Course Overview

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

PDU (PEB) – Pending approval

This is the third module of a three-module course that prepares candidates for the Specialist Registration Examinations 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:

  • Theory and Application of Excavation Management System
  • Slurry quality and treatment for mechanized tunnelling
  • Planning of Tunnelling parameters (KPI)
  • Soil Conditioning for EPB TBM
  • Case History for Mechanised and Conventional Tunnelling
  • Instrumentation & Monitoring for Mechanised and Conventional Tunnelling Works
  • Impact assessment & Mitigation Measures
  • Local regulatory requirements
  • Mechanical & Electrical Systems of Tunnel Boring Machines

1 Refer 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

  • Civil engineers who are registered professional engineers with the Professional Engineers Board Singapore (PEB) and who wish to be certified as Specialist in Tunnel Engineering
  • Engineers who are involved with tunnel constructions such as geotechnical engineers, civil engineers, site engineers, field engineers, project engineers and construction managers
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This course is relevant and useful for engineers who wish to embark on a career in the tunnelling industry.
Teoh Theam Hooi Robert
Associate, AECOM Singapore Pte Ltd

What You Will Learn

Theory and Application of Excavation Management System

  • Theoretical basis of Excavation Management System (EMS) based on Total
  • Volume, Total Mass, Dry Mass/Dry Volume.
  • Primary and secondary EMS for Slurry and EPB TBMs
  • Measuring devices (flowmeters, density meters) installation, calibration and how it affects the EMS.
  • Practical applications

Slurry Quality and Treatment for Mechanised Tunnelling

  • Primary and Secondary functions of slurry in tunnelling
  • Physical and Rheological properties of bentonite-based slurry and how they affect the slurry functions
  • Planning of slurry Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) for different ground conditions and tunnelling operations
  • Slurry Treatment Plant Design (in-line, off-line), and understanding of STP flow diagrams.

Planning of Tunnelling Parameters (KPI)

  • An overview on the planning of Tunnelling KPIs including consideration on deep tunnels VS shallow tunnels.
  • Calculation methods for Maximum Thrusts, Maximum Torque, Tail void pressure, primary grout volumes.
  • Planning for Cutterhead Interventions (CHI) with the aid of wear prediction methods

Soil Conditioning for EPB TBM

  • Materials used for soil conditioning in EPB tunnelling and performance requirements
  • Testing methods for the evaluation of the suitability of foams
  • Correlation between types of soil conditioning and different types of ground conditions
  • Risks and mitigation measures related to soil conditioning in difficult ground conditions

Case history for mechanised and conventional tunnelling

Instrumentation and Monitoring for Mechanised and Conventional Tunnelling Works

  • Common types of instruments and how they work
  • Minimum monitoring requirements for tunnelling works
  • Special Monitoring Scenario (TBM launch & Initial Drive, Cutter Head Intervention, Mining/SCL)
  • Review Levels and Interpretation of Data
  • Regulatory Requirements

Impact Assessment and Mitigation Measures

  • Estimating adjacent structure movements, including influence of building stiffness.
  • Damage classification and potential to cause building damage
  • Approach and framework for building impact assessment
  • Establishing allowable movement limits for buildings and defining monitoring review levels.
  • Mitigation Measures such as strengthening, underpinning, groundwater control, and other mitigation and contingency measures

Local Regulatory Requirements

Mechanical and Electrical Systems of Tunnel Boring Machines

  • Design objectives and considerations
  • Installation and operation of supporting mechanical and electrical systems for the TBM

Requirements for Factory Acceptance Testing and Site Acceptance Testing

Teaching Team

Yeo Chong Hun
Yeo Chong Hun

Assistant Professor, Engineering, Singapore Institute of Technology

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Massimo Marotta
Massimo Marotta

Deputy Director, Tunnelling, Land Transport Authority

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Antonio Catalan
Antonio Catalan Navarro

Principal Project Manager, Tunnelling, Land Transport Authority

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Poh Chee Keong
Poh Chee Keong

Deputy Director, Tunnelling; Assistant Chief Specialist (Mechanised Tunnelling); Land Transport Authority

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Jeyatharan Kumarasamy

Director, Civil Design, and Deputy Chief Specialist, Ground Engineering, Land Transport Authority

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Goh Kok Hun
Goh Kok Hun

PhD, PE(Civil), PE(Geo), CPEng; Group Director, Infrastructure Design & Engineering, Land Transport Authority

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Melvyn Thong
Melvyn Thong

2 Deputy Group Director, Rail (Mechanical & Electrical); Chief Specialist, Power Supply; Land Transport Authority; Head, Project Management Business Unit, MSI Global Pte Ltd;

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Charlie Lim Lean Wan
Charlie Lim Lean Wan

Consultant, Mechanical Services; Systems Specialists; Rail / Road Systems Group; Land Transport Authority

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Chow Wei Mun
Chow Wei Mun

Principal Engineer, Building and Construction Authority

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Course Run Dates Time
September – October 2024 Run 

3, 5, 10, 12, 17, 19, 24 & 26 September 2024

1, 3, 8, 10, & 15 October 2024

22 October 2024 (Examination)

7:00 pm – 10:00 pm


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.

Course Runs

September 2024
03 Sep 2024 - 22 Oct 2024
2 weeks
SIT@Dover, 10 Dover Drive S138683
SGD $2,398.00
Up to 90% SF Funding
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