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University Programme in NATM Engineering: Construction, Rehabilitation and Operation of NATM- and TBM-Tunnels

What do the subways in Washington, São Paulo, Seoul, Athens, Munich and Vienna all have in common? They were all built using the New Austrian Tunnelling Method (NATM)! This flexible and versatile tunnelling method has become a standard approach worldwide, and this means that there is strong and growing demand for engineers with qualifications in this field.

The university programme NATM Engineering: Construction, Rehabilitation and Operation of NATM- and TBM-Tunnels at TU Graz and the Montanuniversität Leoben offers an opportunity to deepen your knowledge in tunnelling, especially in the New Austrian Tunnelling Method (NATM) and tunnel boring machines (TBM). When you have completed this programme, you will be able to design and build tunnels in accordance with the NATM principles or to provide engineering supervision for building such tunnels.

Content

  • You will learn the New Austrian Tunnelling Method.
  • You will be provided with in-depth knowledge about tunnel boring machines (TBM).
  • Experience on rehabilitation, maintenance (repair) of existing tunnels and aspects of safety and risk analysis will be shared.
  • You will learn how to design and execute tunnel projects in accordance with the principles of the New Austrian Tunnelling Method with regard to geotechnical, structural, organisational, contractual and economic aspects.
  • The course is taught by internationally respected teachers from TU Graz and Montanuniversität Leoben as well as experts from industry.
  • During the course field trips to tunnel construction sites allow observing current practices and approaches.
  • You will take part in practical training units and carry out projects in a team.
  • You will write a final paper and take an examination at the end of the course.

The programme includes the following components:

  • Introduction to the New Austrian Tunnelling Method
  • Exploration and engineering geology field work
  • Testing
  • Characterisation and classification
  • Geotechnical design
  • Analytical and numerical calculations
  • Tunnel design & layout, analytics
  • Construction operations, site organisation
  • Construction contract
  • Risk analyses
  • Tunnel safety
  • Monitoring, data analysis and  interpretation
  • Instrumentation
  • Conventional and mechanical excavation methods
  • Ground improvement measures 
  • Final paper and examination

Target Groups

The university programme is designed for

  • Engineers with qualifications in construction or mining,
  • Geotechnical engineers and geological engineers

who want to specialize in tunnel construction and the New Austrian Tunnelling Method in particular.

Admission Requirements

To register for this programme you must have one of the following qualifications:

  • A master's or Diplom degree at an Austrian university or
  • An equivalent degree at a third-level educational institution in Austria or a different country or
  • A bachelor's degree in a relevant subject and at least three years of professional experience in a relevant subject area.

Since all parts of the programme will be held in English as the language of instruction, you also need good competence in English.

An excavator in a tunnel tube.

Dates and Deadlines

Next programme: 2019 to 2021

  • Start date: September 2019
  • Application: until 31 July 2019
  • Programme dates:

    • Module 1: 9 to 27 September 2019, Graz
    • Module 2: 14 April to 1 May 2020, Graz
    • Module 3: 7 to 25 September 2020, Leoben
    • Module 4: 6 to 23 April 2021, Leoben
    • Module 5: 6 to 24 September 2021, Graz
    • Module 6: 25. bis 29. April 2022, Graz

Source: MUL Leoben

Cooperation

The university programme in NATM Engineering is a cooperation between the Institute of Rock Mechanics and Tunnelling at  TU Graz and the Institute for Subsurface Engineering at Montanuniversität Leoben.

Quick Facts

  • Final degree and duration: 6 semesters part-time
  • ECTS credits: 90
  • Language of instruction: English
  • Course fees: 18,900 €
    These fees do not cover any travel, accommodation or meals
    Possible subsidies and details
  • Structure: The programme is divided into 6 modules. In each semester, you complete one module in a block of three weeks. In the sixth semester, you write a master's thesis.
  • Number of course participants: max. 30
  • Locations: TU Graz and Montanuniversität Leoben
  • Curriculum: NATM Master of Engineering (MEng)

Video on the university programme

Career Options and Qualifications

Alumni of the programme work in the following fields:

  • in construction planning, consulting and supervision of construction,
  • in construction management for construction companies
  • in positions of responsibility for owners and public authorities.
Thomas Marcher, Source: Lunghammer – TU Graz
Thomas Marcher, programme director, TU Graz, as of autumn 2019

The university programme NATM Engineering is well established and worldwide known. With 2019 the teaching program will be complemented by additional topics. It is my goal to provide the participants with in-depth knowledge in tunnelling (especially in NATM but also with a critical examination of different sequential excavation methods worldwide) for shallow and deep tunnel depths in urban and intercity highspeed connections).

The participants shall understand the application of cyclical and continuous excavation methods from an economic point of view as well as feasibility aspects, including also discussions on risks and opportunities. Tunnelling is currently undergoing extreme development, both in terms of machine technology and in terms of measurement technology and digitalisation. I would like to give the participants an insight into the latest developments in tunnel design and construction.

Source: Galler
Robert Galler, programme director, Montanuniversität Leoben

The spezialised University Programm "NATM-Engineer" was created by the two universities Graz University of Technology and Montanuniversität Leoben to satisfy the continuously increasing worldwide demand for qualified tunnel engineers and aim at increasing the skills of the participants in the fields of geotechnical engineering and tunnelling, with an emphasis on the "New Austrian Tunnelling Method" (NATM).

Source: Opernfoto
Wulf Schubert, programme director, TU Graz

The growing worldwide demand for underground constructions and the concentration of tunnelling expertise in Austria inspired TU Graz and the Montanuniversität Leoben to offer this programme, which is organized in blocks so that participants can combine it with their work. That the programme has been taken by 65 students from 32 countries has confirmed the strong demand for engineers with specialist knowledge in this area.

Tunnel tube under construction.

Application

Next start date: 9 September 2019
Deadline for applications: 31 July 2019 

Required application documents:

  • application form, filled out and signed
  • proof of an academic degree or school graduation, depending on the requirements
  • letters of recommendation and certificates
  • copy of passport or identity card


Please send your complete application documents by e-mail or post to:

TU Graz
Life Long Learning
c/o Mag. Vera POSCHAUKO
Rechbauerstraße 12
8010 Graz, Austria
vera.poschaukonoSpam@tugraz.at


After we have checked your application documents, you may be required to come for an interview or take a test before you can be admitted to the programme.

Places to Stay in Graz and Leoben

Special offers are available for the programme participants in a number of hotels and other accommodations: Accomodations in Graz and Leoben.

Contact Us

Programme Administration

Vera POSCHAUKO
Mag.
TU Graz Life Long Learning
Phone: +43 316 873 4932
vera.poschaukonoSpam@tugraz.at

Programme Direction

TU Graz
Wulf SCHUBERT

O.Univ.-Prof. DI Dr.mont.
Phone: +43 316 873 8114
schubertnoSpam@tugraz.at  

Thomas MARCHER (programme director as of autumn 2019)
Univ.-Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Dr.-Ing.
Phone: +43 316 873 8114
thomas.marchernoSpam@tugraz.at

Montanuniversität Leoben
Robert GALLER

Univ.-Prof. DI Dr.mont.
Phone: +43 3842 402 3400
robert.gallernoSpam@unileoben.ac.at

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