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Please log into the webinar 15 – 30 minutes before start time.

Friday, October 15, 2021
1:30 – 6:00 pm CDT (incl. two 15-min breaks)


Presented by
Avinash Prasad

• Preference of selection of tunnel over bridges, etc.
• Illustration of different tunnel sections
• History of US highway and railroad tunnels
• Comparison of infrastructure life: underground vs. above-ground
• What are the main problems of existing tunnel structures
in the United States and abroad?
• Illustration of tunnel pictures under different conditions and discussion
• Why is water leakage the main problem for underground tunnels?
• How to mitigate the water leakage problem for underground tunnels
• Basic types of highway and railroad tunnel construction in common use
• Cut and cover: bottom up and top down methods
• Basic concept of life cycle cost analysis


 Webinar Instructions

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Certificates of completion will be provided for each webinar attended and will be sent via email in PDF form about five business days after the conclusion of the series.

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Professional Engineers:
4.0 PDHs

4.0 HSW CE Hours

AIA:    (AIA credits only available for attending live Webinar)
4.0 LU|HSW


Continuing Education Credit Information

Suspension Bridges and Tunnels for Railroads and Highways
Each webinar offers 4.0 PDHs to professional engineers and 4.0 HSW continuing
education hours to architects licensed in all states.

HalfMoon Education is an approved continuing education sponsor for
engineers in Florida (Provider No. 0004647), Indiana (License No. CE21700059),
Maryland, New Jersey (Approval No. 24GP00000700), and North Carolina
(S-0130). HalfMoon Education is deemed an approved continuing education
sponsor for New York engineers and architects via its registration with the
American Institute of Architects Continuing Education System (Regulations of
the Commissioner §68.14(i)(2) and §69.6(i)(2)). Other states do not preapprove
continuing education providers or courses.

The American Institute of Architects Continuing Education System has approved
each webinar for 4.0 LU|HSW (Sponsor No. J885). Only full participation is
reportable to the AIA/CES.

Completion certificates will be awarded to participants who complete this event,
respond to all prompts, and earn a passing score (80%) on the quiz that follows
the presentation (multiple attempts allowed).


Avinash Prasad

Mr. Avinash Prasad has more than 30 years of professional experience in the civil engineering, land surveying, and management fields. He has been a registered land surveyor in the states of New York and Connecticut since 2017 and 2004, respectively. Also, he is a registered professional engineer in five states NJ, NY, CT, MA, RI.  Mr. Prasad is a doctor of philosophy candidate at New York University. His ongoing doctorate degree at NYU major is Construction Management and minors are Structural Engineering and Technology Management. Mr. Prasad has double masters of science degrees in Civil Engineering and Engineering Management from New Jersey Institute of Technology and a BS degree in Civil Engineering. He is a New Jersey state-certified emergency medical technician (EMT), emergency medical responder (EMR) and fire fighter (FF). Mr. Prasad is a Fellow of American Society of Civil Engineers, and he is an active member of several professional organizations such as AREMA, PMI, AISC, NYSAPLS, IPWE, IRT, and IIBE. His research papers have been accepted and published by several technical magazines including Railway Track and Structures. Mr. Prasad’s technical papers were accepted in AREMA and ASCE conference proceedings for presentations and or publications multiple times. Mr. Prasad is a professional speaker and is providing professional development hours for professional engineers and land surveyors for more than a decade.

AIA Info

AIA Provider Statement:

HalfMoon Education Inc. is a registered provider of AIA-approved continuing education under Provider Number J885. All registered AIA/CES Providers must comply with the AIA Standards for Continuing Education Programs. Any questions or concerns about this provider of learning program may be sent to AIA/CES ( or (800) AIA 3837, Option 3).

This learning program is registered with AIA/CES for continuing professional education. As such, it does not include content that may be deemed or construed to be an approval or endorsement by the AIA of any material of construction or any method or manner of handling, using, distributing, or dealing in any material or product.

AIA continuing education credit has been reviewed and approved by AIA/CES. Learners must complete the entire learning program to receive continuing education credit. AIA continuing education Learning Units earned upon completion of this course will be reported to AIA/CES for AIA members. Certificates of Completion for both AIA members and non-AIA members are available upon request.

Course Title: Basic Tunnel Design and Cost Analysis

Delivery Method: Live Online

Course Description: This course explores basic tunnel design concepts and associated costs.

Learning Objectives:

Learning Objective 1:
Learners will be able to compare different types of tunnel sections used in railway and highway systems.

Learning Objective 2:
Learners will be able to compare the service life and lifecycle cost of tunnels versus above-ground infrastructure, stretching infrastructure budgets to maximize safety and serviceability.

Learning Objective 3:
Learners will be able to describe the problems caused by water leakage in railway and highway tunnels, and will learn techniques for mitigating water damage.

Learning Objective 4:
Learners will be able to describe different methods of tunnel construction, to enable accurate cost and function comparisons with above-ground infrastructure.

LUs: 4.0                                                                                              LU Type: LU|HSWs.

Prerequisites: Familiarity with basic construction project management

Advance Preparation: None

Program Level: Intermediate

Course Expiration Date: 08/11/2024

Complaint Resolution Policy:

Complaints regarding this course can be emailed to or by calling (715) 835-5900. A HalfMoon Education representative will respond within 72 hours to resolve the complaint, which will include, but not limited to, access to another CE activity at no or reduced cost or a full or partial refund. Each instance will be resolved on a case-by-case situation.