Tunnelling Association of Canada
Association canadienne des tunnels
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British Columbia Chapter (Vancouver)

Email: BritishColumbia@tunnelcanada.ca

About the British Columbia Chapter
Primary Centre: Vancouver, BC

The British Columbia Chapter offers 8 to 10 evening presentations annually at Steamworks Pub in Vancouver, 375 Water Street, with invited speakers on a wide variety of topics (doors open at 5:30 pm and presentations begin at 6:15 pm). Active TAC members and non-members are welcome. The cost is $5 for members, $10 for non-members, and includes one drink (beer/wine) and appetizers (please bring your TAC membership card or payment receipt for the year).

See the upcoming events listings below to learn more about upcoming presentations. Please RSVP your interest in attending to Alexander MacKinnon at alexander.mackinnon@wsp.com and Julian Arambarri at jarambarri@aldeaservices.com. Last minute attendees are also welcome! And please let us know if you are interested in presenting (or know someone who might be).

Executive Committee
The Executive Committee of the TAC British Columbia Chapter consists of the following members:

Chair (TAC Director, British Columbia & Young Members)
Nichole Boultbee
Aldea Services
Aaron Nickoli
Event Coordinator
Alexander MacKinnon
Member (TAC Past President)
Erik Eberhardt
University of British Columbia
Member (TAC President)
Bruce Downing
Member (TAC Director)
Connor Langford
Mott MacDonald
Event Coordinator
Julian Arambarri
Aldea Services

Upcoming Events

Feb 29 2024
MS Teams
TACym Learning Series - Introduction to Assembling and Launching a TBM
The TAC Young Member’s Committee is excited to announce the next in our educational series for our members. Focused on introductory topics, the webinar series will strive to teach basic tunnelling themes not often taught in school but beneficial to those working in the industry. If you’re a student, just starting your career, or someone who likes to continually learn, then you’ll be sure to pick-up something new.

Topic: Introduction to Assembling and Launching a TBM

Presentation Overview:

Have you ever seen a 200-ton cutterhead being lifted into the air? For this reason, and many others, assembling and launching a TBM on a jobsite is amongst the most exciting parts of any mechanized tunnelling project. It requires meticulous planning to orchestrate heavy transports, large cranes, civil works, and a wide range of highly skilled and experienced individuals. The common goal is always to support the project by accommodating its individual requirements for assembling and launching the TBM. Safety, quality and timely execution are the top priorities during this operation.
The first part of this presentation will provide an overview of inputs and considerations that go into planning a TBM assembly. The second part will introduce the audience to the various phases of a TBM assembly. The final part of this presentation will touch upon procedures and considerations for launching a TBM onto its journey into the underground.

Speaker Bio:

Carl-Georg Plum
Herrenknecht Tunnelling Systems USA Inc., Sumner, Washington (State), USA

Carl-Georg Plum brings over seven years of expertise in assembling, launching, and servicing Tunnel Boring Machines (TBMs) for Herrenknecht in North America, Europe, and the Middle East. Currently serving as a Field Service Area Manager for Herrenknecht Tunnelling Systems, he looks after the company’s service portfolio on the West Coast of Canada and the US. Carl holds a diploma in Petroleum Engineering from the Technical University of Freiberg, Germany.

Herrenknecht is the leading global premium supplier for all-round technology solutions in mechanized tunnelling for tunnel infrastructures of all kinds. Close co-operation with customers is central to Herrnknecht’s identity. It underscores the company’s dedication to support customers with safely overcoming all obstacles during tunnelling, leveraging experience from more than a thousand tunnelling projects.

When: Thursday, February 29, 2024 at 3pm (EST) / 12pm (PST)

Where: MS Teams (Please reach out to info@tunnelcanada.ca for the meeting details)

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