A large part of ITA COSUF thinking and outputs relies on its four activity groups.
Activity group 1: Interaction with European and international activities
Identifying relevant initiatives outside COSUF and liaise to attract COSUF members from the initiatives
|1||Identifying relevant initiatives outside COSUF and liaise to attract COSUF members from the initiatives;||
A dynamic list of potential initiatives (events) and potential COSUF representatives in these initiatives (like PIARC) and a proposal if and how to liaise. There is overlap in the scope of AG1 and AG3: AG1 should primarily focus on conferences rather than research activities which are the focus area of AG3.
ITACUS and ITAtech may open up new fields of ac-tivities for ITA COSUF AG 1.
b) Be pro-active in manners like:
Exchange AG minutes
A Communication Strategy consisting of among others:
COSUF review reports on research reports
|2||Initiating actions to ensure that safety and security is given proper priority in initiatives concerning underground facilities;|
|3||Coordinating that actions are taken to influence initiatives to include safety and security aspects in line with the ideas of COSUF;|
|4||Coordinating the internal information exchange between the Activity Groups about the results and findings of activities out-side COSUF;|
|5||Organising the external communication to relevant external groups and initiatives about the ideas and results of COSUF;|
|6||Coordinating the dissemination of COSUF views into projects either as part of existing initiatives or as new separate projects.|
Activity group 2: Regulations and best practice
AG 2 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. The findings can result in recommended best practice, guidelines or proposals for new regulations. The potential activities cover all safety related aspects such as (but not limited to):
Particular attention is given to aspects where an exchange of ideas and an international harmonisation of approaches are beneficial for the tunnelling community.
The ambition of this Activity Group is to be a global forum for tunnel safety. The Activity Group shall be the place to go to for unambiguous or unresolved practices. The Activity Group shall form an initiative part of the tunnel community and shall have a review role in new and published national and international regulations on tunnel safety and security.
Activities and Outputs
The activities in AG2 consist of:
Outputs will be:
Activity Group 3: Research and new findings
The aim of AG 3 is to 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.
AG 3 meets twice a year for working on its objectives.
While the aforementioned research activities are facilitated within ITA COSUF in general and AG3 in special, the actual launch of new research projects is initiated outside the COSUF frame. COSUF and the AG aims for and is capable of facilitating and steering such research projects.
AG 3 is working through various channels. The most important internal ones are AG meetings and working groups. External activities include organising workshops and seminars together with ITA COSUF. Additionally, newsletters and the website are provided for distributing the latest information.
Areas covered by AG 3 include the following topics in the scope of underground safety:
The main ambition of AG 3 is to build and maintain a solid network of underground safety stakeholders for working on innovation and R&D. AG 3 helps to distribute the present knowledge and to identify future challenges of operational safety of underground facilities.
Activity Group 4: Road Tunnel Safety Officers
Activity Group 4 of COSUF aims to be the Platform for European Tunnel Safety Officers for exchange of experiences through its bi-annual Forum and Development of best practices.
At November 4 to 5, 2009 in Lyon, ITA COSUF organized the 1st European Forum of Road Tunnel Safety Officers, an event which was co-organized by CETU, ITA COSUF, PIARC and European Commission. More than 45 Safety Officers from 18 member states participated to exchange information, evaluate first operational experiences and compare role and duty interpretation of the Safety Officer. After this first event ITA COSUF AG4 Tunnel Safety Officers (TSO) activity group. By doing so, the ITA-COSUF acknowledges that most of the functions and tasks assigned to the Safety Officer by the EU Tunnel Directive can only be achieved by a qualitative approach, making exchanges between Safety Officers of paramount importance. The following events were:
Each Forum was organised in cooperation with the EU committee on Road Safety and PIARC.