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    During the course of our project, we have already achieved major breakthroughs. Our milestones have been featured in various press articles.

    Smōl TBM

    2019–2020

    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”.

    Not-a-Boring Competition Announced

    July 2020

    As soon as the Not-a-Boring Competition was announced, we were immediately determined to participate.

    Finished Smōl TBM & First Breakthrough

    Early October 2020

    We finished our Smōl TBM and successfully dug our first tunnel. This was one of our major milestones!

    Expansion of Our Team

    Mid-October 2020

    After an intensive recruiting process, 50 highly motivated students joined our team.

    Our Team

    Preliminary Design Briefings

    November 2020

    Our preliminary design, in which we outlined our technical concept, was reviewed favorably by The Boring Company. We have entered the Final Design Briefings!

    Final Design Briefings

    January 2021

    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.

    Final Design Was Accepted

    February 2021

    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. 

    Competition Finals in California

    Summer 2021

    The competition finals will be held in summer 2021 near Los Angeles.

    Long-Term Vision

    Future

    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.