Objectives

Exchange knowledge

Develop and maintain a network to exchange knowledge

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Facilitate cooperation

Develop and maintain a network to facilitate cooperation worldwide

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Team work & research

Develop and maintain a network to facilitate the creation of dedicated teams and groups to perform specific (research or other) activities

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Funding and promoting support

Develop and maintain a network to enhance research and development activities through combining of national, European and international funding and support

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Fostering innovation

Promote safety and security by fostering innovation

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Raising awareness

Promote safety and security by raising awareness of current and newly-developed safety and security issues amongst decision makers, professional end-users, financers, risk managers, international forums and other stakeholders

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Supporting development

Promote safety and security by supporting the development of improved regulations and standards regarding safety and security of underground facilities in operation

Activity group 1

INTERACTION WITH EUROPEAN & INTERNATIONAL ACTIVITIES. Keeps contact with other external institutions, groups and projects in order to receive relevant information, to cooperate and give information about activities.

Activity Group 2

REGULATIONS & BEST PRACTICE. Covers regulations, the state-of-the-art and best-practices internationally. This includes discussion and comparison of regulations, norms, standards and best-practice procedures from different owners, networks, projects and the experience gained by them.

Activity Group 3

RESEARCH & NEW FINDINGS. Provide a platform for the exchange of knowledge in the scope of underground safety and security by bringing together the key stakeholders from academia, authorities and industry. Topics include the discussion on the research results, new findings, innovations and potential new research topics.

Activity Group 4

ROAD TUNNEL SAFETY OFFICERS. Aims to be the Platform for European tunnel safety Officers for Exchange of experiences through its biannual Forum and Development of best practices.

Workshop in Hamburg, Oct. 2015

The workshop, meetings of Activity Groups and the Steering Board were organised by the Landesbetrieb Straßen, Brücken und Gewässer Hamburg (LSBG, State Agency of Roads, Bridges and Water Hamburg) and ITA COSUF. The first day was reserved for internal meetings of the ITA COSUF Steering Board and the four Activity Groups. The second day was well-filled with technical presentations, site visits to the Elbe Tunnel with Control Room and Tunnel Tube and as well the Operating Centre Hochbahn (metro and public transport operator of Hamburg).

At Traffic Control Center in Elbe tunnel, we learned more about safety management and safety equipment.

Many of us visited also the old Elbe tunnel. A over 100 year old subsea(river) tunnel with elevators for cars, pedestrians and bicycles.

 

Photo: Arild Petter Sovik, Norwegian Public Roads Administration

 

Article: Tunnel ventilation demonstration in Hamburg (video)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What is ITA COSUF?

ITA COSUF is the Centre of Excellence for world-wide exchange of information and know-how regarding safety and security of underground facilities in operation.

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Scope

ITA COSUF can play an important role in the underground safety community as it covers all underground facilities and is not focusing on a particular type: it can deal with overlaps and differences (cross-fertilization) and draw general views/lessons.

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Membership

PIARC is dedicated to public bodies, UIC to railway organisations, UITP mainly to transport authorities and operators, while ITA COSUF is open to all kinds of members (authorities, consultants, research, industry, contractors, safety officers, etc.): it can gather a variety of views.

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The platform for communication

IITA COSUF is the platform for communication on operational safety and security in underground facilities, i.e. the network to make all players meet, exchange their views and share their experience.

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