directors:

Dr. Tom Iseley
CETF Professor, Civil Engineering
Director, Trenchless Technology Center
Louisiana Tech University
Phone: 318.257.2852

Dr. Priscilla P. Nelson
Department Head and Professor
Department of Mining Engineering
Colorado School of Mines
Phone: 303.273.3700

Dr. Reza Hedayat
Assistant Professor
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Center for Underground Construction and Tunneling
Colorado School of Mines
Phone: 303.273.3401


Course presenters will include trenchless construction industry experts from the contracting, design, and supplier communities.

A list of presenters planned for the course is available. Learn more...

The Center for Underground Construction & Tunneling at Colorado School of Mines offers a number of short courses for industry professionals. A course list is available.

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