Short Courses and Conferences


Short courses that are held at the Colorado School of Mines are administered by Continuing and Professional Education Services (CPES).


  • Soil Investigation
  • Design Considerations
  • Shaft Design and Construction
  • Job layout consideration
  • Cutter Head Technology for Hard Rock and Soft Ground
  • Bit Selection and Performance Analysis
  • Machine Control Systems
  • Guidance Systems
  • Laser Systems
  • Slurry Disposal Systems
  • Slurry Pumping Systems
  • Ventilation Systems
  • Hydraulic and Jacking Systems
  • Long Distance Jacking Requirements
  • Sub-surface Investigations
  • Obstacle Detection
  • Machine Selection
  • Pipe Selection
  • Grouting
  • Ground Freezing
  • Machine Performance Project Cost Estimation
  • Microtunneling Project Feasibility
  • TBM Technology Transfer
  • Oil Field Technology Transfer
  • Mining Technology Transfer
  • Lubrication Compounds and Systems
  • Nuclear and Hazardous Waste Site Cleanup
  • New Excavation Technologies
  • Contractor Case Studies
  • Bidding
  • Social Cost
  • Claims



This comprehensive course on Mechanical Tunneling targets public works, and utility officials, owner groups (i.e. city planners), engineers and contractors. This short course is usually held during NAT (North American Tunneling) Conference and RETC (Rapid Excavation and Tunneling) Conference.

Several of the many areas that are covered in the course include:

  • Geotechnical Investigations
  • Laboratory Testing
  • Geotechnical Report and Preparation
  • Tunnel Design
  • Ground Support and Lining Design
  • Soil Stabilization and Grouting
  • Tunnel Utilities
  • Tunnel Boring Machines
  • Roadheaders
  • Microtunneling
  • Raise Boring
  • Shaft Drilling
  • Soft Ground Tunneling Machines
  • Case Studies
  • Project Scheduling and Cost
  • Project Management
  • Engineer’s role and Claim Preparation



Several of the many areas that are covered in the course include:

  • Principles of Mechanical Mining
  • Tunnel Boring Machines
  • TBM Applications in mining
  • Roadheaders
  • Mobile Miners
  • Vertical Belt Conveyors
  • Raise Boring
  • Shaft Drilling and Sinking
  • Shotcrete Technology