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May 21, 2019


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

Arild Petter Sovik

Arild Petter Sovik

Editor, Tunntech Global News

E-mail:  arild.sovik@tunntech.no
Phone:  +47 950 88 793

 

News coverage based on many years of experience from key positions in the industry. Former National Tunnel Manager at the road authorities (NO), senior principal development manager at a major tunnel contractor company (NO) and experience from a wide number of activities in national and international networks. 

 

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.

The Ryfylket tunnel will be completed in 2019 and will provide connection between small communities and the large city municipality of Stavanger, Norway. A large population travel daily by ferry, and will in the future travel through this 50 km long tunnel project, consisting of three main tunnels. 

The official program is distinctive in the way it highlights the many connections between the world of tunnelling and the disciplines that until now have been considered unrelated to the field. A special Triple-A sessions - Archaeology, Architecture and Art are examples of such topic, and is followed up with a special visit to see the Tunnel Borbonico, the ancient underground tunnel commissioned in 1853 and just recently restored.

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. 

This conference focused on tunnels as a vital links in any transportation network. Short periods of closure for maintenance or repairs always generate nuisance. Long periods of closure for renovations will logically lead to severe congestions. For too long, the tunnel community has accepted this nuisance and chaos as a natural side effect of tunnel operations. Should we accept this?  

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.  

21 February 2019, Utrecht, Netherland                         

The world is facing a huge energy challenge. Fossil fuels are 'out-dated‘ and sustainable alternatives are the unquestionable future. This will be the topic of the ITA-COSUF workshop on New Energy Carrier Vehicles in underground transportation facilities on the 21st of February 2019.

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