McMillen Jacobs Presents 17 Papers and Celebrates Bill Edgerton at NAT 2022

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Last month, members of the McMillen Jacobs team attended the 2022 North American Tunneling Conference (NAT 2022) held in Philadelphia, PA, June 17−24. The event had over 1,000 registrations and 91 technical sessions were presented.

Congratulations to Bill Edgerton who was awarded the Underground Construction Association, a Division of SME (UCA) Lifetime Achievement Award during the conference awards breakfast.

In addition, congratulations to all our staff who authored, coauthored, and presented papers:

Justin Arifin, Dean Newman, Mark Trim, and Michael Behrens: “Analytical Behavior of a Tunnel with Rock Bolts and Shotcrete During an Extreme Fire Event.”

R. Aliberti (Lane Construction Corp.), Elisa Comis, and W. Wone (DC Water): “Soil Conditioning for Potomac Group Soils in Washington DC.”

Elisa Comis, Yama Ebrahimi (Belstar), and Jeffrey Peterson (DC Water): “The Northeast Boundary Tunnel – A TBM Performance Review.”

Daniel Dobbels, Timothy O’Rourke (Wade Trim), Chris Lynagh (McNally), Frederick Vincent & Karrie Buxton (NEORSD): “Design and Construction of NEORSD’s Doan Valley Storage Tunnel.”

Ashim Gajurel, William Brown (Force Drilling) Thomas Pennington (Brown and Caldwell), and Emily Sing (EBMUD): “Precision Drilling for the Pardee Chemical Feed Shaft Project.”

J. Andrew McGlenn, Greg Emslie, and Murray Gant (Metro Vancouver): “Slurry Wall Construction in Coarse-Grained Soils.”

Lizan Gilbert (Hill International), John Murray, Rob Gould (Atkinson), Daniel Ebin, Gabrielle Ferro (Clark Const.): “Benefits and Challenges of Progressive Design-Build Procurement – Atlanta Plane Train Project.”

Christopher Nelsen, R. Zachary Hollenbeck (Howard County, DPW), Edward Cronin (Brown and Caldwell), Christopher Brooks (McCormick Taylor), and Daniel Dobbels: “Design and Construction Challenges for the Ellicott City North Tunnel.”

Jim Buckley, Rob Cidlik (Atkinson), Ryan Sibley (Missouri S&T), Thomas Pallua, Joe Schrank, and Scott G. Giltner (Dyno Nobel): “Analysis of Near Field Vibration Monitoring in Construction Blasting.”

Ali Keneti (SMEC), Xavier Ryan, Shannon Goff, Gerardo Sanchez, Katerina Howard (Link Alliance, Tonkin + Taylor): “A Case Study Establishing Optimization Techniques and the Procedure for Successful Numerical Simulation of Ground-Structure Interaction.”

Yiming Sun, John Murray, Daniel Ebin, Robert Gould, and Lizan Gilbert (Hill International): “Design and Construction of a Shallow Twin Tube Bifurcation – Atlanta Plane Train West Extension Project.”

Yiming Sun, Jeremy Stone, and John Stolz: “San Diego Courthouse Commons Tunnel: Challenges and Design Solutions.”

Jakob Walter (Bear Engineering), Drew Mason (Atkinson), Yiming Sun, and John Stolz : “Courthouse Commons Tunnel: A Case Study of Modern SEM Tunneling.”

Denis Tepavac, Yiming Sun, Mark Trim, and A. Kumar (JHCPB): “Design and Construction of Large-Scale Ventilation Caverns on WestConnex’s Rozelle Interchange Project.”

Eric Westergren, Jeff Fontana, Daniel Ebin, and William Currier (Atkinson): “Implementing BIM Underground on Progressive Design-Build Atlanta Plane Train West Extension Project.”

Sarah Wilson, John Kaplin, Yana Waldman (SFCTA), and Luis Zurinaga (Zurinaga Assoc): “Commuter Rail Tunnel Alignment Studies for the Pennsylvania Avenue Extension, San Francisco.”

Leigh Anne Zhang, Jeremy Stone, and Maryam Motamed: “Hybrid Shoring Design for the Courthouse Commons Tunnel in San Diego, California: Controlling and Predicting Ground Movements.”


We had a great time at NAT 2022, and look forward to seeing everyone at RETC 2023 in Boston.