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DFI Tunneling and Underground Committee Announces Technical Groups

DFI’s recently established Tunneling and Underground Committee has formed eight Technical Groups to address specific areas of interest associated with the tunnel industry. “The goal of each Technical Group is to have a team of individuals who work together to improve the industry through collaboration and the sharing of information,” says David R. Klug, committee co-chair, and president of David R. Klug & Associates, Inc. “There is no limit on the number of people who can be in a Technical Group and DFI members can be in more than one group if they have multiple interests. We encourage everyone with an interest in the tunneling industry to join the DFI Tunneling and Underground Committee and become a member of a Technical Group.”

The Tunneling and Underground Committee will provide a professional forum to identify current industry needs and facilitate the advancement of new methods and technologies for design, construction, inspection, maintenance and operation of tunnels and underground systems. The committee will foster technology transfer among owners, designers, contractors, material and equipment suppliers, as well as researchers/academics and other global tunneling associations involved in the use and construction of tunnels and underground structures.

Following is a list of the DFI Tunneling and Underground Committee Executives, Advisory Board members and the chairs and co-chairs of the Technical Groups who will identify and guide the committee efforts:

DFI Tunneling and Underground Committee – Executives

Co-Chair David R. Klug, President, David R. Klug & Associates, Inc.

Co-Chair James Morrison, Vice President, COWI North America

Trustee Liaison Conrad Felice, President, C.W. Felice, LLC

Technical Director Brian Fulcher, Principal & Tunnel Practice Leader, McMillen Jacobs Associates


DFI Tunneling and Underground Committee – Advisory Group

Colin Lawrence, P.E., Vice President, Mott MacDonald Engineers

Frank Arland, P.E., Partner, Mueser Rutledge Consulting Engineers

Les Bradshaw, President/Owner, Bradshaw Construction Corp.

Rick Lovat, P.Eng., President and Owner, Lovat Tunneling Solutions

Matt Swinton, Senior Vice President – Underground District, Kiewit Infrastructure Co.

Sanja Zlatanic, P.E., Chairman – National Tunnel Practice, HNTB

Steve Minassian, P.E., Senior Vice President, Parsons


DFI Tunneling and Underground Committee- Technical Groups


Mechanical Tunneling Group

Co-Chair Shane Yanagisawa, Project Director, Lane Healy JV

Co-Chair Richard McLane, Chief Mechanical Engineer, Traylor Bros. Inc.

Conventional Tunneling Group

Chair Robert Stier, Area Manager, Drill Tech Inc.

Precast Tunnel Linings Group

Chair Verya Nasri, Vice President and Global Tunnel Lead, AECOM

Support of Excavation in Tunnel Construction Group

Co-Chair Frank Arland, Partner, Mueser Rutledge Consulting Engineers

Co-Chair Jan Cermak, Associate Partner, Mueser Rutledge Consulting Engineers

 Tunnel Waterproofing Group

Chair Stefan Lemke, Deputy CEO, Renesco/Marti

 Shotcrete in Tunnels Group

Chair Paul Madsen, Project Manager, Kiewit Infrastructure Co.

 Tunnel Construction Safety Group

Chair Gerry Anderson, Project Environmental & Safety Manager, Kiewit Infrastructure Co.

 Tunnel Industry Outreach, Training and Education Group

Chair Amanda Elioff, Vice President & National Practice Lead Tunnels, WSP Americas

Learn more about the Tunneling and Underground Committee and DFI membership at www.dfi.org.

Contact: Mary Ellen Bruce Large, P.E., D.GE, DFI Director of Technical Activities at (724) 942-4220, melarge@dfi.org for more information.