The Council of the Foundation met early September in Sargans (Switzerland) at the occasion of the Exhibition IUT’11 organized in Hagerbach Test Gallery.
We had the pleasure to meet the Industry representatives in Tunnelling and especially the animateur of the new ITA Committee “ITATECH” and to start the cooperation between the Foundation and the Committee
I am also very pleased to inform that the Foundation started to sponsor foreign Students to participate to the ITA-endorsed Postgraduate Master Courses in EPFL-Lausanne, TUSC-Torino and INSA/ENTPE-Lyon; the Foundation decide to grant three students from Turkey (Lyon), Nepal (Lausanne) and another one to decide soon in Torino; each will receive 5000 € in order to help them to finance their tuition fees. We hope to continue this effort in the future, even to increase it, and so contribute to the development of the Tunnelling knowledge through appropriate courses.
As you will read in this newsletter, the ITA President and myself signed a joint letter to recommend to ITA Member Nations to call the Foundation for the organization of Training Sessions; as a consequence, the Foundation increased the number of events under preparation and is doing its best to organize this year at least ten events throughout the world.
Eng. Abdullah Al-Mogbel
ITACET Foundation President
Message to ITA-AITES Member Nations.
Mr. In-Mo Lee, President of ITA-AITES and Eng. Abdullah A. Almogbel President of the ITACET Foundation sent a join message to the Presidents of the 64 ITA-AITES Member Nations.
This message is intended to confirm to ITA members nations the strategy of the ITA Association as regards Education and Training. Furthermore, it specifies the framework agreement between the ITA Member Nations and the Foundation.
Finally, this message invites all Member Nations to use the services of the Foundation as an organizing body for training actions.
Please refer to your national ITA association to know more, or contact directly the secretariat of the Foundation by email email@example.com or by phone ++41 21 21 693 08 67
Next Event in China
The next event produced by the Foundation will be the Two days Seminar on Safety Aspect of Tunnel Operation in Shanghai, China, 12-13 November 2011
The seminar aims at Clients, Designers, Consultants and Operators.
Future Training session
Nepal ( Katmandu): Training Session on Sprayed Concrete in Tunnelling Under Himalayan conditions 09-10 december 2011
Five lecturers from the ITA-AITES Network, namely MM. Felix Amberg, Piergiorgio Grasso, In-Mo Lee, Olivier Vion and Harald Wagner, will be present to this one day training session.
Covered topics of this training session will be: Why Go Underground ? | Principles for choice of a Tunnelling Method | Conventional Tunnelling Methods | Mechanized Tunnelling Methods | Principles for Design | Ground Recognition | Ground Improvement
Mexico (Mexico): Training Session on Tunnelling Design and construction March 2012
Contact the secretariat of the Foundation for further information about these training session.
Software application in Tunnelling
The two days seminar co-organised by the Research Institute for Symbolic Computation (RISC) , Softwarepark Hagenberg and the ITACET Foundation hosted more than fourty participants.
In the seminar, aspects of various applications of software in geotechnical and tunnelling works were presented by scientists, consultants, contractors and clients. Representatives of ITACET Foundation delivered an opening address, chaired sessions and also delivered lectures.
Beside the presentations also practical training on the application of the software was part of the 2-day seminar.
The Foundation is already looking forward to organize the second edition to be held in 2012.
Master Course in Lyon, France
On October 3rd, the Executive director of the ITACET Foundation participated to the opening of the Postgraduate Master Course "Tunnels and underground structures, from design to operation" in Lyon, France. This Master course is organized by the School of Engineers - ENTPE and the university of Science and Technology - INSA of Lyon.
13 students from 10 countries will participate to the course. Beside 4 from France, 9 come from the following countries: Algeria, Azerbaijan, Cambodia, Chili, China, Columbia, Greece, Turkey and Uruguay.
The Foundation supports M. Murat Balatan, a young engineer from Turkey, by sponsoring part of its tuition fees.
We remind you that the Foundation may help financially students for all or part of the scholarship for the ITA-AITES ITACET endorsed master course. Please refer to our "Scholarship" page to know more >>
ITA-AITES New ITATECH Committee
During the general assemblies held at the WTC'11 in Helsinki, former President of ITA-AITES, Mr. Martin Knight announced the creation of the ITA-AITES ITATECH committee.
This committee is intended to reenforce the synergy between the Association and its corporates partners.
As training will be significant part of its concerns, the Foundation, through representatives of its Council, is already in contact with the founding members of this committee.
Since its initial launch in June 2009, the itacet website has seen an healthy increase of its frequentation.
It is interesting to note that for the last quarter, and for the first time since its creation, the web site has been visited by visitors from 65 different countries around the world.