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.

The ITA COSUF TSO Webinar on Refurbishments of Road Tunnels (18 November 2021) organised by Activity Group 4 (Tunnels Safety Officers) supported by the Dutch Knowledge Centre for Underground Construction and Inderground Space (COB) was visited by 72 attendees mainly from Europe and few from India and New Sealand. This webinar was ment as a teaser for the bi annual TSO Forum in 2022, where the main topic will be tunnel refurbishment. This TSO6 will be organised on June 9 and 10th 2022 in Bruxelles. After a brief introduction by ITA COSUF Chairman Max Wietek the main programme started with a presentation by Silvester Heijdemann (Rijkswaterstaat) and Harry de Haan (Rijkswaterstaat) of the renovation of the Heinenoordtunnel in the Netherlands. Besides renewals of equipment, a new safety concept with a central escape gallery is created and during construction one tube is in operation most of the time which is a challenge.  A second presentation was provided by Program Director Richard Bormans of Arcadis who is assigned by the Flamish Road Authority to carry out the preparations for the total and integral renovation of the Vierarmentunnel in the Brussels ring road and of the Beverentunnel in the Antwerp ring road. In this assignment BIM models, tunnel safety documentation and renovation files are supplied for both the TERN and non-TERN road tunnels. 

Both presentations showed that to prepare a road tunnel renovation one should not only focus on a safe final situation, but also on the construction phase where part of the tunnel is in operation.

The presentations can be downloaded here.

Refurbishment of Heinenoordtunnel by Silverster Heijdemann and Harry de Haan 

Renovation of Road Tunnels - A Flanders Example by Richard Bormans

 

What is ITA COSUF?

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

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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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Invitation to the 6th TSO Forum 2022 for all COSUF members

On 9 and 10 June 2022 the 6th TSO Forum will take place in Brussels (Belgium). The central theme, tunnel refurbishment, will be highlighted by relevant presentations, workshops and lively discussions. The event will start at Thursday morning and includes an afternoon site visit and a joint dinner in the evening. On Friday morning we continue with lectures and we close the event with a lunch. Of course, there will be plenty of time to meet and greet other TSO’s!

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