Category: Events

RETC 2023

Event Name: RETC 2023
Dates: June 11-14
Location: Boston, MA, USA
Venue: Sheraton Boston Hotel
Booth No: 409

The Rapid Excavation and Tunneling Conference (RETC) is sponsored by the Society for Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration (SME). The show focuses on developments, technology, trends, and innovations that directly affect the tunneling and underground construction industry through a wide variety of technical presentations. Stop by the Robbins booth #409 to meet with our expert staff and find out the latest about our products and projects. Be sure to check out our technical presentations as well:

Monday June 12
Hard Rock TBMs and Tunnels Session

9:30-10:00 AM
Enhanced Probe Drilling and Pre–Grouting Design and Recommendations on Hard Rock TBMs
Presented by Stryker Magnuson, Robbins Design Engineer

10:30-11:00 AM
Record-Setting Tunnel Boring Below Lake Ontario at the Ashbridges Bay Outfall Tunnel
Presented by Doug Harding, Robbins Vice President


WTC 2023

Event Name: ITA-AITES World Tunnel Congress 
Dates: May 12-18, 2023
Location: Athens, Greece
Venue: Megaron Athens International Conference Centre (MAICC)
Stand: 59

Come join us May 12-18 in Athens, Greece for the ITA-AITES World Tunnel Congress, the premiere event for tunneling and underground construction. More than 2,000 professionals are set to take part in the world’s top-attended tunneling conference, where hundreds of technical papers will be presented on the latest topics of interest. Stop by our stand 59 to converse with our expert international team, and find out the latest about our products, projects, and talks at the conference.

Technical Presentations:

Tuesday May 16
Track 2, Theme 4 Mechanized Tunneling
4:30 – 4:50 PM
Mitropoulos Hall
Record-Setting Large Diameter Mixed Ground Tunneling in Turkey: The Eşme-Salihli Railway Tunnel
Presented by Detlef Jordan, Sales Manager Europe

Wednesday May 17
Track 4, Theme 6 Tunneling in Challenging Conditions: Case Histories and Lessons Learned
12:40 – 1:00 PM
MC2 Hall

Lessons Learned During Excavation of the Incredibly Challenging Yin Han Ji Wei Water Diversion Tunnel
Presented by Lok Home, Robbins President


Event Name: NASTT No-Dig 2023
Dates: April 30-May 4, 2023
Location: Portland, Oregon
Booth: 322

Join experienced Robbins staff at the largest trenchless technology conference in the world, NASTT No-Dig in Portland, Oregon. Find out more about our line of Robbins Small Boring Units (SBUs) —game changers in the trenchless industry, saving you time and money on your next hard rock or mixed ground utility tunnel.

Sustainable Tunneling with Rebuilt TBMs

Sustainability in tunneling is more than just a hot topic: current and future tunnel projects can and should seek ways to reduce environmental impacts.  One of the simplest ways to reduce impacts and carbon footprint is with a renewable resource: a tunnel boring machine. TBMs have been proven to last for decades, and can be rebuilt cost effectively project after project with proper maintenance.  In fact, several known, active TBMs are still boring tunnels after more than five decades of use and 50 km of total tunneling.

Just how successful can rebuilt TBMs be? We explore this question through the lens of the DigIndy Project in Indianapolis, Indiana, USA, where contractor J.F. Shea is using a rebuilt TBM to great effect. The 6.2 m diameter Main Beam TBM on that project, originally built in 1980, recently bored the last of more than 40 km of tunnels below the city. During the course of boring, the machine set three world records in its size class of 6 to 7 m, including a best month of 1,754 m.

In this complimentary, 60-minute webinar we discuss rebuilt TBMs as a key to sustainable tunneling with Doug Harding, Robbins Vice President, and Christian Heinz, Project Manager for J.F. Shea. Listen in on our conversation with Julian Champkin of Tunnels & Tunnelling International as we discuss recommendations for rebuilt machine use, and case studies from around the world. The on demand recording is available now. 


Bauma 2022

Event Name: Bauma
Dates: October 24-30, 2022
Location: Munich, Germany
Venue: Messe München
Stand: C2.537

Meet us in Munich, where Robbins will be exhibiting at Bauma, the largest construction machinery trade show in the world. Join us in Hall C2, stand 537 between October 24 and 30, and get the latest on our products and projects. From underground mining solutions to record-setting civil tunneling bores, Robbins is committed to excellence across industries.

World Tunnel Congress 2022

Event Name: ITA-AITES World Tunnel Congress 
Dates: September 2-8, 2022
Location: Copenhagen, Denmark
Stand: E-11B

Come join us September 2-8 in Copenhagen, Denmark for the ITA-AITES World Tunnel Congress, the premiere event for tunneling and underground construction. More than 160 exhibitors will convene, and hundreds of technical papers will be presented on the latest topics of interest. Stop by our stand E-11B to converse with our expert international team, and find out the latest about our products, projects, and talks at the conference.

Technical Presentation: 

Wednesday September 7
Track 4, Mechanized Tunnelling 6
Hard Rock TBM Tunnelling Session, Room Wed6

11:30 – 11:50 AM
Rock Tunnels at High Water Pressure: Non-Continuous Pressurized Tunneling vs. Slurry Tunneling
Presented by Lok Home, Robbins President

Poster Presentations:

Tuesday September 6
1:10 – 1:30 PM
Hall C, Station 10
A Clean Solution for Renewable Energy: Small Diameter Hydro Tunneling
Presented by Detlef Jordan, Sales Manager Europe

Tuesday September 6
1:30 – 1:50 PM
Hall C, Station 6
A Novel, Non-Circular Tunnel Boring Machine for Underground Mine Development
Presented by Brad Grothen, Technical Director

6º Simposio Internacional de Túneles y Lumbreras en Suelos y Rocas

Join AMITOS, the Mexican Society for engineering of tunnels and underground space, in the sixth symposium on tunnels and shafts in soil and rock. Robbins President Lok Home will kick off the conference with a virtual keynote talk on the industry’s approach to R&D, focusing on a particular innovation: non-circular tunneling in rock.

Keynote Talk Details:
Monday March 29
9:00 – 10:00 AM CT
Non-Circular Tunneling in Rock: A New Way Forward
Presented by Lok Home, Robbins President

CIM 2022

Event Name: CIM Convention
Location: Vancouver, BC, Canada
Dates: May 1-4, 2022

The CIM Convention focuses on the future of mining. Join Robbins at the conference for a presentation with Robbins Technical Director, Brad Grothen, P.E., on new innovations for underground mining in rock. Keep an eye out for Abstract Number 252 Faster Underground Mine Development: Getting to First Ore Quicker using a Novel, Non-Circular Tunneling Machine – date and location coming soon! Find out how to reach your ore body quicker, safer and more cost effectively in this talk.

Large Diameter Crossover TBM: Success in Turkey & Future Applications

Large diameter tunneling in mixed ground has historically been seen as a challenge, but a recently completed tunnel in Turkey has changed the conversation. A 13.77 m diameter Crossover XRE TBM bored the Esme Salihli Railway Tunnel at world-record-setting rates of up to 721.8 m in one month, making it the fastest TBM over 13 m in diameter.

Join tunneling experts Brad Grothen P.E., Robbins Technical Director; Şevket Kılıç, TBM Engineer for contractor Kolin Construction; and Prof. Dr. Nuh Bilgin, Chairman of the executive board of the Turkish Tunnelling Society in this complimentary, 45-minute webinar. We’ll discuss the remarkable advance rates, experiences, and future applications for Crossover machines both within Turkey and worldwide. A live Q&A session will be held at the end where you can get a thorough answer from our expert speakers.




NAT 2022

Event Name: North American Tunneling Conference (NAT)
Dates: June 19-22, 2022
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Booth: 205

Come join us in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA June 19-22 at the North American Tunneling Conference, the premier tunneling event focusing on current projects, challenges, and successes in tunneling. Our team of experts will have brochures, technical papers, spec sheets, and the latest updates on our machines. Visit our booth 205 to learn more about our ongoing and successful tunneling projects, and be sure to check out our insightful technical presentations.

Technical Presentations

Monday June 20
TBM Technology Session
Salon G

2:00 – 2:25 PM
Unprecedented In-Tunnel Diameter Conversion of the Largest Hard Rock TBM in the U.S.
Presented by Evan Brinkerhoff, Robbins Field Service Site Manager

2:50 – 3:15 PM
Hard Rock Tunnel Boring in Challenging Conditions at the Jefferson Barracks Tunnel
Presented by Doug Harding, Robbins Sr. Vice President

3:15 – 3:40 PM
The Next Generation of Mixed Ground Tunnel Boring Machines
Presented by Brad Grothen P.E., Robbins Technical Director