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".
The ITACET Foundation recently collaborated with the China Railway Group Ltd and the Tunnel and Underground Works branch of the China Civil Engineering Society (CCES) within the scope of an international exchange summit on the subject of urban utility tunnels. The summit, co-organized by China Railway Academy co. Ltd and several other Chinese sponsors, was held on April 25-26 in Chengdu, China and attracted over 400 participants.
A two-day training session on the "Principles of Tunnel Design" was held on 20th & 21st April 2017 at the P J Hilton, Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia. This short course was organized as a post conference event of the SEACETUS 2017, held on 18th and 19th April 2017, which met with great success.
On 1st - 3rd December 2016, AMITOS and the ITACET Foundation organized a two-day training session in Mexico, followed by a one-day site visit on the theme of Mechanized Tunnelling in Soft Soil.
The Società Italiana Gallerie (Italian Tunnelling Society) and the ITACET Foundation organized a one-day training session in Rome on 1st December 2016. This short course, held at the Astaldi company headquarters, focused on challenging conditions experienced in mechanized tunneling. Through case studies from around the world (Turkey, Norway, Denmark, Italy, Hong Kong, Eygpt .....), the 15 lecturers highlighted the most important and challenging aspects of the projects presented.
More than 35 people participated in the two-day workshop on "Health, Safety and Logistics in Tunnel Construction" organized by the Chilean Tunnels and Underground Space Committee (CTES) and the ITACET Foundation on the 15th and 16th November 2016. This workshop was held at the premises of the "Mutual de Seguridad" in Santiago de Chile. The presentations will be made available at www.ctes.cl.
The Tunnelling and Underground Space Technical Division of the Institution of Engineers (IEM), Malaysia, organized a two-day training session on the topic of Risk Management in Tunnelling on 13th-14th November 2016. This training session, supported by the ITACET Foundation, took place at the Tan Sri Prof. Chin Fung Kee Auditorium, Wisma IEM, Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia.
Druk Green Power Corporation Limited (DGPC) conducted a training session on “Planning & Design in Conventional Tunnelling” on October 17th & 18th 2016 in Thimphu, Bhutan, in collaboration with the ITACET Foundation and ITA-AITES.