Technical Sessions that Enlighten

Cutting Edge focuses on advances in tunneling technology, hosted by some of the leading innovators in tunneling from around the world. Dig into the technical program below and explore how industry resilience will drive innovation in the underground construction and tunneling space.

Exciting program updates being announced soon!



Coffee & Continental Breakfast

7:30 am – 8:00 am


Conference Opening & Keynote Session

8:00 am – 10:00 am

Conference Chair: Paul Madsen, Kiewit

Underground Innovations Benefiting Social and Climate Change

The opening session will feature prominent industry speakers such as International Tunnelling & Underground Space Association (ITA-AITES) Vice President Dr Arnold Dix onbenefits the underground construction industry offers around social and climate change challenges. In addition, Program Director Andy Alder from the UK’s Thames Tideway Project, and Rob Labbe of American Global, will speak on the need to address mental health issues in the workplace.


Coffee Break & Exhibition

10:00 am – 10:30 am


Research & Development

10:30 am – Noon

This R&D session will focus on recent technological advances and areas of research in the underground construction industry. Prominent industry speakers will address some of the latest trends and state-of-industry developments.


Buffet Lunch & Exhibition

Noon – 1:30 pm


Blueprints for Sustainability & Carbon Neutrality

1:30 pm 3:00 pm

As businesses, governments and organisations around the world work towards infrastructure sustainability and net zero carbon footprints, we look at examples of ‘pathfinder’ tunnelling projects and innovative industry research into low carbon or carbon neutral construction methods.


Coffee Break & Exhibition

3:00 pm – 3:30 pm


Panel Session: Sustainability & Carbon Neutrality

3:30 pm – 5:00 pm

Chair: Bob Goodfellow, Aldea Services

A panel of industry experts – including owners, consultants, contractors and suppliers – will discuss developing trends and innovative ways of building and maintaining low carbon infrastructure, including alternatives to carbon-intensive materials such as concrete and steel and carbon offsetting to address emissions.


Exhibition Hall Reception

5:00 pm – 6:30 pm

Sponsored by Acciona





Coffee & Continental Breakfast

7:30am – 8:00 am


Advances in Materials & Equipment

8:00 am – 10:00 am

The use of admixtures to reduce cement content, as well as new cement alternatives, carbon curing and 3-D printing of linings, is a rapidly developing field in the underground construction industry. Cutting Edge looks at the latest trends and new developments in tunneling materials and equipment.


Coffee Break & Exhibition

10:00 am – 10:30 am


Developments in Digitalization & Automation

10:30 am – Noon

From automated TBMs and drone technology for construction monitoring to Building Information Modeling (BIM) and data analysis tools, we look at practical applications of advancing technologies and how they are being used effectively on projects around the world.


Major Projects

1:30 pm – 3:00 pm

LACSD’s Clearwater Outfall Tunnel, as well as other North American and international tunneling projects, will be featured in this session on major projects.


West Coast Project Update

3:00 pm – 3:30 pm

This 30-minute session, presented by Mark Ramsay of Mott MacDonald, will look at upcoming projects on the West Coast and provide updates on current progress and procurement status.


Coffee Break & Exhibition

3:30 pm – 4:00 pm


Owner Panel Session: Funding & Procurement of Major Projects

4:00 pm – 5:15 pm

Chair: Joe O’Carroll, Mott MacDonald

A selection of West Coast owners with upcoming underground projects will discuss common issues on funding and procurement in a vibrant debate and look to the audience for input on how the tunneling industry can help to address these challenges in this interactive discussion session.


Conference Chair’s Closing Remarks

5:15 pm

Paul Madsen, Kiewit



*Please check back often for updates to technical sessions.