As Chairman of the International Road Federation (IRF) and of the ITACET Foundation, I am very pleased to inform you about the new development of the relationship between the ITACET Foundation and the IReF, The IRF Foundation for the Education.
The Representatives of the two organizations met recently in Paris; both organizations already trained young professionals of many countries, especially the countries under development ; they decided to prepare a memorandum of understanding for complementing their actions in organizing joint training actions in the field of Road Tunnelling.
They both agreed on the importance of paying particular attention to the training of trainers, which is a very efficient tool to widely spread knowledge.
Eng. Abdullah A. Al-Mogbel
President of ITACET Foundation
South-East Europe (SEE) represents the part of the Europe with the huge potential of underground space use. Therefore the decision to organize WTC2015 in Dubrovnik, Croatia will have a long-lasting results in promotion of methods and ideas how to apply modern tunneling technologies in local geological conditions.
Starting ITA-CET Training Courses are therefore following two basic geological formations that we are finding in the wider SEE region: soft ground in Pannonian valley and karstic conditions in limestone formation along the coast.
The intention is to show world-wide experiences in mentioned geological formations and enable easier application of new methods.
Training courses are predestinated for active engineers in the area of design, construction and supervision, for local clients that may see state-of –the art of tunneling methodology in similar surrounding and as well for young engineers that may receive information of experiences of world tunneling experts.
ITA Croatia is honored to have an opportunity to be the host of the ITA CET Foundation training session that will help in the future development of the underground space use in SEE and wider region.
Davorin KOLIC, PhD, PE,CE
President of ITA Croatia
Member of Executive Board ITA-AITES
From 2014, the ITACET Foundation grant a yearly distinction to recognize the significant contribution of an individual, an organization, an institution or a private company to the activities of the Foundation.
For 2015, the Council of Foundation decided to grant his Award to the Late Dr. Koichi Ono.
An highly esteemed member of the tunnelling community Dr. Koichi Ono was since 2010 surveyor of the foundation.
The award ceremony will be held in Dubrovnik, during the ITA-AITES General Assembly.
SOFT GROUND URBAN TUNNELLING & ROCK TUNNELLING IN KARST
Focus is on two main topics: "Soft Ground Urban Tunnelling and Rock Tunnelling in Karst".
The ITA-CET training sessions are delivered by globally established professionals and experts in these related topics and their aim is to contribute to the education and knowledge of students and young professionals in tunnelling field.
Mechanized Tunnelling 29-30 June 2015. GUadalajara, Mexico.
Amitos, Asociación Mexicana de Ingeniería de Túneles y Obras Subterráneas will co-organize with the ITACET Foundation a Two-Day training session on "Mechanized Tunnelling".
The training session aim to provide general information to young engineers & to update tunnelling professionals on topics related to Mechanised Tunnelling. The Course topics are presented in such a way to build the basic concepts of Mechanized Tunnelling necessary for professionals.
More information and registration information will be published on on the website www.amitos.org
Tunnelling and deep excavation for infrastructure in urban areas 11-12 MAI 2015. YANGOON, MYANMAR
The ITACET Foundation will co-organize with the Myanmar Tunnelling and Underground Space Committee (Myanmar ITA Nation Member) a two-day training session in Yangoon.
The program main topics are:
- Open Forum on Urban Infrastructures
- Design and Construction Methods for Urban Tunnelling
- Deep Excavations for Underground Structures
- Geotechnical Instrumentation
- Project Examples
Other events in preparation:
- Health and Safety and Logistic During Construction / Long Tunnels and Urban Tunnels, Buenos Aires, Argentina. September 2015
- Deep long undersea Tunnels, Shanghai, China. 17-18 October 2015
Mechanized Tunnelling. 23-24 March 2015. Santiago, Chile
Press Release. Around one hundred participants attended the two-day training session on “Mechanised Tunnelling” held at the Radisson Plaza Santiago Hotel.
The objective of the course was to provide general information to young engineers and to update tunnelling professionals on topics related to Mechanised Tunnelling.
It was the first training event organized in Chile since the ITACET Foundation has been created five years ago. This event was very effectively co-organized by CTES (Chilean Commitee for Tunnelling and Underground Space of the CDT of the Chilean Construction Chamber) the ITA-AITES Chile nation member.
The Opening speech was given by Alexandre Gomes as President of CTES Chile.
In the audience were guests from People Transport Company (METRO), the Ministry of Public Works of Chile, National Corporation of Cooper (CODELCO), Energy producer Company (AES GENER S.A).
The course topics were presented in such a way as to build the basic concepts of Mechanised Tunnelling necessary for professionals.
On the first day, the theme of the lectures of the first session was “Introduction & Overview”, and the second session were devoted to “Improvement & Support systems”. On the second day the first theme was on “operation” and the second on “Management & examples”. See the program of the event for more information (Pdf) >>
About the training session, a word from Alexandre Gomes, President of CTES Chile:
“We are very happy and satisfied with the realization of this workshop. More than 100 professionals who were trained in these two days and had the opportunity to participate in an event of high technical content and importance to the field of tunnels and underground spaces”
The Foundation wishes to express its thanks to all the lecturers of the event, namely: Messrs Alexandre Gomes, (Geoconsult), Lars Babendererde, (Babendererde Engineers); Werner Burger, (Herrenknecht); Piergiorgio Grasso, (Geodata); Daniele Peila, (Politecnico di Torino); Hartmut Claussen (MAPEI); José María Espinosa, (Bekaert Maccaferri Underground Solutions); Lok Home, (The Robbins Company); Giorgio Höffer-Öllinger, (Geoconsult); Jean-Luc Audureau, (VINCI); Karl Grossauer, (Alto Maipo HEP construction); Francisco Avila, (HERRENKNECHT).
Finally, our thanks to all attendees for their active participation and contribution to the success of the training session.
CTES Published a Press release in Spanish on their website, you can read it here >>
Tunnelling for transport in urban areas. 28 February, 01 March 2015. Kuala Lupur, Malaysia.
Press Release. The training session organized by the Institution of Engineers, Malaysia (IEM) and the ITACET foundation gathered 40 participants.
The objective of the course was to introduce the design and construction approaches for tunnelling in urban areas.
The two-day program was divided in six session and 16 lectures.
Ten experts delegated by ITA-AITES and participating manufacturers and providers were selected by the ITACET Committee to lecture during the training serssion; namely Messrs Søren Degn Eskesen (COWI, ITA-AITES President), Felix Amberg (Amberg engineering Group), Harald Wagner (Harald Wagner, conculting engineer), Daniele Peila (Politecnico di Torino), Elena Chiriotti (SYSTRA), Tim Babendererde (Babendererde Engineers), Kah Fai Lee (Normet), Eric Leca (SYSTRA, ITA-AITES), Ooi Lean Hock and Gusztáv Klados.
On the first day, Messer Ir. Dr. Ooi Teik Aun & Soren Degn Eskesen welcomed the participants and opened the training session.The three session of the day were on the following topics "general", "mechanized Tunnelling" and "conventional Tunnelling".
The second day started with the session on "risk management" followed by "monitoring" and "Case Histories".
High level of the presentation, very interesting case review and an active participation of the audience insured the success of the training session.
CONVENTIONAL TUNNELLING AND GROUND REINFORCING TECHNIQUE. 15-16 January 2015. Torino, Italy.
Press Release. SIG (Italian Tunnelling Association) and the ITACET Foundation co-organized a training session on Conventional Tunnelling and Ground Reinforcing Technique, at the Politecnico de Torino.
On January 15th and 16th, SIG Società Italiana Gallerie, ITA-AITES and the ITACET Foundation jointly organised a training session aimed at young professional on “Conventional Tunnelling and Ground Reinforcing Techniques.
Altogether 90 participants attended the two-day training session hosted at the Politecnico de Torino.
The participants were welcomed by opening speeches from delegates of the authorities of the city of Torino, SIG and the rector of the Politecnico of Torino. 15 Internationally recognised experts from the academic and entrepreneurial fields presented a total of 16 papers.
The first two session were dedicated to “General aspects and main features of conventional tunneling” and “Lesson learnt in relevant conventional tunneling examples in different soil and rock conditions”. During the second part of day 2, industrial representatives shared their field experiences during the session on “Special examples and innovations”.
The lively ensuing discussion reflected the great interest shown by those taking part in the topics and the successful conclusion of the course.