Newsletter #12 - April 2012

Newsletter #12 - April 2012
   President ´S address

I was very pleased to welcome in Riyadh the 5 lecturers and more than 100 participants to the 2-day Seminar for Continuous Professional Education on “Safe Operation in Railway and Road Tunnels”.

You read in the Foundation website the Press release we prepared at this occasion>>
Let me congratulate our lecturers and the participants who make this session so interesting and so lively.

The participants were so pleased that it was decided to organize late 2012 two new seminars on Safety in Tunnels during Design, Operation and Maintenance, one for Railway Tunnels and one for Road tunnels with the help of our international partners: the International Road Federation (IRF), the World Road Association (PIARC), the International Railway Union (UIC) and the ITA

Eng. Abdullah A. Almogbel
President of ITA-CET Foundation>


   Coming soon

Thailand (Bangkok) at the occasion of the WTC 12 : Training Session on Tunnelling in urban areas 18 -19 May 2012.

Leading industry experts from across the globe are to deliver a series of lectures aimed at young engineers on the theme of 'Tunnelling in Urban Areas' The objective of the course is to present design and construction approaches for tunnelling in urban areas, highlighting the most important mechanised methods and the constraints imposed by underground excavations, including settlement and damage control, risk management, creating watertight tunnels and the effects of tunnelling on building and infrastructure.

Register now to insure your seat >>


   In the Press - WTC12 Training Session

Tunnel Talk  about the WTC Training session and the numerous events occuring during the congress.

Read the article about the training session and get more information about the WTC12 on Tunnel Talk web site >>

Tunnel Talk objective is to be a gateway to instant information about the Tunnelling and underground works industry where users will find what they are looking for: the search result, the answer to the question, the information needed, the latest in news, views and video interviews. To bring together under one banner, links to related information held elsewhere on the limitless world-wide-web.



   Activities report

The April 2012 activities report of the Foundation is available for download >>

The document has been prepared by the executive director of the FOundation, Claude Bérenguier, and presented at the occasion of the last executive council in April 2012.


   Frequently asked questions to the Foundation

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- Who work for or with the Foundation ?

Our FAQS gives you the answers you may need about the Foundation >>


   Future events

 Singapore, 5-6 November 2012, Training session on "Underground space use"

At the occasion of the 13th World Conference of ACUUS to be held November 7-9 , 2012 in Singapor, the Foundation together with the  Society for Rock Mechanics & Engineering Geology (Singapore)  and the scientific collaboration of the ITA Committee on Underground Space (ITACUS) is preparing a two-day Seminar on Underground Space Use.
Read more about this seminar and the 13th WOrld ACUUS Conference >>


More informations about these four events will be published soon on the Foundation website.

  • Brazil, August 2012, seminar on Sprayed Concrete
  • Mexico, June 2012, seminar on General Tunnelling
  • Nepal, Decembre 2012, seminar on Design
  • Luzern, Switzerland, at the occasion of the WTC13,  training session on "Ground Improvement"



   Safe Operation in Railway & Road Tunnels, Riyadh

TRAINING SESSION IN Riyadh 25 -26 March 2012
Safe Operation of Underground Transportation Infrastructure

TRAINING SESSION IN Riyadh 25 -26 March 2012

Safe Operation of Underground Transportation Infrastructure

The Ministry of Transport of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia organized a “Seminar for Continuous professional Education” on “Safe Operation of Underground Transportation Infrastructure” .

 Hosts and organizers of the event, H.E Eng. Abdullah Al-Mogbel Deputy Minister for Roads of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and President of the ITACET Foundation (center) and Abdulrahman Alamri, Ministry for roads of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (Left) together (L. to R.) with the deleguates of IRF Louis Ruzzi PIARC Pierre Schmitz, UIC Martin Muncke, ITA Peter Reinke,

The Seminar, co organized with the ITACET Foundation in Riyadh on 25-26 March 2012, gathered more than 80 participants representing Consulting Engineers, Construction companies, Operators, Municipalities and Ministries coming mostly from Saudi Arabia and Middle East countries.

The objective of the Seminar was to provide an introduction to the state of the art for a safe use of underground transportation infrastructures with an emphasis on railway and road tunnels systems.

Five worldwide experts delivered the lectures detailed in the enclosed programme; three of them were coming from Foundation Sister Organizations:

  • IRF, the International Road Federation, represented by Louis RUZZI
  • PIARC, the World Road Association, represented by Pierre SCHMITZ
  • UIC, the International Railway Union, represented by Martin MUNCKE
  • ITA, the International Tunnelling and Underground Space Association, was represented, through the ITA-CET Committee on Education and Training, by Felix AMBERG, its treasurer and by Peter REINKE from the ITA Committee on Safety (ITA-COSUF). 


It is important to notice that it was the first time these four major organizations participate together to such an event

The lectures were followed by a very lively discussion with the participants; the final comments were very positive; the participants encouraged the organizers to plan other and longer events on the same topic and also on the Safety at the level of Design, Construction and Maintenance through adapted case studies.

Lecturers of the training session, L. to R. Mr. F. Amberg, Martin Muncke, Pierre Schmitz, Louis Ruzzi and Peter Reinke

The Foundation thanks the lecturers, - L. to R. Mr. F. Amberg (ITA), Martin Muncke (UIC), Pierre Schmitz (PIARC), Louis Ruzzi (IRF) and Peter Reinke (ITA-COSUF) - of the Riyadh training session for their efficient participation

The program is available, download it here >>

Arabic version of the program  available, read it here >>


   Health & Safety, New Dehli


The ITACET Foundation ran a successful training course on “Health and Safety in Tunnelling”, in conjunction with the Tunnelling Association of India, the Central Board of Irrigation and Power and with support from Delhi Metro, on 20th and 21st February at the Indian Habitat Centre in New Delhi.

Around 100 delegates working in the hydro power, irrigation and transportation sectors from all over India attended the course.

The course was delivered by Dr Donald Lamont and Mr Martin Vogel, Animateur and vice-Animateur respectively, of ITA WG5.

 At the occasion of this seminar the lecturers, MM. Donald Lamont (Hyperbaric & Tunnel Safety Ltd) and Martin Vogel (SUVA) granted a generous donation to the Foundation.

Download the program >>
Read the synopsys of the lectures>>


   Mecanized Tunnelling in Urban Areas, Roma

The Foundation together with the Società Italiana Gallerie held a two-day training course on "Mecanized Tunnelling in Urban Areas" April 13-14 2012 in Roma.

The Foundation and the organizer managed to invite an international panel of thirteen very high level lecturers both from the academic and corporate world.
The training session gave insight on technical, practical and historical sides of mecanizing tunnelling in urban area.

The program of the training session is available to download >>