It is the aim of The Boring Company to build the tunnel infrastructure necessary to enable safe, comfortable, and fast transportation, containing Loop and Hyperloop. To possibly construct a large network of tunnels, one must first quickly innovate to raise tunneling speed and decrease tunneling costs.
Regarding this issue, The Boring Company is hosting a competition for tunnel construction. This competition challenges teams to come up with tunneling solutions and answer the question, “Can you beat the snail?” The Boring Company is determining interest from everyone (hobbyists, students, companies, etc.) around the world to build, design, and race their own tunneling solution at The Boring Company’s Dig-a-Factory in the first Not-a-Boring Competition in spring 2021.
The competition between the teams is to bore a 30-meter tunnel with a cross-sectional area of 0.2 square meters (equivalent to a circle with a 0.5-meter diameter). Winning categories will comprise:
- Fastest to complete tunnel
- Fastest to complete tunnel and a driving surface (a Tesla remote controlled car will be driven through the tunnel)
- Most accurate guidance system – how far away is the tunnel from its target?
Interested parties can register on the website.
The Boring Company’s first courage is building a new people mover at the Las Vegas Convention Center. The company has expressed interest in constructing vehicular tunnels plus hyperloop systems across the country containing Los Angeles, Washington, D.C., and Chicago. In addition, it completed a one-mile test tunnel at its Hawthorne, California, facility.
Source: Tunnel Business Magazine