Course Overview

Preparatory Course
2 weeks
Fee Subsidy
Up to 90% SF Funding
Professional Development Units

36 PDUs (PEB)

This is the first module of a three-module course that prepares candidates for the Specialist Registration Examination in Tunnel Engineering.1

The three modules are:

  • TE1 - Geology of Singapore and Tunnel Design
  • TE2 - Tunnelling Construction
  • TE3 - Tunnelling Operation and Impact Assessment

TE1 is not a prerequisite for TE2 and TE3. TE2 is not a prerequisite for TE3.

The complete course will cover:

  • Legislations and Guidelines Related to Tunnel Engineering
  • Codes and Standards Related to Tunnel Engineering
  • Local Engineering Geology and Geotechnical Engineering
  • Design and Construction of Bored Tunnelling Works
  • Design and Construction of Complex Mining Works
  • Tunnelling Instrumentation Monitoring and Interpretation Including Tunnelling Key Performance Indicators and Other Related Engineering Parameters
  • Impact Assessment of Adjacent Buildings, Structures and Underground Utilities; and Other Relevant Areas in Tunnel Engineering

1Refer to “Guidelines to Sit for Specialist Registration Examination and Register as Specialist Professional Engineer in the Specialized Branch of Tunnelling Engineering (Oct 2020)”:

Who Should Attend

  • Registered Professional Engineers (Civil) who intend to take the course for the purpose of application as Specialist Professional Engineer in Tunnelling Engineering
  • Persons who are involved in tunnel design or tunnel construction

What You Will Learn

Fundamentals of geology

  • Geology of Singapore
  • Identification and classification of rocks and soil
  • Mineralogy for igneous and sedimentary rocks

Rock and soil mechanics

  • Rock mechanics fundamentals; rock material properties; shear strengths and failure criteria; rock mass properties; Geological Strength Index (GSI); global strength of rock mass
  • Soil mechanics fundamentals: Stress-paths, Stress-dilatancy, soil strength

Rock mass classification

  • Rock mass classification; rock mass and rock material; primary factors in rock mechanics and rock engineering; mapping and description of rock joints and discontinuities; Rock Quality Designation; effects of ground water; in-situ stress; Rock Mass Rating (RMR); Rock Mass Quality (Q)

Site investigation and ground characterisation

  • Geological/geotechnical investigation methods; geophysical methods; in-situ and laboratory testing; Standards and codes of practice; Development of ground model; Predictive geology using site investigation information

Case histories

  • Characteristics of various soils/rocks in Singapore; few case histories to illustrate how they affect tunnel construction; measures to deal with such material characteristics

Segmental lining design

  • General Arrangement
  • Structural Design for both permanent and temporary loading
  • Waterproofing
  • Steel Fibre Reinforced Concrete Segments

Cast in situ permanent lining design

  • Design of supports for reinforcements cage in mined tunnels
  • Design review of systematic formworks for mined tunnels

Sprayed concrete lining design

  • Sprayed concrete lining design including SFR shotcrete
  • Face stability
  • Waterproofing design (membrane type and spray membrane type)

Face pressure

  • Face pressure calculations for Mechanized Tunnelling

Review of design using numerical methods

  • Finite element method fundamentals
  • Lining analyses
  • Stability and serviceability

Teaching Team

Kar Winn
Kar Winn

Sessional Lecturer, Newcastle Australia Institute of Higher Education (NAIHE)

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Yeo Chong Hun
Yeo Chong Hun

Assistant Professor, Engineering, Singapore Institute of Technology

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Paul Sweeney

Associate, Arup

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Jeyatharan Kumarasamy
Jeyatharan Kumarasamy

Deputy Director, Geotechnical and Tunnels Division; Deputy Chief Specialist, Ground Engineering; Land Transport Authority

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Sofren Leo Suhaendi
Sofren Leo Suhaendi

Associate, Deputy Tunnel Leader, Arup

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Oskar Sigl
Oskar Sigl

Managing Director, Geoconsult Asia Singapore

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Time Date Topics
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm 5 October 2023 Fundamentals of geology
10 October 2023 Review of design using numerical methods
12 October 2023 Face pressure
17 October 2023 Case histories
19 & 24 October 2023 Segmental lining design
27 October 2023

Site investigation and ground characterisation – soil

Soil mechanics

31 October 2023

Site investigation and ground characterisation – basic, rock

Rock mass classification

3 November 2023 Rock mechanics
7 November 2023 Cast in situ permanent lining design
10 November 2023 Sprayed concrete lining design
14 November 2023 Q&A session
21 November 2023 Examination

Certificate and Assessment

A Certificate of Participation will be issued to participants who

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

A Certificate of Attainment will be issued to participants who

  • Attend at least 75% of the course
  • Undertake and pass the final examination

Fee Structure

The full fee for this course is S$2,398.00.

Category After SF Funding
Singapore Citizen (Below 40) S$719.40
Singapore Citizen (40 & Above) S$279.40
Singapore PR / LTVP+ Holder S$719.40
Non-Singapore Citizen S$2,398.00 (No Funding)

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

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