Elon Musk’s Boring Company launches tunnelling competition

BY MICHAILA HANCOCK

Tunnelling start-up The Boring Company is challenging teams from across the world to come up with tunnelling solutions and answer the question: “Can you beat the snail?”.

The Boring Company is gauging interest from anyone who has an interest in tunnelling including students, companies and hobbyists, to design, build, and race their own tunnelling solution at The Boring Company’s Dig-a-Factory in the first Not-a-Boring Competition in Spring 2021.

Teams will compete to bore a 30m tunnel with a cross-sectional area of 0.2m² – equivalent to 0.5m diameter.

The categories are: fastest to complete tunnel; fastest to complete tunnel and a driving surface – a Tesla remote controlled car will be driven through the tunnel; and most accurate guidance system – how far away is the tunnel from its target.

Details of the competition are here.

The Boring Company has always said it aims to build tunnel infrastructures, including Loop and Hyperloop, and that it would like to increase tunnelling speed and reduce tunnelling costs.

Last month, the firm proposed a tunnel to connect Ontario International Airport to the Metrolink San Bernardino Line in the state of California, US. In May it completed tunnelling for two 1.5km tunnels underneath the Las Vegas Convention Center (LVCA).

Source: New Civil Engineers

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