Tunnel design with PLAXIS 2D and 3D

(24 student reviews)

Online course

60 hours/ 6 weeks

Dates: 16th of September to 28th of October

Standard Unemployed Or Student
$421 $313

In collaboration with Bentley Systems

PLAXIS 2D and PLAXIS 3D license included

Get an official certificate provided by Bentley Systems

Introduction

Tunnels are becoming less expensive, more resilient and are being used to solve various modern problems in transportation, storage, energy and in other sectors. More and more governments and owners are building longer, deeper, and bigger tunnels, and there is a growing need for qualified professionals to undertake these interesting soil-structure interaction designs. For this reason, the present course “Tunnel Design with PLAXIS 2D and 3D” has been developed to support tunnel professionals to improve or start a career in tunnelling focusing on design and modelling in PLAXIS 2D and 3D.

This course aims to provide training on tunnel design using PLAXIS 2D and 3D software. The course covers different types of tunnelling construction methods, such as: conventional, segmental lining and rock tunnels. The course also goes through different design approaches and verifications considering different geologies, loading conditions, project stage, and other different considerations.

The course is divided into 6 modules and has a duration of approximately 60 hours, covering both ground and support behavior, when excavating a tunnel, tunnelling construction methods, numerical modelling with PLAXIS 2D and 3D; and concludes with lessons learned from tunnel collapses, monitoring and risk mitigation.

Objectives

The professor, Cláudio Cabral Dias, Head of Ground Engineering and Tunnelling at AYESA, aims to use his extensive international experience in the design and construction of different types of tunnels, to train professional with real projects and didactic exercises, so that they can obtain/improve design skills to work in the dynamic and growing industry of tunnelling.

At the end of this course, you will have the necessary training and basic knowledge to understand:

  • Construction and Tunnels Design.
  • PLAXIS 2D features for Tunnelling.
  • Conventional, Segmental Lining and Rock Tunnels.
  • PLAXIS 3D features for Tunnelling.
  • Tunnel intersections and Impacts to Assets in 3D.
  • Monitoring and Risk Mitigation.

The course includes 3 live webinars to answer questions.


Limited places.


Module 1. Construction and Tunnels Design (week 1)

  • – Latest Trends in the Tunnelling Market.
  • – Tunnel Construction Methods.
  • – Tunnelling Projects and Design.
  • – Conventional Tunnel Design.
  • – Tunnel Segmental Lining Design.
  • – Hand-Mining/Squareworks Tunnel Design.
  • – Secondary Linings Design.
  • – Ground Treatment and Groundwater Control.

Module 2. Introduction to PLAXIS 2D (week 2)

  • – Introduction to PLAXIS 2D.
  • – Geology and Stratigraphy.
  • – Meshing and Initial Stress.
  • – Circular Excavations and Ground-Arch Effect.
  • – Plastic Deformation.
  • – Constitutive Ground Models.
  • – Non-Ground Loading and Displacements.

Module 3. Tunnel Design in PLAXIS 2D (week 3)

  • – Axisymmetric Models.
  • – Ground Relaxation in 2D.
  • – Field Stress Models.
  • – Tunnelling in Unsaturated Conditions.
  • – Conventional Tunnels.
  • – Segmental Lining Tunnels.
  • – Rock Tunnelling.
  • – Linings Structural Checks.

Module 4.  Introduction to PLAXIS 3D (week 4)

  • – Introduction to PLAXIS 3D.
  • – Conventional Tunnels.
  • – Segmental Lining Tunnels.
  • – Rock Tunnelling.
  • – Ground Treatment and Dewatering.
  • – Secondary Linings.

Module 5. Tunnel Design in PLAXIS 3D (week 5)

  • – Circular Shaft.
  • – Intersection of SCL Tunnel and Shaft.
  • – 2 TBM Tunnel Drives in Parallel.
  • – Cross Passage Tunnel.
  • – Structural Checks for Linings.
  • – Impacts to Existing Assets due to Tunnelling.

Module 6. Monitoring and Risks Mitigation (week 6)

  • – Tunnel Collapses and their Lessons.
  • – Assessment of Potential Damage.
  • – Monitoring Design.
  • –Risk Assessment and Mitigation.

Cláudio Cabral Dias

Cláudio is a MSc CEng Civil Engineer specialized in Tunnelling with more than 12 years of experience. After working in Portugal, Brazil and UK, he currently resides in Madrid, where he is the Head of the Ground Engineering and Tunnelling design team at AYESA.

His experience includes reference and detailed designs, along with construction supervision of several international underground nuclear, rail, road, and hydroelectric projects in South and North America, UK, Portugal, Spain, and India. His experience includes projects such as the underground of Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Brasilia, Los Angeles, London, Madrid, and Porto Metros. He is a Bentley Qualified Trainer – PLAXIS FE and an expert in numerical modelling of Soil-Structure-Interaction for tunnelling and excavations.

Cláudio is a member of ITACUS, Portuguese Order of Engineers, certified as EUR ING by FEANI, and CEng MICE by ICE. He has also published more than a dozen papers in conferences and journals, promoting more efficient designs through advanced modelling.

 

The course is delivered online through our easy-to-use Virtual Campus platform. For this course, a variety of content is provided including:

– eLearning materials
– Videos
– Interactive multimedia content
– Live webinar classes
– Texts and technical articles
– Case studies
– Assignments and evaluation exercises

Students can download the materials and work through the course at their own pace.
We regularly update this course to ensure the latest news and state-of-the-art developments are covered, and your knowledge of the subject is current.

Live webinars form part of our course delivery. These allow students and tutors to go through the course materials, exchange ideas and knowledge, and solve problems together in a virtual classroom setting. Students can also make use of the platform’s forum, a meeting point to interact with tutors and other students.

The tutoring system is managed by email. Students can email the tutor with any questions about the course and the tutor will be happy to help.

The course is particularly interesting for students or professionals from the following areas:

  • – Civil Engineers; Geotechnical Engineers; Geologists; Geological Engineers and Mining Engineers;
  • – Tunnel construction professionals;
  • – Structural Engineering professionals who want to have a more complete understanding of Tunnel Support Design;
  • – Any other professional who is currently working with tunnels or intends to start a career dedicated to Tunnel Engineering.

Once a student finishes the course and successfully completes the assignments and evaluation tests, they are sent an accreditation certificate. The certificate is issued by Ingeoexpert to verify that the student has passed the course. It is a digital certificate that is unique and tamper-proof – it is protected by Blockchain technology. This means it is possible for anyone to check that it is an authentic, original document.

You will be able to download the certificate in an electronic format from the Virtual Campus platform. The certificate can be forwarded by email, shared on social networks, and embedded on websites. To see an example, click here.

There has never been a better time to become a tunneling engineer. Tunnels are becoming less expensive, more resilient and are being used to solve various modern problems with transportation, storage, energy, among others. More and more governments are building longer and larger tunnels, and there is a growing need for qualified professionals to perform these interesting soil-structure interaction designs. This course will allow you to get the design skill set to improve or start a career in underground and tunnelling projects focusing on design and modelling in PLAXIS 2D and 3D.

In collaboration with Bentley Systems

PLAXIS 2D and PLAXIS 3D license included

Get an official certificate provided by Bentley Systems

Introduction

Tunnels are becoming less expensive, more resilient and are being used to solve various modern problems in transportation, storage, energy and in other sectors. More and more governments and owners are building longer, deeper, and bigger tunnels, and there is a growing need for qualified professionals to undertake these interesting soil-structure interaction designs. For this reason, the present course “Tunnel Design with PLAXIS 2D and 3D” has been developed to support tunnel professionals to improve or start a career in tunnelling focusing on design and modelling in PLAXIS 2D and 3D.

This course aims to provide training on tunnel design using PLAXIS 2D and 3D software. The course covers different types of tunnelling construction methods, such as: conventional, segmental lining and rock tunnels. The course also goes through different design approaches and verifications considering different geologies, loading conditions, project stage, and other different considerations.

The course is divided into 6 modules and has a duration of approximately 60 hours, covering both ground and support behavior, when excavating a tunnel, tunnelling construction methods, numerical modelling with PLAXIS 2D and 3D; and concludes with lessons learned from tunnel collapses, monitoring and risk mitigation.

Objectives

The professor, Cláudio Cabral Dias, Head of Ground Engineering and Tunnelling at AYESA, aims to use his extensive international experience in the design and construction of different types of tunnels, to train professional with real projects and didactic exercises, so that they can obtain/improve design skills to work in the dynamic and growing industry of tunnelling.

At the end of this course, you will have the necessary training and basic knowledge to understand:

  • Construction and Tunnels Design.
  • PLAXIS 2D features for Tunnelling.
  • Conventional, Segmental Lining and Rock Tunnels.
  • PLAXIS 3D features for Tunnelling.
  • Tunnel intersections and Impacts to Assets in 3D.
  • Monitoring and Risk Mitigation.

The course includes 3 live webinars to answer questions.


Limited places.


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Module 1. Construction and Tunnels Design (week 1)

  • – Latest Trends in the Tunnelling Market.
  • – Tunnel Construction Methods.
  • – Tunnelling Projects and Design.
  • – Conventional Tunnel Design.
  • – Tunnel Segmental Lining Design.
  • – Hand-Mining/Squareworks Tunnel Design.
  • – Secondary Linings Design.
  • – Ground Treatment and Groundwater Control.

Module 2. Introduction to PLAXIS 2D (week 2)

  • – Introduction to PLAXIS 2D.
  • – Geology and Stratigraphy.
  • – Meshing and Initial Stress.
  • – Circular Excavations and Ground-Arch Effect.
  • – Plastic Deformation.
  • – Constitutive Ground Models.
  • – Non-Ground Loading and Displacements.

Module 3. Tunnel Design in PLAXIS 2D (week 3)

  • – Axisymmetric Models.
  • – Ground Relaxation in 2D.
  • – Field Stress Models.
  • – Tunnelling in Unsaturated Conditions.
  • – Conventional Tunnels.
  • – Segmental Lining Tunnels.
  • – Rock Tunnelling.
  • – Linings Structural Checks.

Module 4.  Introduction to PLAXIS 3D (week 4)

  • – Introduction to PLAXIS 3D.
  • – Conventional Tunnels.
  • – Segmental Lining Tunnels.
  • – Rock Tunnelling.
  • – Ground Treatment and Dewatering.
  • – Secondary Linings.

Module 5. Tunnel Design in PLAXIS 3D (week 5)

  • – Circular Shaft.
  • – Intersection of SCL Tunnel and Shaft.
  • – 2 TBM Tunnel Drives in Parallel.
  • – Cross Passage Tunnel.
  • – Structural Checks for Linings.
  • – Impacts to Existing Assets due to Tunnelling.

Module 6. Monitoring and Risks Mitigation (week 6)

  • – Tunnel Collapses and their Lessons.
  • – Assessment of Potential Damage.
  • – Monitoring Design.
  • –Risk Assessment and Mitigation.

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Cláudio Cabral Dias

Cláudio is a MSc CEng Civil Engineer specialized in Tunnelling with more than 12 years of experience. After working in Portugal, Brazil and UK, he currently resides in Madrid, where he is the Head of the Ground Engineering and Tunnelling design team at AYESA.

His experience includes reference and detailed designs, along with construction supervision of several international underground nuclear, rail, road, and hydroelectric projects in South and North America, UK, Portugal, Spain, and India. His experience includes projects such as the underground of Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Brasilia, Los Angeles, London, Madrid, and Porto Metros. He is a Bentley Qualified Trainer – PLAXIS FE and an expert in numerical modelling of Soil-Structure-Interaction for tunnelling and excavations.

Cláudio is a member of ITACUS, Portuguese Order of Engineers, certified as EUR ING by FEANI, and CEng MICE by ICE. He has also published more than a dozen papers in conferences and journals, promoting more efficient designs through advanced modelling.

 

Read more

The course is delivered online through our easy-to-use Virtual Campus platform. For this course, a variety of content is provided including:

– eLearning materials
– Videos
– Interactive multimedia content
– Live webinar classes
– Texts and technical articles
– Case studies
– Assignments and evaluation exercises

Students can download the materials and work through the course at their own pace.
We regularly update this course to ensure the latest news and state-of-the-art developments are covered, and your knowledge of the subject is current.

Live webinars form part of our course delivery. These allow students and tutors to go through the course materials, exchange ideas and knowledge, and solve problems together in a virtual classroom setting. Students can also make use of the platform’s forum, a meeting point to interact with tutors and other students.

The tutoring system is managed by email. Students can email the tutor with any questions about the course and the tutor will be happy to help.

Read more

The course is particularly interesting for students or professionals from the following areas:

  • – Civil Engineers; Geotechnical Engineers; Geologists; Geological Engineers and Mining Engineers;
  • – Tunnel construction professionals;
  • – Structural Engineering professionals who want to have a more complete understanding of Tunnel Support Design;
  • – Any other professional who is currently working with tunnels or intends to start a career dedicated to Tunnel Engineering.

Read more

Once a student finishes the course and successfully completes the assignments and evaluation tests, they are sent an accreditation certificate. The certificate is issued by Ingeoexpert to verify that the student has passed the course. It is a digital certificate that is unique and tamper-proof – it is protected by Blockchain technology. This means it is possible for anyone to check that it is an authentic, original document.

You will be able to download the certificate in an electronic format from the Virtual Campus platform. The certificate can be forwarded by email, shared on social networks, and embedded on websites. To see an example, click here.

Read more

There has never been a better time to become a tunneling engineer. Tunnels are becoming less expensive, more resilient and are being used to solve various modern problems with transportation, storage, energy, among others. More and more governments are building longer and larger tunnels, and there is a growing need for qualified professionals to perform these interesting soil-structure interaction designs. This course will allow you to get the design skill set to improve or start a career in underground and tunnelling projects focusing on design and modelling in PLAXIS 2D and 3D.

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24 reviews for Tunnel design with PLAXIS 2D and 3D

  1. Michele Formica

    Each learning session is clear, immersive and facilitates students to develop a holistic and detailed understanding of numerical modeling applied to tunnels and underground structures for a large variety of construction methods.
    Moreover, I have found Claudio’s teaching method very inspiring. He knows how to boost enthusiasm in people and he was always available by email to share his advanced knowledge and to help individuals to solve their own specific cases of study.
    Furthermore, Claudio promoted a free and spontaneous interaction in the forum and through several live sessions, by which I have really expanded my knowledge and my level of confidence with PLAXIS 2D and 3D.
    I highly recommend this course to everyone, regardless of the level of experience.

  2. Thi Thanh Hang Nguyen

    I really enjoyed this great course. The course is rich in information and knowledge of tunnel design, both theoretical and pratical aspects. Claudio Cabral Dias is an excellent teacher. He took time to answer all of our questions in an efficient way and gave us constant support during the course. The course materials (support documents, exercises, Plaxis 2D and 3D) are very helpful. Through the webinars, we had very interesting professional exchanges. I strongly recommend this course.

  3. Raditya Ahmad Syah Arrafi

    The tunnel course provides in-depth knowledge about various models in tunnel cases, both in rock and soil. I highly recommend this course.

  4. Ir Dr Cheng Kim Bong

    I find myself with full confidence after attending this course. I enjoyed very much with each of the modules and with clear explanations from Claudio. I would not hesitate to recommend individuals to attend this course which is very useful whether you are experienced or with little knowledge of Plaxis 2D & 3D. What you need is to follow the course content closely and finally, you will have a grasp of Plaxis 2D & 3D.
    Regards,
    Ir Dr Cheng Kim Bong

  5. Chukwuma Charles Okafor

    I will highly recommend this course to anyone who is looking to delve into the analysis and design of tunnels. The course has a rich content with armful reference materials to aid learning, even for participants without prior experience in using Plaxis.

    Claudio has a wealth of experience in tunneling and is always ready to answer questions and guide participants through problems and I am glad I joined the class when I did.

  6. Frieda L.

    Smooth to follow, step by step PLAXIS modelling, lots of practical advice and guidance. My personal highlight is lecturer Cláudio Cabral Dias going out of his way making information available through course materials and individual detailed feedback on each and every question asked. Lots and lots of example model cases. Great course, thank you!

  7. Marko Maraš

    Great experience, filled with practically based lectures and a lot of examples. Would most definately recommed it to every engineering professional!

  8. Chukwuma Okafor

    It is a course with rich content and self-paced exercises. I would recommend the course to those seeking a proper introduction to tunneling and FE analysis.

  9. Angeles Hernandez

    Doing the plaxis course has been a great effort but it is definitely worth it, I have improved my skills to design and analyze tunnels and others conecting structures.
    It has allowed me to delve into both the technical aspects of design and the practicalities. The 3d modules are very complete and can be followed.
    Personally, I want to thank Claudio for his ability to teach, his patience in answering each and every one of the questions raised and the technical quality of the answers, always above expectations.

  10. Ahsan Saif

    The course is very detailed and very helpful for learning both PLAXIS 2D and 3D. Dr. Claudio is an amazing teacher and an expert in the field of tunnelling as well as very well versed in PLAXIS. Dr. Claudio went above and beyond the norm to help us learn through the modules and also give us a lot of information about tunneling as well. Highly recommended and an essential course for anyone who wishes to learn and work with PLAXIS.

  11. Milan Uljarević

    Best course that I can recomand. Real examples and 100% help from mentor related wit nay question (not only from class and course topic).

  12. Viviana Braga

    The best way to remember, learn or keep yourself up to date in the tunnel design space using Plaxis.

  13. Jinwoo Jung

    I enrolled in this course to gain a solid grasp of the basic and advanced features of Plaxis 2D/3D used in design review in my project as a contractor. The instructor, Claudio, with his wealth of practical experience, provided insightful details that proved invaluable in overcoming challenging bottlenecks during the analysis. He generously devoted time to addressing my elaborate and intricate questions, making the learning experience truly enjoyable. I highly recommend this course for geotechnical engineering professionals—it’s a must-attend! Special kudos to Claudio for being an exceptional instructor. ¡Es imprescindible asistir! Un agradecimiento especial a Claudio por ser un instructor excepcional.

  14. Ilkin Abdullayev

    Great course for people who wants to start learning Plaxis. It was very well structured and Claudio was always available for questions.

  15. Alex Makaronas

    Really enjoyed the structure of the course and how it was presented in all modules. It allowed me to follow through every step of the design phase. This course certainly assisted me in the review of the tunnel design packages and segment opening requirements as well as understanding the importance of accurate geotechnical analysis.

  16. Rory Martin

    Very practical/technical course on tunnel modelling in Plaxis.
    Good use of examples and good explanation of which inputs are used and why.
    Right level of detail of the features and model principles in Plaxis without going down rabbit holes.
    Moves along quickly but is not obsessed with burdensome assignments – ie learn the stuff and do the examples if you want to but nobody will be checking – which I think is probably the right approach to professional learning of this kind.
    Instructor Claudio was very diligent in answering very technical, project-specific questions from participants. Above and beyond I would say.

  17. Karim Costa

    This is a really good course for anyone with an interest in tunneling engineering and specifically Plaxis 2D/3D modelling. The modules give a clear picture on how to approach modelling different problems, and each video covers a specific aspect of said problem. Real examples are given, with pros and cons of using different modelling methodologies.

    The instructor Cláudio was readily available to answer all the queries and explained the concepts in a clear manner.

  18. Kostantin Dragović

    This course is definitely the best. I haven’t to much experience with PLAXIS 2D and 3D and modeling tunnels. Claudio is really positive, fully dedicated and experienced mentor. I recommend this course for everyone who is part of some tunneling or geotechnical engineering team.

  19. Jonathan McDonald

    The course offered me a great opportunity to practise using Plaxis. The instructor had great passion in teaching and we had a very interactive environment on the forum.

  20. Dragos Dumitrascuta

    This course has been more than what I expected and I learned new aspects of FEM tunnel modelling which I now use on my ongoing projects. Claudio is a great teacher, very patient, and has provided detailed answers to every question.

  21. Kishor Acharya

    Excellent course for anyone interested in tunnel design and looking to develop/hone their skill in numerical modeling using PLAXIS 2D and 3D. Cláudio with his huge experience and rich know-how makes this course very interesting and complete.

  22. Argeseanu Nicolae Vlad

    Good course.

  23. Ahmed Hasan

    In general, the course was organized in an excellent way.

  24. Vidushi Toshniwal

    Thanks to Claudio for organising this course. It was a very useful course for me. As a first year PhD candidate starting to learn tunnel design, it helped me a lot to understand the theoretical basis and numerical modeling using PLAXIS 2D and 3D, and learnt a lot more about the software. It was very helpful to get answers to our individual problems in modeling during the live webinars. Claudio spent significant time and efforts with us during the webinars to focus on our questions and shared useful resources. Through discussion with other course participants I also got to learn about their projects and challenges. I would really recommend this course.

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