A new way of building tunnels

Abstract

Our vision is to spearhead the research on infrastructure which allows the (Hyper)loop concept to become reality. To accomplish this goal, we want to build the fastest and most precise tunneling robot in the world.

Description

Seeing how far Hyperloop concepts have been developed, Elon Musk’s vision of high speed transportation through (Hyper)loop tunnels reached another level. In 2020, Elon Musk’s Boring Company announced that they will organize its first “Not-A-Boring-Competition” in summer 2021, aiming to bring together the best university teams to compete in building the fastest tunnel boring robot in the world and beating the snail. To feasibly build a network of tunnels, one must first rapidly innovate to increase tunneling speed and reduce costs by a factor of 10 or more. The major disadvantage of today’s TBMs are the upfront costs. They are expensive to construct and can be difficult to transport.

Our vision is to make tunneling faster, more sustainable, more efficient, and to spearhead the research on infrastructure which allows the (Hyper)loop concept to become reality. We are the new student team of ETH Zürich to compete in Elon Musk’s Not-A-Boring-Competition. The team was founded in 2020 and brings together over 40 students with expertise in mechanical- and electrical engineering as well as various business-related fields. Our team draws on the experience of the SpaceX Hyperloop Competition and consists of former members of the Swissloop Team of 2018/19, which ranked second place and received the Innovation Award.