General Topics of Symposium

The objective of “International Tunneling Symposium in Turkey” is to discuss the various issues related to classical and mechanized tunneling focusing on engineering and technological solutions including planning, design, operation, monitoring, testing, modelling, research and development. Areas of interest include, but not limited to, the following topics:

  • Design, planning and utilization of underground structures
  • Field and laboratory investigations, soil and rock testing
  • Geological and geotechnical reporting
  • Classical tunneling, New Austrian Tunneling Method (NATM)
  • Umbrella arch and other pre-support methods applications
  • Shotcrete, wire mesh, steel support applications
  • Drilling and blasting applications and vibrations in urbanized areas
  • Excavation, support, haulage, ventilation and drainage applications
  • New (rapid) excavation technologies, selection-design-performance
  • Full-face tunneling machines (TBMs)
  • Roadheaders and impact/hydraulic hammers
  • Logistics-backup units in rapid excavation systems
  • Mobilization, portals, void grouting
  • Soil-muck conditioning, slurry conditioning
  • Risk analysis and management, organization, tendering processes, costs
  • Environmental effects, ground deformations, geotechnical measurements
  • Probe drilling, ground-soil improvement, jet grouting
  • Health and safety in underground excavations
  • Post-excavation works, electro mechanics, signalization, fire monitoring
  • Maintenance and rehabilitation of underground structures
  • Mega tunnel applications, tunneling applications in mine developments

Prospective authors are invited to submit abstracts on various aspects of the symposium topics. Abstracts should be about 300-500 words long, with a title, authors' names and affiliations, and email addresses, and be submitted at the symposium website ( before 10 August 2017. The official language of the symposium is English. All of the presentations will be simultaneously translated into Turkish.