Newsletter #8 - July 2011

Newsletter #8 - July 2011
   New Agreement with Tunneling Industry

Published on June 2011:

"Agreement concerning the support by ITACET Foundation of Events regarding Training organized by the Industry."

The agreement Is available, Download it here >>




   WTC Helsinki Training session




May 20 – 21, 2011 At the occasion of the ITA-AITES World tunnel congress in Helsinki, ITA-AITES and the ITACET Foundation, together with the Finnish Tunnelling association and four ITA sponsors, namely BASF-Meyco, Mapei- UTT, Normet and VSH Hagerbach Test Gallery Ltd. organized a very fruitful two days training session aimed at young professionals of the tunneling industry.

The program of the two days training session, was prepared by the ITACET committee in coordination with the Finnish Tunnelling Association. Read the complete programme here>>

The course was divided in two parts. During the first part the attendees  followed a total of eleven hours of classes, given by fourteen high profile speakers, both from the academic and corporate world, from the ITA-AITES Network. Main themes were:

  • Rock Tunnelling Excavation,
  • Support and Design
  • Sprayed Concrete Technology
  • Reinforcements to Sprayed Concrete Linings
  • Special Aspects

All courses where followed by lively and open discussion on the presented topic. These interaction between the lecturers ad the attendees produce very interesting insight on specific points of the presented subject.

Lecture sessions was followed by captivating practical demonstration held in an underground work going on just under the Finlandia Hall where the training session was held.

Practical demonstration themed:

This underground work was made possible by the involvement of the contractor Lemminkainen.  

With more than 50 participants from 20 different countries the training session held during the WTC11 was a great success The Foundation is looking forward the next planned training session in Austria, China and Cambodia and others, and is already planning the next WTC12 training session, which will be held in Bangkok on the main topic “Tunelling in Urban Areas”, Thaïland, from 18-23 May 2012.


   Scholarship for postgraduate Master

New Scholarship criteria available.

We inform you that the Foundation may help financially students from emerging countries for all or part of the scholarship for the ITA-AITES ITACET endorsed master course:

Read our Scholarship criteria for more information >>

Download the application form>>


   New Donor

The Foundation is glad to acknowledge the donation made by the company BASF.





   Next training session

China, Shanghai 12 - 13 November 2011, "Safety Operation in Metro and Road Tunnels"

Cambodia, 14 December 2011,"Underground Space Use"

Nepal, training session on "Sprayed concrete", December 2011


   News from AFTES


The AFTES International Congress will take place at the Cité Internationale in Lyon from 17 to 19 October 2011.

It will be held jointly with our sister Belgian, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish and Swiss tunnelling and undergroundspace associations.

Detailed information are available on the event web site: