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January 23, 2020

 Road tunnels and technology in an operational perspective
Arild Petter Sovik, Tunntech Global News

Thousands of the world’s foremost experts in road infrastructure, transport and technology met in Abu Dhabi this October for the first ever World Road Congress to be held in the Middle East. Organized by the World Road Association (PIARC) and the Abu Dhabi Department of Transport (DoT), the major event attract more than 5,000 delegates from 120 countries and with at least 40 government ministers.

The World Tunneling Congress 2019 opened officially on Monday May 6th, with the Opening Ceremony, but thematic courses and international teams started to work May 3rd.

In March the Italian delegation invited to an Italian PIARC conference, discussing Temporary alternative measures for tunnel safety.

Society is built on standards, and standards promote innovation! When everyone in the industry uses the same starting point - a common standard - then good practice can be implemented more easily, which in turn makes it easier to build our society in a safe, sustainable and profitable way. 

20 - 23 February 2018, Gdansk, Poland.                          

Providing a safe and sustainable winter road service and a focus on new challenges and experience gained in winter road and motorway maintenance is the topics for this winter congress. Representatives of various levels of government administration, associations and road agencies, European and World experts, as well as academics and equipment manufacturers have an opportunity to develop common standards, based on varied experiences and many years of practices, and enter into close bi- and multilateral cooperation. 

12 - 14 June 2018, Graz, Austria.                          

This international symposium offers the possibility to exchange knowledge and to gain deeper insight into the newest developments in the fields of ventilation, risk analysis, system tests for the commissioning of road and railway tunnels, operational experience of road und railway tunnels and refurbishment and upgrading of tunnels under operation. 

13 - 15 June 2018, Luzern, Switzerland.                          


The Fehmarnbelt tunnel is set to become the world’s longest combined car and rail tunnel. There is still approvals missing before the project is finally approved by all authorities. The German government approval of the Fehmarnbelt link is expected by mid 2018 according to the Danish Ministry of Transport, Building and Housing. 

Photo: Arild P. Sovik (illustration)

The point cloud created by the laser scan is mainly used to evaluate the conditions of the pavement but can also be used to gather data from the side area and the tunnel walls. The report from such a scanning gives the necessary data for analysis and give the tunnel operator a chance to follow up the development of the road surface, the rock conditions and the construction, from one year to another. 

BIM helps you to anticipate issues, assess information, and act more confidently at each stage of your tunnel design project. Minimize rework and improve predictability for design and construction of complex structures as tunnels. If you can add scheduling data to your information model and to the different components, generating accurate programme information and enabling step-by-step visuals of the project’s development. This process is known as 4D BIM.

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