The Diggeridoos team is developing a revolutionary way of reinventing travel infrastructure through the design, analysis, and manufacturing of an innovative micro tunneling machine. Tunneling machines have hit a stagnation point in their development over the years, but The Diggeridoos have set a goal to revitalize innovation in the industry by making micro tunneling faster, cheaper, and more efficient.
The Diggeridoos was founded in September of 2020 following the announcement of The Boring Company’s Not-a Boring Competition. Shortly after that a team was formed and the design of a small scale tunnel boring machine (TBM) was started. The team developed a conceptual design which progressed to a preliminary design and then a detailed final design. Out of nearly 400 applicants, the team’s concept was chosen as 1 of 12 teams to compete in the 2021 competition. With a budget of under $50,000, the Diggeridoos were able to bring their machine design to life and compete against some of the most advanced engineering teams in the world. In September 13th, 2021, the Diggeridoos were awarded the 'Fastest Launch' design in the world by The Boring Company.
The Virginia Tech College of Engineering is widely regarded as one of the most prestigious engineering programs in the world. Particularly, the University’s Mining and Minerals Engineering School is often regarded as one of the best. The team is built on an open vetting process in which anyone who is interested is able to join. Members hit the ground running and are given responsibility as soon as they join the team. Most who join possess a passion for engineering and innovation. Through this method of open recruitment we are able to have a wide range of skill sets and talent and do not limit the teams capabilities based on who joins. It also allows for our passionate and talented engineering students to have the opportunity to express their talents and interests in a unique manner compared to other engineering design teams.