Tunnel Business Magazine

JUN 2018

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H eld in Dubai, from April 21-26 by the Society of Engineers (SOE) and the International Tunnelling and Underground Space Association (ITA), the World Tunnel Congress and 44th ITA General Assembly were a momentous occasion and an un- doubted success for the global industry. Focused on "The Role of Underground Space for Future Cities," the World Tun- nel Congress shed light on the sustain- able aspects of developing underground construction. The challenge faced today by many key players of the industry (en- gineers, urban planners, architects) when building new underground facilities is to fully respect the surrounding nature. The opening ceremony was well at- tended by VIP guests, delegates from gov- ernment and private sectors, presidents of international engineering associations, representatives from major engineering and tunneling companies, as well as key stakeholders in tunneling industry from all over the world. Inaugurated by Eng. Dawoud Al Hajri, Director-General of Du unicipality and President of the Society of Engineers, and Prof. Tarcisio Celestino, ITA President, the ceremony was highlighted by lectures and speeches from leading experts. The uir Wood Lecture was given by Ed- ward Cording and the Landmark Lecture on Roman underground road network in en by Stefano de Caro. Eng. Suleiman Abdelrahman Alhajri also gave a lecture on major works ongoing in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). "The United Arab Emirates has always been a pioneer of development in the region, especially in the field of tunnels and the use of underground space, with a number of ongoing mega-projects. We are honored to be the first country in the East to host the World Tunnel Congress. We welcome all the academics and the specialists in the field, who will be sharing their knowledge to upgrade the engineering sector in the UAE, and the tunnel sector in particular," Alhajri said. From this point flowed with presenta- tions, working groups and seminars, in- cluding 125 technical papers presented orally and 60 posters. During the 44th ITA General Assembly, Copenhagen was cho- sen to host the World Tunnel Congress in ear it will b , and in 2020 in Kuala Lumpur ysia. New Approaches of Underground Spaces and Sustainable Development There is a common trend in saying un- derground space must be developed in ur- ban areas facing space scarcity. Although new global demand, urban agendas and sustainable goals require different ap- proaches to underground spaces utiliza- tion. For this edition of the WTC, the link between sustainable goals and under- ground space is more than ever at the core of many discussions. The International Tunnelling and Un- derground Space Association's Committee on Underground Space (ITACUS) techni- cal session highlighted various innovative concepts including those presented by the Young Professionals' Think Deep Pro- gramme, such as a virtual reality model of hard rock wastewater tunnel used in Stockholm. Also, the digital twin tunnel presented by Karin Dehaas showcased the potential benefits of a fully digital tunnel, allowing to identify with preci- sion the surrounding environment and to share data to predict aging behavior, mal- TUNNELINGONLINE.COM F E A T U R E S T O RY 3 2 TBM: TUNNEL BUSINESS MAGAZINE // JUNE 2018 World Tunnel Congress 2018 Convenes in Dubai Prof. Tarcisio Celestino, ITA President, addresses the crowd. Traditional dancers were part of the gala banquet dinner.

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