INTRODUCING ADVANCED TOPICS IN GEOTECHNICAL ENGINEERING TEACHING – TUNNEL MODELLING
Keywords:Tunnel, Heading, Modelling, Particle Image Velocimetry, Education
This paper demonstrates a strategy to integrate research into teaching at a postgraduate level. It involves the
use of simple small-scale physical models of a tunnel heading, the introduction of particle image velocimetry, an
advanced computing technique used to further visualize the movement of soil, and a numerical model of a tunnel
heading. Based on staff experience and student feedback, it is concluded that this is an effective and satisfying
way to engage students with the subject matter. It is also hoped that discussing and displaying some of these
advanced topics will encourage further student interest in geotechnical engineering research.