Ben van den Horn

Ben van den Horn

The  ITA COSUF Newsletter December 2019 is available with a report on the ITA COSUF Workshop in Innsbruck, news from the Steering Board and planned events in 2020 and other events that are endorsed. So close to the end of this year, the Steering Board members and I would like to take the opportunity to thank you for the support and the co-operation of ITA COSUF in the past twelve months and we wish you good health and a happy and prosperous New Year. The full Newsletter can be downloaded here.

The last months of 2018 have been quite an active period of ITA COSUF. In fall 2018 ITA COSUF has contributed to the PIARC International Conference on Road Tunnel Operations and Safety (3-5 October 2018). On the 2nd of October Activity Group meetings and the General Assembly 2018 took place. Click ITA COSUF News (December 2018) to read all about the interesting work of the ITA COSUF Award Winner 2018 and a preview of the ITA COSUF events scheduled in 2019.




ITA COSUF Workshop in Utrecht. 

New energy carriers (also known as NEC) for road transport, such as battery electric cars, and fuel cell cars, entail new risks for the safety of tunnels and underground parking lots. In order to get an idea of ​​the magnitude of these risks are and how they can be controlled, research is needed, preferably in a European context. That is the most important outcome of the two-day international Workshop on NEC in Road Tunnels that took place in Utrecht on 20 and 21 and was organized by KPT, ITA-COSUF and PIARC.

The first day of the conference consisted of an Expert Meeting on invitation during which the most urgent research needs for the near future were discussed. The second day was a public workshop with several sessions concerning respectively safe operation of tunnels and other underground transport facilities, the perspective of the emergency services, research activities and research, available instruments and future needs. The day ended with a panel discussion.

A long read of the workshop is available and can be downloaded here. The presentations of the workshop can be downloaded here.



The ITACET Foundation and the Argentinian Association of Tunnels and Underground Space (AATES) recently hosted a seminar on 'The Management of User Safety in Underground Railway Facilities' in Buenos Aires on 5th September 2018 within the scope of the 8th “Tunnelling and Underground Space Days”. ITA COSUF members Roland Leucker and Peter Reinke supported to the program with several lectures.

More information can be found on.



The first ITA COSUF Newsletter of 2018 is now available !  You can download the attachment to obtain the latest ITA COSUF Newsletter 28, September 2018.

The first ITA COSUF Newsletter of 2018 is now available !  You can download the attachment to obtain the latest ITA COSUF Newsletter 27, April 2018.

The last ITA COSUF Newsletter of 2017 is now available !  You can download the attachment to obtain the latest ITA COSUF Newsletter 26, December 2017.

ITA COSUF Workshop during AFTES 2017
19 Sep 2017

The contribution of ITA COSUF to AFTES 2017 is:

Technical Session & ITA COSUF Round Table

Designing, Operating and Upgrading Complex Underground Hubs


The round table will enhance discussions between you and other experts about complex underground hubs. Questions may be raised starting from design up to the operational phase including upgrading concerns. The goal is to exchange knowledge between all tunnel professionals: the asset owners, operators, rescue services, engineers, managers and consultants. Good practices, bad practices, needs for improvement and new solutions for these complex underground hubs will be addressed.

Please register for the ITA COSUF Workshop on 14 November 2017 in Paris (France). Download the preliminary programme via the button "Download attachment". In the leaflet there is a Registration Link.

ITA COSUF Honorary Sponsor of ISTSS 2018 in Borås, Sweden 14 – 16 March 2018
07 Sep 2017

ISTSS 2018 endorsed by ITA COSUF

The next International Symposium on Tunnel Safety and Security will be held in Borås, Sweden 14 – 16 March 2018 !

Safety and Security have been high on the scientific agenda for decades, no more so than after the tragic attacks of nine-eleven in New York. The success of the International Symposium on Tunnel Safety and Security (ISTSS) is a tribute to the pressing need for continued international research and dialogue on these issues, perhaps in particular connected to complex infrastructure such as tunnels and tunnel networks.

The focus has mainly been on fires and safety in tunnels, but it is shifting more and more towards security. The new terrorist threats and focus on how to solve these problems is increasing. The need for expertise in this area for underground infrastructure in general is continuously increasing. We urge scientists and practicing engineers in this field to consider ISTSS as good quality forum for presenting their results. The aim is to make ISTSS as a natural forum for scientists and practicing engineers to exchange information in the future.

Who should attend?
Tunnels are an increasingly important part of the infrastructure network. They create challenges for traffic and emergency management, fire safety and security against attacks or sabotage. This Symposium will offer an excellent opportunity for experts working with transport, emergency management, risk analysis, infrastructure security, tunnel consultants, system providers, tunnel operation and research to exchange their experiences in an international forum.

How to attend and more information




ITA COSUF Newsletter 25, July 2017
18 Jul 2017

The latest ITA COSUF Newsletter of 2017 is now available !  You can download the attachment to obtain the latest ITA COSUF Newsletter 25, July 2017.


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