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Design & Construction of Road Tunnels

May 4 - May 10


This comprehensive course on the Design and Construction of Road Tunnels offers an in-depth exploration into the world of underground road infrastructure. Designed for engineers, architects, and construction professionals, this program delves into the fundamental concepts, innovative techniques, and best practices essential for the successful design and construction of road tunnels. Participants will learn about the unique challenges presented by underground construction, including geological considerations, environmental impacts, and the latest technological advancements in tunneling. The course also covers critical aspects of safety, ventilation, lighting, and emergency response systems specific to road tunnels. Through a combination of expert lectures, case studies, and hands-on exercises, attendees will gain the knowledge and skills needed to effectively contribute to all phases of road tunnel projects.

Course Outcomes

  • Understanding of Geotechnical and Environmental Considerations: Participants will learn to assess and address the geotechnical challenges and environmental implications inherent in tunnel design and construction, ensuring sustainable and safe underground structures.
  • Proficiency in Road Tunnel Design Principles: Gain expertise in the key principles of road tunnel design, including structural analysis, load considerations, and the integration of effective ventilation, lighting, and drainage systems.
  • Knowledge of Advanced Construction Techniques: Develop an understanding of the latest technologies and methods in tunnel construction, such as Tunnel Boring Machines (TBMs), New Austrian Tunnelling Method (NATM), and other cutting-edge techniques.
  • Skills in Safety and Risk Management: Acquire critical skills in identifying and managing risks associated with tunnel construction, including the implementation of robust safety protocols and emergency response systems.
  • Insight into Project Management and Regulatory Compliance: Learn to effectively manage tunnel construction projects, focusing on budgeting, scheduling, and compliance with regulatory standards and environmental laws.

Target Audience

  • Civil Engineers: Professionals specializing in tunnel design, structural engineering, and construction management who are looking to deepen their expertise in road tunnel projects.
  • Geotechnical Engineers: Experts in soil and rock mechanics who play a critical role in assessing tunneling environments and ensuring the structural integrity of tunnels.
  • Project Managers: Individuals responsible for overseeing road tunnel projects, ensuring they are completed on time, within budget, and according to specifications.
  • Transportation Planners: Professionals involved in the strategic planning of transportation infrastructure, focusing on integrating road tunnels into broader transportation networks.
  • Construction Contractors: Firms and individuals directly involved in the construction of road tunnels, looking to update their practices and understand the latest technologies and methodologies.


View the IRF Design & Construction of Road Tunnels schedule & directory.

Dr. Amin K. Akhnoukh

Dr. Amin K. Akhnoukh is an Associate Professor in the Construction Management Department at East Carolina University (ECU). Prior to joining ECU in August 2017, Dr. Akhnoukh worked as an Assistant and Associate Professor at the Construction Management & Civil and Construction Engineering at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, a Senior Design Engineer at Dar El-Handasa, and an Engineer at Orascom Engineering, Cairo, Egypt. Dr. Akhnoukh’s main research interests are in the fields of construction materials, with an emphasis on concrete and asphalt. Dr. Akhnoukh has an extensive teaching portfolio with more than 14 undergraduate and graduate level courses, including Structure Analysis, Mechanics of Materials, Soil Mechanics and Foundations, Reinforced and Prestressed Concrete, Flexible and Rigid Pavement Design, Sustainability in Construction, and Construction Quality. Dr. Akhnoukh is a registered Professional Engineer in the States of Arkansas and North Carolina and a registered Associate Constructor by the American Institute of Constructors, Virginia, USA. Dr. Akhnoukh has more than 75 refereed publications in prestigious journals and local and international conferences. Dr. Akhnoukh received research funding in excess of $3.0 million as PI and Co. PI. His research is funded by the Arkansas Department of Transportation, the Arkansas Science and Technology Association, the Arkansas Space Grant Consortium, the North Carolina Department of Transportation, the National Science Foundation, and NASA. Dr. Akhnoukh supervised and graduated more than 20 Doctorate and Master students. Dr. Akhnoukh is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, American Concrete Institute, and Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute. Dr. Akhnoukh is a Fellow of the International Road Federation (IRF) and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

Venue & Hotel

Brussels, Belgium