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Le Professeur Tarcisio Celestino, Président de l’Association internationale des tunnels et de l’espace souterrain, fixe les objectifs du Congrès mondial des tunnels 2017 à Bergen

21 May 2017

Du 9 au 15 juin 2017, l’Association Internationale des Tunnels et de l’Espace Souterrain (ITA-AITES) et l’Association Norvégienne des Tunnels organisent le Congrès mondial des tunnels (WTC) à Bergen, en Norvège, un pays dans lequel les exigeants paysages de montagnes, de fjords et d’îles ont suscité très tôt une utilisation de l’espace souterrain pour les transports ainsi que pour la production et le stockage énergétiques. Dès 1909, la ligne ferroviaire de Bergen a relié la côte ouest de la Norvège à la côte est en empruntant 182 tunnels.


Rassembler les parties prenantes et mettre en évidence les principaux enjeux du secteur des tunnels, qui devraient occuper le devant de la scène dans les prochaines années, figurent parmi les priorités de l’ordre du jour du WTC de Bergen. Cette passion commune « d’aller sous terre » doit se muer en un nouvel outil pour la responsabilité mondiale.

C’est la raison pour laquelle cette édition du WTC sera l’occasion de découvrir les dernières innovations en matière de planification urbaine et de projets de construction souterraine en Norvège et dans le monde entier. L’accent sera également mis sur « les défis en surface, les solutions en sous-sol » pour lesquelles les technologies norvégiennes font figure d’exemple.

ITA's President sets goals for the World Tunnel Congress 2017 in Bergen

21 May 2017

From the 9th to the 15th of June, 2017, the International Tunnelling and Underground Space Association (ITA-AITES) and the Norwegian Tunnelling Society will organize the World Tunnel Congress (WTC) in Bergen, Norway, where the demanding landscapes of mountains, fjords and islands inspired a very early utilisation of underground space for transportation and energy generation and storage.

As early as in 1909, the Bergen Railway linked the Norwegian west coast to eastern Norway through 182 tunnels.

High on the agenda of the WTC event in Bergen is the bringing together of stakeholders and highlighting the major issues in tunnelling that are likely to dominate the next few years. The common passion for “going underground” must be turned into a new means for global responsibility.

That is why this edition of WTC will be the occasion to discover the latest state-of-the art innovations in urban planning and underground construction projects in Norway and worldwide and will focus on ‘Surface Challenges, Underground Solutions’ of which Norway’s technologies have set the example.

Post-Olympics in Rio: Review of major changes allowed by the Tunnelling Industry

31 August 2016
The Olympic Games in the “Cidade Maravilhosa” may have come to an end, but even after the effervescence of such an event, it is now obvious that Rio has risen as a vibrant global metropolis. It is time for Tunnelling Industry to review and highlight projects that were part of the Olympics success. If this worldwide competition was a particular moment for athletes to shine, it was also a momentous occasion for the Tunnelling Industry to introduce major projects undertaken in the city. Indeed, as the organizer of these Olympic Games like previous cities: London, Sochi or Beijing, Rio had to prepare and make some improvements; numerous
projects were launched in order to facilitate mobility and access to the different venues.
 

New ITA President, Tarcisio Celestino's Interview

16 August 2016
Questions to the new President of the International Tunnelling and Underground Space Association:
Tarcisio Celestino sets strategy for the ITA & the tunnelling industry
 
Question: You were elected President of the International Tunnelling and Underground Space Association during ITA’s General Assembly, last April in San Francisco. What is your own perspective of countries’ demands regarding tunnels and underground space? How do you see the future of the tunnelling industry?
 
Tarcisio Celestino: The economic configuration is currently changing. In recent years, we have faced a long-lasting economic slowdown, during which everybody tended to curb their longterm investments. Yet, and it is good news, we are now entering a recovery phase, which implies new investments in tunnels and underground space. Until now, the sustainability factor had not been sufficiently taken into account in investment choices, which is understandable: public authorities and owners do not always have in-depth knowledge of sustainable existing solutions and environmental regulations in terms of underground construction, even though things tend to evolve in a good way. It is the role of the ITA to accompany the move of public authorities in their reflection on sustainable cities, for them to
think about their underground infrastructures upstream. Indeed, if you wait for your city to face intense traffic jams before you design and develop public transports, then you will have to wait another 15 years for these problems to be fixed!
 

World Tunnel Congress 2016, 22nd -28th April 2016, A successful week in San Francisco

04 May 2016
World Tunnel Congress 2016, 22nd -28th April 2016, A successful week in San Francisco: 2 319 attendees gathered around the latest technological and technical
innovations in urban underground planning
 
Fom April 22nd to 28th in San Francisco, United States, the International Tunnelling and Underground Space Association (ITA) held its 42nd General Assembly along with the 2016 World Tunnel Congress (WTC), co-organised with the Underground Construction Association of SME. As states demonstrate strong needs in tunnels and underground spaces for public transports, interchange subway stations, hydroelectric infrastructures, etc, the WTC 2016 was a unique occasion to discover the latest state-of-the art innovations in urban planning and underground construction projects in the United States and worldwide. This international event, widely recognised among tunnelling professionals, civil engineers, and public authorities, is, indeed, the top attended annual “rendez-vous” that currently permits
to have a clear vision of the latest projects of underground infrastructures over the planet.

WORLD TUNNEL CONGRESS 2016

25 April 2016

The underground infrastructure, a crucial tool to build resilient and attractive cities.

Highlights on its environmental and economic assets, technological innovations
Press Kit
 

ITA organises its World Tunnel Congress 2016 in San Francisco, USA: 2.200 attendees expected

18 April 2016
From the 22nd to the 28th of April, 2016, the International Tunnelling and Underground Space Association (ITA-AITES) will hold its 42nd General
Assembly at the occasion of the World Tunnel Congress (WTC) in San Francisco, United States.
 
This year organised in conjunction with the Underground Construction Association of SME, the WTC is the top attended event launched by the tunnelling industry at the international scale. As states demonstrate strong needs in tunnels and underground spaces for public transports, interchange subway stations, hydroelectric infrastructures, etc, the WTC 2016 will be the occasion to discover the latest state-of-the art innovations in urban planning and underground construction projects in the United States and worldwide. 

L'AITES organise son Congrès Mondial des Tunnels 2016 à San Francisco

15 April 2016

L'AITES organise son Congrès Mondial des Tunnels 2016 à San Francisco: 2 200 participants sont attendus

Du 22 au 28 avril 2016, l'Association Internationale des Tunnels et de l'Espace Souterrain (AITES) tiendra sa 42e Assemblée Générale à l'occasion du Congrès
mondial des Tunnels (WTC ou World Tunnel Congress) à San Francisco, aux États-Unis. Organisé cette année conjointement avec la Underground Construction Association of SME, le WTC constitue le principal temps fort international de l’industrie des tunnels dans le monde, attirant chaque année des milliers de participants. Alors que les États manifestent aujourd’hui de forts besoins en tunnels et en espaces souterrains pour aménager les transports en commun, ainsi que des hubs d'échange, des infrastructures hydroélectriques, etc, le WTC 2016 sera l'occasion de découvrir les toutes dernières innovations en matière d’urbanisme et de projets de construction souterraine aux États-Unis et dans le monde. 
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