Tunnel Business Magazine

FEB 2018

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TUNNELINGONLINE.COM F E A T U R E S T O RY 2 6 A nyone who has spent time working underground is aware of the myriad difficulties lurking that can challenge even the most seasoned of mining and tunneling professionals. Fortu- nately, over the years innovative people and companies have been developing and honing solutions to meet virtually any challenge ture may pose. e that people are aware of the solutions and know how to properly implement them, however, is another problem. In an effort to help keep customers and its own support staff apprised of the latest technical solutions and how to use them, BASF's Underground Construction divi- sion twice a year (spring and fall) hosts workshops at the Hagerbach Test Gallery in Switzerland. The workshops cover the range of underground construction disciplines supported by BASF: Injection, Sprayed Concrete and Waterproofing. "We started hosting these workshops about 15 years ago to help edu- cate our internal people about our two main products – pre-injection and water stopping," said Uwe Wyink, Global Te ction, Underground Construction. "Over the years we started bringing in more and more customers to help them understand the technologies available regarding injection." "The goal of the workshops is to help make our customers better at what they do," said Jim Lindsay, Head of BASF Underground Construction - AFTA Region. "The Hagerbach facility is unique and the setting in the Alps is a great bonus on top of the informational programs." In October, BASF hosted its "Injection Workshop for Underground Con- ollowed the next week by its "Sprayed Concrete Workshop." Workshop attendees come from all aspects of the industry – applicators, engineers, students, mine/tunnel owners and contractors, in addition to BASF representatives. Additionally, attendees come from all over the globe, including Europ t the Injection Workshop in October. "We have the full spectrum of people who work in underground con- struction because there is a need for education for applicators as well as specifiers," Wyink said. "A specifier needs to know what is available to be included in the construction of modern underground facilities." The workshops are a way for people to se od- ucts in person in an actual underground environment at the Hagerbach Test Gallery in eastern Switzerland. Hagerbach is a private research and Providing Education for Underground Construction BASF Workshops Keep Clients Up-to-Date on Modern Technical Solutions The Hagerbach Test Gallery in the Swiss Alps provides a practical and stunning background for the workshops.

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