Even before the Not-a-Boring Competition was announced, one of our founders and some members of our initial team started exploring the world of tunneling construction in their own garden with a self-made tunnel boring machine (TBM) called “Smōl TBM”.
As soon as the Not-a-Boring Competition was announced, we were immediately determined to participate.
Our preliminary design, in which we outlined our technical concept, was reviewed favorably by The Boring Company. We have entered the Final Design Briefings!
Since November 1st, we are officially registered as a non-profit organisation in Germany.
After working on it day and night for three months, we completed our Final Design (detailed technical description) and submitted it to The Boring Company.
Most important challenge met: Our final design convinced The Boring Company. Out of 400 participating teams TUM Boring – Innovation in Tunneling is among the twelve contestants that made it to the finals.
In June, we shipped our TBM to our testing site in Germany where we will test every feature of the machine so it is ready for the competition.
The competition finals will be held in summer 2021 in the United States.
We have bold plans for the future. Our finalized tunnel boring machine will be able to dig tunnels in an unprecedentedly quick and safe manner.