Cutting Edge is proud to present technical sessions hosted by some of the leading innovators in tunneling from around the world. To learn more about available sessions, please view the 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.
This opening session features prominent speakers from the industry, including Matthias Neuenschwander who has played a pivotal role in developing new contract forms specific to underground works and their peculiarities.
Chair’s Remarks and Introduction Greg Colzani, Jacobs
Be Prepared – Incorporating Climate Resilience into Water and Wastewater Infrastructure Design Laurens van der Tak, Vice President, Technology Fellow - Water Resources and Ecosystem Management Services, Jacobs
The FIDIC Emerald Book: A New Contractual Standard for the Tunneling Industry Matthias Neuenschwander, Chair of the FIDIC-ITA Task Group and Managing Director of Neuenschwander Consulting Engineers
The Challenges of Subaqueous Tunneling
Session Chair: Mike Roach
Monday, October 29, 2018 |10:30 am – Noon
From the Chesapeake Bay Bridge & Tunnel District’s Parallel Thimble Shoal Tunnel and VDOT’s I-64 Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel Expansion to Suffolk County’s Bergen Point WWTP Outfall Replacement Project and Toronto’s Ashbridges Bay Treatment Plant Outfall, this session will look at the challenges of subaqueous tunneling and the approaches and innovations that are being developed to deliver these complex projects.
Saving the Great Bay: Bergen Point Outfall Keith Kelly, CDM Smith | 11:10am – 11:30am
Ashbridges Bay Outfall Tunnel Gary Kramer, Hatch | 11:30am – 11:50am
Q&A | 11:50am – noon
Advances in Contract Delivery
Chair: Erika Moonin
Monday, October 29, 2018 |1:30 pm – 3:30 pm
This dedicated session will feature presentations from key industry figures and project owners on alternative forms of contract delivery, such as the Construction Manager at Risk (CMAR), Progressive Design-Build and Early Contractor Involvement models, along with issues surrounding financing and the sharing of risk.
CMAR on Atlanta’s Water Supply Program Del Nero & Gilbert | 1:50pm – 2:10pm
ECI on the UK’s HS2 Project Gerhard Urschitz, Strabag | 1:50pm – 2:10pm
Progressive Design Build Santa Clara Valley Water District | 2:10pm – 2:30pm
CMAR on Lake Mead Low Lake Level Pump Station Barnard | 2:30pm – 2:50pm
Q&A | 3:10pm – 3:30pm
Panel Session – Alternative Procurement Models
Chair: Randy Essex
Monday, October 29, 2018 | 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Panel Discussion: How will P3 and privately-financed initiatives affect the tunneling industry? Can states cope with the financial burden of funding infrastructure projects in accordance with the current Administration’s policies? A selection of industry figures will discuss developments in approaches to project procurement, financing and risk management and look at how the industry can and should adapt to the current climate.
Confirmed panelists include:
Matthias Neunschwander, Neuenschwander Consulting
Greg Colzani, Jacobs
Mike Roach, Traylor Brothers
Developments in Materials, Equipment & Linings
Chair: Don Del Nero
Tuesday, October 30, 2018 | 8:00am – 10:00am
From Innovations in Precast Segment Connections and Corrosion Protection for Linings to Advancements in Grouting Techniques and TBM Grouting Systems, this session will look at recent advances and novel applications of tunneling materials, equipment and linings.
Protective Liners for W&WW Infrastructure: An Owners Perspective Anthony Parente, Region of Peel | 9:20am – 9:40am
Q&A | 9:40am – 10:00am
New Ideas and Faces: UCA of SME Young Members
Chair: Colin Sessions
Tuesday, October 30, 2018 | 10:30 am – Noon
Young Members of the UCA of SME will head up this session, providing insight into innovative uses of underground space, emerging tunneling trends and technology, new techniques for renovation and repair projects, as well as current developments in digital technology and 3D imaging.
Innovative Use of Underground Space Nicholas Ziv, Bouygues Construction | 10:30am – 10:50am
Emerging Trends & Technology
10:50am – 11:10am
High Resolution Tunnel Surveys by Remotely Operated Vehicles Brad Becker, ASI Group | 11:10am – 11:30am
Digital Technology and 3D Imaging
11:30am – 11:50am
Q&A | 11:50am – Noon
Advancements in Excavation Technology
Session Chair: Alan Howard
Tuesday, October 30, 2018 | 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm
From LA’s Regional Connector Project and Fort Wayne’s 3RPORT Project to presentations from Herrenknecht and The Robbins Company on advancements in excavation technology and rapid excavation techniques, this session will look at the challenges of going faster and discuss approaches and innovations that are being developed to deliver complex projects safely and efficiently.
TBM Mixshield Design: 3RPORT Case Study Claudio Cimiotti, Lane Construction | 1:50 pm – 2:10 pm
Development & Technology Advancements: From “Larger and Deeper” to "Continuous and Automated" Werner Burger, Herrenknecht | 2:10 pm – 2:30 pm
Going Faster Luis Piek, Arup | 2:30 pm – 2:50 pm
History and Future of Rapid Excavation Lok Home, The Robbins Company | 2:50 pm – 3:10 pm
Q&A | 3:10pm – 3:30pm
Panel Session – The Facts and Myths of Rapid Excavation
Chair: Randy Essex
Tuesday, October 30, 2018 | 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Panel Discussion: With recent news and social media discussion about speeding up tunneling to make it more affordable, we gather industry experts to talk logistics, safety and what is possible with faster tunnel excavation rates. Our panel will answer questions and also engage the audience in a vibrant debate and interactive discussion session. Confirmed panelists include:
Christof Metzger, Kiewit
Christophe Bragard & Dick McLane, Traylor
Lok Home, The Robbins Company
Luis Piek, Arup
Werner Burger, Herrenknecht
Tuesday, October 30, 2018 | 5:30 pm
Conference Chair: Greg Colzani, Jacobs
*Please check back often for updates to technical sessions.