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The ITA COSUF TSO6 Webinar on Best Practise and Experience in Emergency Response in Road Tunnels (12 May 2021) organised by ITA COSUF and the Dutch Knowledge Centre for Tunnel Safety KPT supported by the Dutch Knowledge Centre for Underground Construction and Inderground Space (COB) was visited by 92 attendees mainly from Europe and few from Australia. 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 30th and July 1th 2022 in Bruxelles. After a brief introduction by KPT Chairman Ben van den Horn and ITA COSUF Chairman Max Wietek the main programme started with a presentation by Santiago Vilariño Paez (Sener) about an Overview of training and exercises of emergency services for the M30 tunnels in the city of Madrid. 

The safety organization of this large scale underground tunnel system is a big challenge and training and education of many individuals is of paramount importance for safe operation. A second presentation about Lesson’s learned from recent real fires in the Blackwell Tunnel was provided by Laurie Kenny. 

 

It appeared that the systems worked well and that it is valuable to continue public awareness activities to give road users insight in what to do and what not to do during a fire. Finally, John Aldridge (Chairman Organizing Committee TSO6) presented some updates about the organisation of theTunnel Safety Officers Forum 6 (June 30th & July 1st 2022) in Brussels. At the closure it was concluded that there was plenty to reflect upon and the hope was expressed to meet physically again in Brussels for TSO6, which is open for Tunnel Managers, Tunnel Safety Officers and all COSUF members.  

The presentations can be downloaded here:

Introduction ITA COSUF - Max Wietek (Chairman ITA COSUF)

Overview of training and exercises of emergency services for the M30 tunnels in the   city of Madrid, Santiago Vilariño Paez, Tunnel Safety Officer, SENER

Lesson’s learned from recent real fires in the Blackwell Tunnel, Laurie Kenny,Tunnel Safety Officer, Transport for London

Updates about live event Tunnel Safety Officers Forum (June 30th & July 1st 2022) in   Brussels, John Aldridge (Chairman Organizing Committee TSO6)

 

 

 

The 11th International Conference on Tunnel Safety and Ventilation will take place on May 9-10 2022, followed by a technical visit on May 11th 2022. It is organised by Graz University of Technology. Many abstracts have already been submitted. The deadline for the Call for Papers has been extended to February 28th at latest. We hope to see you in Graz in May!

 

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On June 30th & July 1st 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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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 30th & July 1st 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

On the 20-21 October 2021, an international meeting was held for the second time on new energy carriers for road transport, such as battery electric vehicles, vehicles propulsed by natural gas and hydrogen, and the negative consequences these new energy carriers can have for underground infrastructure. Due to the covid-19 pandemic, the conference was completely digital. Like the first congress in February 2019, it was organized by PIARC, ITA-COSUF and KPT. The various presentations show that knowledge about the risks of the new energy carriers has increased significantly in the past two years and that various solutions have been identified to manage these risks

 

The presentations (Day 1 and Day 2) and a full report can be downloaded here.

Full report of the workshop

Day 1 

Presentation Felix Haberl

Presentation Dmitry Molkov

Presentation Max Lakkonen

Presentation Patrik Fößleitner

Presentation Haukur Ingason

 

Day 2

Presentation Remi Berger

Presentation Christoph Willmann

Presentation Ola Willstrand

Presentation Holger Heinfellner

Presentation Frank Leismann

Presentation Oliver Heger 

 

The ITA COSUF Webinar on Tunnel Safety (29 April 2021) organised by Activity Group 4 (Tunnels Safety Officers) in collaboration with the Dutch Knowledge Centre for Underground Construction and Inderground Space (COB) was visited by over 200 attendees from all over the world. After a special word of introduction by ITA COSUF Chairman Max Wietek the main programme started by a visionary talk of TSO Andre Stein on tunnels in the 21th century with all future changes in mobility. Andre expressed his view on the self-rescue concept of future road tunnels in an age of disruption. Then the new Köhlbrand crossing in Hamburg was covered in a presentation by Olaf Thiemann (Hamburg Port Authority) and Frank Embert Kreiser with a bicycle tunnel as a special topic. And last but not least the COB paper on cyber security was presented by Jasper Kimstra and Johannes Braams of COB. They went into the details when the paper will be useful during the lifecycle of a tunnel. After the webinar the 22nd meeting of the ITA-COSUF Activity Group 4 was held.

The presentations can be downloaded here.

ITA COSUF Max Wietek: Special word of introduction.

1. Andre Stein: Tunnels in the 21th century – the next level.

2. Olaf Thiemann en Frank Ember Kreiser: The new Köhlbrand crossing, a new tunnel for Hamburg!

Fire test bicycle in tunnelDelft 1/2021

3. Jasper Kimstra and Johannes Braams: Tunnels and Cyber Security

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In 2019 - 2020 ITA COSUF has developed a vision based on discussions, both in public and internal workshops in order to carefully consider the latest and future developments of modern means of transportation from the underground infrastructure perspective. The vision development was backed up with a cooperation between ITA COSUF and PIARC, formally governed by a Memorandum of Understanding between the two organisations that was signed in 2005. ITA COSUF kindly asks the EC Directorates General in charge of the European Union Framework Programme for Research and Innovation 2021 – 2027 (Horizon Europe) to consider ITA COSUF’s view for more detailed topics to be developed in the coming Work Programmes. This document contains ITA COSUF’s vision on New Operational Road Tunnel Safety Issues in a Low Carbon Economy and Smart Mobility Environment. It was prepared by Ben van den Horn, Roland Leucker, Eric Premat, Götz Vollmann and Max Wietek and approved by the Steering Board.

See the promo of the vision paper

 

Download the Vision Paper

 

Click here to learn about the very first ITA-COSUF webinar broadcast on tunnel safety. With three interesting topics and speakers, we think this is a unique opportunity to keep up on tunnel safety related items.  Hope to see you on 29 April 2021.

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