Highlights of WTC 2022

Highlights of WTC 2022

These are some highlights of the WTC 2022, From 2nd to 8th September, lectures and technical conferences will approach many topics related to tunnelling and underground construction industry. Some moments must be highlighted:

The Opening Ceremony on Monday 6th with Sigurd Lamhauge (CEO) and Brandur Sjurdarson (DFA) from Landsverk – an institution under the Ministry of Finance, Faroe Islands – for a lecture titled “Removing the Island Barrier” – Socio-economic impact of tunnels will focus on how road tunnels have changed the Faroe Islands.

The ITA CET training session of September 2nd and 3rd will focus on sustainability in underground design and it´s practical implementations. It is planned to have two days session focusing on innovative use of underground space, immersed tunnels, and mechanized tunnelling. A presentation on sustainability will be complemented by work cases from engineering and owners on the issue of carbon footprint reduction.

Special Focus on two panels from the open session

The open session (on Tuesday 6th September) will lay the foundations of this edition’s topic: sustainability, with different owners presenting their future major projects in Sweden, Norway and Denmark in particular and the specificities of the different calls for tender. The challenges and opportunities of these underground projects will be discussed during the open session. Sustainable development and climate issues will be linked to each project.

Session is in response to feedback from previous conferences that delegates want to hear more about opportunities in the market and how they can best position themselves for success. The speakers invited reflect a very strong global interest in Scandinavian, UK and European Markets.

Tuesday 6th – Bella Center

First part

Through presentation of reports prepared by ITA WGs and Committees, the 1st part of the Open session will address to main topics:

  • The Tunnelling industry is committed to achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals
  • Safety and technical innovation for the benefit of the whole tunnelling industry

The following reports will be presented

  • WG 14 Tunnel spoil handling, treatment and disposal options from a global perspective
  • WG 11 An Owners guide to immersed tunnels
  • WG 22 BIM in Tunnelling – Guideline for bored tunnels / recommendation for the application of ISO 19650 series.
  • 9.25-10.10 Safety and technical innovation for the benefit of the whole tunnelling industry
  • TAtech Guideline for radially installed bolts in tunnelling
  • ITAtech Rock support for mechanically bored tunnels

Second part

Session Theme – Upcoming opportunities and tender and delivery strategy.

A facilitated discussion with presenters focused on the challenges and opportunities they have faced with tendering previous works and the lessons learnt that can improve how projects are delivered in the future,

  • On the 1st panel with Bjørn Børseth, Procurement Director from Nye Veier (Norwegian Road Authority) ; Jan Christian Thoren, Technical and Environmental Director from Trafikverket (Swedish Transport Administration) and Eric Stocklund from Vejdirektoratet (Danish Road Directorate).
  • On the 2nd Panel: with Martin Walsh, Head of Engineering and Alan Hodge from Nuclear Waste Services ; and Adam Horridge, Procurement Officer and John Osborne, Senior Civil Engineer from CERN-Future Circular Collider.
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