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January 24, 2020

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

Road tunnels in low and medium income countries

Written by  Oct 19, 2017

The seminar road tunnels in low and medium income countries gathered experts from all over the world, in addition to local contractors, consultants, and public bodys in Africa. The three day event in Cape Town addressed both technical and management issues, and international knowledge and experience was presented by both national and international speakers. The delegates got also the opportunity to visit the Huguenot tunnel in Cape Town, a great case study for discussions about remediation, safety measures and operational issues.

The World Road Association (PIARC)'s Technical Committee D.5 "Road Tunnel Operations" organized this International Seminar on "Road Tunnels in Low and Medium Income Countries" in cooperation with South African National Roads Agency (SANRAL).

The seminar address both technical and management issues broadly based on the following topics:

  • Best international design standards/technology
  • Safety standards for tunnel operations
  • Balancing safety and costs in maintenance
  • Incident detention mechanisms
  • Hazard and dangerous goods in tunnel
  • Cost benefit analysis/studies
  • Optimising operating costs
  • Funding options for low and medium income countries
  • Tunnel construction methods

The seminar was successful says both Mr. Marc Tesson, the president The World Road Association (PIARC)'s Technical Committee D.5 "Road Tunnel Operations" and Mr. J C van der Walt, SANRAL Regional Manager from the South African National Roads Agency. 

In conjunction with the seminar, PIARC's Technical Committee D.5 held its fourth meeting. The PIARC experts works with relevant road tunnel operation topics, and the work and reports will be presented in the World Road Congress in Abu Dhabi in 2019. 

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Last modified on Monday, 11 December 2017 11:24
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. 


Website: www.sovikconsulting.no
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