The topic was new threats like terrorist acts in tunnels and cyber-attacks to control systems, and how these can severely influence the public life. Within this workshop on "New Security Challenges for Design and Operation", ITA-COSUF investigated how these risks can be mitigated already in the design process.
Security aspects in the design and operation of underground facilities have become increasing important in recent years. Most underground facilities are directly linked to public transport or to critical goods transportation networks. As their importance for the society makes them potential for new security threats, there is a need of new knowledge by designers and operators how these threats should be assessed and mitigated.
The ITA-COSUF workshop aimed to identify some critical aspects how new security challenges could be taken account when designing or operating underground facilities. The presentations was given by internationally leading experts and the workshop was divided in two parts, “Case studies” and “Hazard identification”. The case studies included presentations about how different threats for the underground facilities can be identified and what is the impact of human factors in case of disaster and terror. The hazard identification part tackled topics like assessing the impact of hazardous goods in tunnels and what is the impact of explosions to the tunnel structure. The importance of cyber security of tunnel control centres was also presented.
A technical site visit to the new Traffic Control Centre in Bergen was organised for the ITA-COSUF members. The recently opened control center includes the latest control technology and operates more than 260 road tunnels on the west coast of Norway.
The day before the workshop the activity groups in the committee had their meetings at the Norwegian Public Roads Administration´s office in Bergen. In the evening the members was invited on a boat trip and dinner on a island outside of Bergen. This gave the members a good opportunity to connect and network with other members of the committee.