The ITACET Foundation will celebrate next June the third year of a very successful activity; with the 25 organized events gathering 2500 participants, the Foundation can now be consider as a major partner among the Tunnelling Training Institutions.
To celebrate this anniversary, the Foundation decided to create an Award for granting annually an Institution/Organization/person.. who has contributed significantly to the activities of the Foundation.
This Award will consist of a certificate and a medal; it will be ceremoniously presented and handed over by myself, as President of the Foundation at the opening of the annual ITA World Tunnel Congress. I will outline the reasons for the decision and congratulate the winner who will be invited to say a few words.
The Foundation will also create the Alumni gathering the participants to the events co-organized by the Foundation; it is intended the alumni will be able to promote the activities of the Foundation in the concerned countries.
H.E. Ing. Abdullah Al-Mogbel, ITACET Foundation President
In tunnel construction, we benefit from an attractive future market which is sustained by the megatrends in urbanization, demographic growth and climate protection. These trends generate a consistently high demand for new transport, wastewater and energy supply systems.
The successful economic developments in numerous megacities require appropriate underground infrastructures. The Middle East, for example, has an enormous growth potential and some large-scale projects are being realized there at the present time, a trend that will continue in the future. Just like in Abu Dhabi, where the Strategic Tunnel Enhancement Program - one of the most comprehensive infrastructure projects in the Gulf region - is currently underway. The city is modernizing its wastewater system adapting it to its massively increasing population numbers. Following that, a metro system is to be built. Doha and Riyadh are also investing in the construction of a metro system.
The Foundation is glad to acknowledge new donations from the following companies :
- Herrenknecht GmBh - Germany
- Italconsult Spa - Italy
- Rawafik Altarok Construction Sud Ltd. - Saudi Arabia
The Foundation rely on the generous gifts, grants and contributions to fund a share of its annual budget.
To help us increase the frequencices of our actions and bring advanced formation in tunneling and underground space use to emerging countries and young engineers see our Donors and Benefits page >>
GROUND IMPROVEMENT PRE SUPPORT & REINFORCEMENT
Geneva, Switzerland, 31 May - 01 June 2013
Includes forewords of M. Felix Amberg Chairman of the OC of the WTC 2013, updated program (February 2013) and short presentation of the lecturers.
12.2012 - REGISTRATION ARE OPEN >>
Standard fee: CHF 360.– | Reduced fee for students: CHF 180.–
The foundation together with STS Swiss Tunnelling Society will organize its traditional Pre WTC training session on "Ground Improvement, Pre-Support and Reinforcement"
The objective of the course is to present the state of the art of design and construction of auxiliary measures such as grouting, artificial ground freezing or forepoling.
The course will highlight the theoretical and practical aspects of the wide catalogue of auxiliary measures.
Beside the theoretical aspects of the adequate design also the basic principles of the execution (installation, handling and materials) and several interesting case studies from all over the world will be presented.
Speakers from Austria, France, Germany, Italy, Norway, Portugal, United Kingdom, United States South Korea and Switzerland are invited.
Includes forewords of H.E Eng. Abdullah Al-Mogbel Mayor of Riyadh, program and short presentation of the lecturers.
This course aims to present the general concepts of design and construction of underground structures, especially in karstic rock mass.
All topics delivered will focus first on tunnelling aspects and then, the peculiarities related to tunnels in karstic zones will be highlighted.
For the Limestone karst aspect of the subject addressed, the lecturers will concentrate on site investigation prior and during construction, and special care in design and construction.
Main Topics of the training session:
- - GENERAL TUNNELLING
- - CASE HISTORIES
- - INNOVATIONS - LESSON LEARNED
- - CONVENTIONAL TUNNELLING
- - MECHANIZED TUNNELLING
PRINCIPLES IN TUNNELLING DESIGN
Mexico 2-4 May 2013
The foundation together with AMITOS (La Asociación Mexicana de Ingeniería de Túneles y Obras Subterráneas, A. C wil organize a training session on"Principles in Tunnelling Design".
This course aims to provide general information to young engineers and to update tunnelling professionals on topics related to tunnel design, construction methods in soft and hard grounds, and risk management.
Opatija, Croatia, 14 June 2013 (previously announced in Porec, May 9th 2013)
Information ITA Croatia: www.itacroatia.eu
Underground Space Facilities: Layout, Design and Operational Issues
SINGAPORE IN JULY (date will be announced later)
Seminar Co-organized with NCUS Nanyang university.
Further information about this seminar will be published on www.itacet.org in May 2013.
M. Santosh Kumar Yadav from Nepal was awarded a scholarship of 5000 euro and started this year the Master of Advanced Studies (MAS) on Tunnelling at EPFL Lausanne.
SEMINAR ON MECHANIZED TUNNELLING
Since our last Newsletter of November the Foundation co-organized two events:
Safety in Urban Transport Tunnel,
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia - 03-04 February 2013, 85 Participants.
This event was organized by the Foundation together with the Riyadh Municipality and the participation of PIARC, the World Road Association. To know more about it see our Press release >>
Risk Management during Design and Construction,
Kathmandu, Nepal - 11-12 December 2012, 220 Participants.
This event was organized at the request of the NTA - Nepal Tunnelling Association. To know more about it see our Press release >>
On March 12, at the occasion of the Myanmar Yangun Conference 2013, the Foundation also delegated one of its lecturer, Dr. Harald Wagner, to give two lectures on the topics of "Tunnels for Myanmar Road Development".
Since 2010, the Foundation office is hosted by the EPFL through Prof. Jian Zhao's Laboratory of Rocks Mecanics.
In March, the EPFL formaly confirmed the status of the Foundation at the Ecole Polytechnique Federale of Lausanne by renewing its collaboration contract.