World Tunnel Congress 2021, a major event of the International Tunnelling and Underground Space Association (ITA-AITES) to be held in Copenhagen, Denmark has been postponed to April next year due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
However, the ITA-AITES has decided to propose and organise their first-ever Tunnelling Week from September 20 to 24.
Complement its Tunnelling Awards, it will be a week dedicated to tunnelling and underground space knowledge transfer and debate.
These five days of conferences and debates dedicated to the underground construction industry, will be the occasion to give an annual overview of the global tunnelling activity, present key figures, and future projects all over the world, said the statement from ITA-AITES.
The online event will be accessed through the ITA’s digital platform and allow live debates, conferences, pre-recorded sessions, an exhibition hall and sponsoring.
This moment also intends to gather the industry to discuss about innovations and advances, but also to deal with current challenges like underground space in sustainable planning, structural use of fiber reinforced concrete precast segments, tunnels refurbishment, said the organisers.
Presentations from ITA member nations will include ongoing and future tunnel projects globally, as well as 10 conferences of two-hour duration available either live or post-event on the digital platform.
These will cover themes such as underground space planning, structural use of fibre-reinforced concrete in segments, tunnel refurbishment, health and safety, as well as presentations from the latest ITA Working Groups and Committees.
In addition, a full two-hour session will be prepared by ITA Young Member groups from various countries.
The different tasks forces composing ITA, Working Groups and Committees, will present their latest reports and publications.
Thanks to a digital platform, each session will include live or prerecorded presentations as well as a live debate with the panelists. The participants will be able to access an exhibition hall, a cinema room with different videos of projects, ITA library with many publications and a chat to exchange with other participants, they added.-TradeArabia News Service