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.
The programme includes the following components:
The university programme is designed for
who want to specialize in tunnel construction and the New Austrian Tunnelling Method in particular.
To register for this programme you must have one of the following qualifications:
Since all parts of the programme will be held in English as the language of instruction, you also need good competence in English.
Alumni of the programme work in the following fields:
The university programmeNATM Engineeringis 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.
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).
The NATM engineering programme provides practical insight into all aspects of deep tunnelling from geological investigations, rock mechanics to scheduling, construction and risk management. Being a geotechnical engineer who is largely involved in surface and underground mining, the NATM programme was very useful as the design aspects use systematic approaches for modelling ground conditions and conceptually understanding ground behaviour for tunnels that are designed to remain serviceable for over 100 years, rather than say 5 to 10 years as is usually the case for mining. These approaches greatly supplement methods commonly used in the mining industry.
Special offers are available for the programme participants in a number of hotels and other accommodations: Accomodations in Graz and Leoben.
Institute of Rock Mechanics and Tunnelling
Tel.: +43 316 873 8615
Univ.-Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Dr.-Ing.
Phone: +43 316 873 8114
Univ.-Prof. DI Dr.mont.
Phone: +43 3842 402 3400