Course Overview

Modular Certification Course
3+ months
Fee Subsidy
Up to 90% SF Funding

This module covers the common types of retaining walls and the design considerations in deep excavation and tunnelling.

For deep excavation, this module will cover the roles of different components, the method of excavation, the modes of failure, and the need for ground improvement. Participants will also explore the instrumentation used to monitor the system's performance, the associated ground movements, and the impact assessment on adjacent structures and utilities.

For tunnelling, this module will cover rock tunnelling, soft ground tunnelling, mixed phase tunnelling, tunnelling with TBM, and mined tunnelling. Participants will also explore the risks involved in tunnelling, trenchless technology, and segmental tunnel lining design. The last topic is soil nailing and ground anchors. It covers the design considerations, the mode of failure, and the testing methods.

Who Should Attend

  • Civil engineers, site engineers, field engineers, project engineers
  • Construction managers
  • Candidates should possess a Bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering

What You Will Learn

Deep excavation

  • Overview of deep excavation
  • Basal heave, toe stability, uplift and seepage
  • Wall deflection, ground settlement and damage assessment
  • Strut forces; bending moment and observational method
  • Numerical modelling and instrumentation
  • Ground improvement; recharge wells and relief wells


  • Construction of bored tunnelling works: EPB TBM & Slurry TBM, ring selection, excavation management control, CHI, STP, soil conditioning
  • Design of bored tunnelling works: segmental lining design, face stability, prefabrication of precast segments
  • Codes, standards & guidelines on tunnel engineering: local engineering geology and geotechnical applications in tunnelling
  • Design & construction of complex mining works: SCL, CIS permanent lining design, cross passages, NATM
  • Tunnelling instrumentation & monitoring: Slurry KPI and other related engineering parameters
  • Impact assessment of adjacent buildings, structures & utilities: ground settlement due to tunnelling works and ground improvement

Teaching Team

Wong Kai Sin
Wong Kai Sin

Professor, Engineering, Singapore Institute of Technology

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Course Run Dates Time
August - December 2023 Run  31  August - 3 December 2023 (Every Thursday*) 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm


*Subject to change

Certificate and Assessment

A Certificate of Participation will be issued to participants who:

  • Attend at least 75% of the module; and
  • Undertake non-credit bearing assessment during the course

A Certificate of Attainment for each module will be issued to participants who:

  • Attend at least 75% of the module; and
  • Undertake and pass credit bearing assessment during the course

Fee Structure

The full fee for this course is S$3,573.78.

Category After SF Funding
Singapore Citizen (Below 40) S$1,062.21
Singapore Citizen (40 & Above) S$400.40
Singapore PR / LTVP+ Holder S$1,072.14
Non-Singapore Citizen S$3,573.78 (No Funding)

Note: All fees above include GST. GST applies to individuals and Singapore-registered companies.

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