Prior to the 13th international ACUUS conference held November 7-9 in Singapore, together with the event’s organizer and the the ITA committees of ITA-CET and ITACUS, the Foundation organized a training session on underground space use.
The two days training session provided an introduction for engineers, architects, planners and public administrators to the use of underground space to increase livability and sustainability in urban areas and in other key public resource regions. The seminar identified key issues that need to be considered when using underground space and showed how these key issues are dealt with on a worldwide basis.
The lecturers for the underground space training were Han Admiraal, ITACUS Chair, Ray Sterling, ITACUS Vice Chair, Jean Paul Godard and Ilkka Vähäaho, ITACUS Board members and Monique Labbé, Chair of the AFTES Committee on Underground Space. The main topics for the 2-day training event which took place from November 5-6, 2012 at the Holiday Inn Atrium, Singapore were:
- • Introduction and Overview to Underground Space Use
- • Advantages and Disadvantages / Sustainability and Need for Planning
- • Planning and cost-benefit issues for broad-scale underground space use
- • Guidance for planning and design of underground spaces
The training session attracted 30 participants from 9 countries and provided an excellent complement to the main conference. More information on the activities of ITACUS can be found at its website itacus.ita-aites.org and enquiries about organizing similar training in other countries may be made to the ITA Foundation.