During the course of our project, we have already achieved major breakthroughs. Our milestones have been featured in various press articles.
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
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
After an intensive recruiting process, 50 highly motivated students joined our team.
Preliminary Design Briefings
Our preliminary design, in which we outlined our technical concept, was reviewed favorably by The Boring Company. We have entered the Final Design Briefings!
Non-Profit Status Achieved
Since November 1st, we are officially registered as a non-profit organisation in Germany.
Final Design Briefings
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
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 the U.S.
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.