International experts from The World Road Association (PIARC), The International Tunnel Association Committee on Safety in Underground Facilities (ITA-COSUF) and in total over 300 experts from all over the world came together last week in Lyon to discuss road tunnel operations and safety. Among other important topics, leading experts are concerned about lack of research on risk and danger related to new energy carriers in underground facilities and call for actions from authorities and responsible bodies.
Encourage the member nations to take a stronger part in the ITA work, optimize the contribution from the organisation, enhance interaction with industry, sharing through education and training, enhance awareness and improve communication, are the six goals that have been identified to fulfil the International Tunnel Association`s (ITA) mission.
This week, The Norwegian Tunnel Safety Cluster (NTSC) promoted their new initiative, The Norwegian Tunnel Safety Certification. This is a initiative that aims to improve standards for planning, building and operating tunnels, but also improve standards for structural elements and installations including infrastructure, ventilation, lighting, signs, safety equipment, control, monitoring and future Intelligent Transportation Systems.
The Intersec is the World’s leading trade fair for Safety, Security and Fire Protection and the Fire and Rescue section appears to be growing steadily, and remains the fastest growing section at the Intersec 2018. With more than 1300 exhibitors and over 30 000 visitors coming from 129 countries, Intersec is the largest exhibition and the most international trade platform in its industry worldwide.
The STUVA conference had over 1,900 participants registered before the event, and over 200 exhibiting companies at the STUVA Expo. In total, more than 3,500 participants, stand personnel and Expo visitors where present on the STUVA Conference this year. I'm impressed of how well organised the event is, and also the quality of the lectures.
29 - 30 November 2017, Bergen, Norway
The regional tunnel seminar is a cooperation between fire departments and the road authorities in the west coast of Norway, and have a focus on tunnel fires, how to prevent fires and how to minimise the consequences.
On the ITA COSUF technical session, the president of PIARC´s Technical Committee D.5 (Road Tunnel Operations) Marc Tesson, presented briefly the technical reports in the field of tunnel safety. He emphasized that operational topics is the most important prerequisite for constructing a underground structure. The topics large underground structures and interconnected infrastructures, cases studies, fixed fire fighting systems and BIM during refurbishment of road tunnels was explored by different tunnel experts from all over Europe.
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 Road Director General in Norway, Terje Moe Gustavsen, opened the conference by saying "Norway want to be at the forefront internationally and will focus on measures and solutions with special Norwegian/Nordic challenges". This speach opened up a conference with many high quality presentations and a great arena for networking. The Norwegian Tunnel Safety Cluster’s (NTSC) unique approach brings together tunnel operators and owners, policy makers, fire and rescue services with researchers and the tunneling industry to spark innovative solutions to improve tunnel safety, is the message from the organisers at this conference in Stavanger, Norway.
His Royal Highness Crown Prince of Norway opened the World Tunneling Congress 2017 Monday the 12th of June. The theme of the congress was "Surface Challenges – underground solutions". Tunnels bind Norway together and that is all certainly true.