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December 12, 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. 

 

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 overall theme of The ITA-COSUF Workshop 14th – 15th November 2019 are safety concepts, technical installations and improvements in tunnel safety in Austria. ITA COSUF is also inviting to a technical visit in the Arlberg tunnel and a closer look to safety concept and technology in this complex road and rail tunnel. 

06 - 10 October 2019, Abu Dhabi, UAE                         

The aim of the Congress is to facilitate exchanges between experts and decision makers from around the world, to discuss the main issues and challenges which are facing the road transport world and to present the results of the work of PIARC over the four preceding years.

Tunnels represents the most challenging part of an road infrastructure when it comes to the complexity of construction, technical infrastructure and technical facilities. But how should the road owner design, build, operate and manage the infrastructure to make sure that vulnerable parts of the road network remain reliable, available at all time, maintenance friendly for the operators and safe for the road users. A new trend defined as "Industry 4.0" is the current development of automation and data exchange in technologies, and can be a benefit for efficient management of construction and technical facilities, but requires efficient use of digital information from the beginning in early design throughout construction and operation. 

The Kvitsøy contract is described as the most technically challenging of the three Rogfast contracts to be announced. There will be a 20.6 km tunnel, 4.5 km of road and five new bridges on Kvitsoy, and in addition two 250 meters ventilation shafts with a diameter of ten meters drilled down to bthe main tunnel under Kvitsoy (illustration: Norconsult/ Statens vegvesen).

October 5th, the world's first and only underwater half-marathon will be held in the new Ryfast tunnel. A 14.3 kilometer long subsea tunnel between Solbakk in Strand and Hundvåg in Stavanger.

A new version of the DG QRAM software (Quantitative Risk Assessment Model for the Transport of Dangerous Goods in Road Tunnels) has just been published. This PIARC software is currently under development and a new update has been released.

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.

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