Over the last two decades, the use of Fibre Reinforced Concrete (FRC) in tunnelling has progressed considerably and has proven to have numerous advantages. Within this scope, the ITACET Foundation and the French Association of Tunnels and Underground Space (AFTES) held a highly successful one-day training session on the Structural Use of Fibre-reinforced Concrete in Precast Segments" in Paris on 6th April 2018.
The Tunnelling Association of Nigeria (TAN) took the opportunity of its 2nd Annual Tunnelling and Underground Space conference to organize a seminar on "Underground Space Use" in collaboration with the ITACET Foundation. This seminar took place on the first day of the conference (21st March 2018) in Abuja, Nigeria, and was open to professionals in the fields of engineering , geo sciences, architecture, urban and regional planning, legal and project finances, as well as to students and policy makers.
The ITACET Foundation and the Druk Green Power Corporation Limited (DGPC) collaborated to conduct a training session on the “Control and Monitoring of the Construction of Tunnels and Underground Space” on November 27th & 28th 2017 in Thimphu, Bhutan.
The change in climate and the spread of urbanization are leaving populations increasingly at risk from flooding. Tunnels are an effective means of diverting flood water and over recent years, numerous cities around the world have built flood control tunnels in order to protect their inhabitants.
The International Road Federation recently organized the 5th edition of its Middle East and North Africa Regional Congress and Exhibition. Within the scope of this event, the ITACET Foundation was invited to co-organize a "partner session" focused on "Innovative perspectives for efficient tunnel operation".
The magnificent "Palacio de las Aguas Corrientes" was the stunning venue for this training session on sustainability and eco-friendly tunnelling, which was organized on 6th September in collaboration with the Argentinian Tunnelling and Underground Space Association (AATES).
Underground works are subject to numerous risks and uncertainties, which must be sufficiently taken into account by all stakeholders if a project is to meet with success. Over recent years, growing awareness of the importance of risk management has led to an increasing demand for training on this topic from ITA Member Nations.
There has been an incredible worldwide development in soft ground tunnelling over recent years and many major ongoing tunnel projects involve difficult soft ground excavation. With this in mind, the 2017 WTC training course focussed on the topic of "Excavation and Support in Soft Ground Conditions".