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ITAWTC 2015 – May 22-28 – Dubrovnik, Croatia

The Croatian Association for Tunnels and Underground Structures – ITA Croatia and the ITA-AITES invite you to join us on a World Tunnel Congress and General Assembly in Dubrovnik from May 22-28, 2015.

Croatia is located in the middle of South-East Europe and on the July 1st, 2013,  Croatia became the 28th member of the EU. South-East Europe is the EU region with the most expectations and plans in developing infrastructure in next 2 decades in Europe. Therefore choosing Dubrovnik with its location in the middle of the South-East Europe region and in the heart of Europe we would like to make the sign to all other member nations where to go and where to intensify their activities in the soon future. So far none of SEE countries have had opportunity to organize on World Tunnel Congress and this happening will strongly and certainly help further development of underground infrastructure in the future.

Dubrovnik is the old city, port on the Adriatic coast, center of tourism and a congress center that is able to take more thousands of guests at the same time. It is also one of centers of the infrastructure works  with unique underground solutions (underground HPP Ombla, city road tunnel, light rail to airport, new road roundabout) that will all be in construction in 2015. Dubrovnik will provide an excellent technical and social setting for the World Tunnel Congress 2015. Croatia’s hosting of WTC2015 is supported by the ITA Croatia’s corporate and individual members, Chamber of Civil Engineers and several Ministries who will as active full partners in the preparation and organization of the Congress.

Yours sincerely,

President of the Croatian Association for Tunnels and Underground Structures – ITA Croatia
Davorin Kolić, PhD, PE, CE

for more information please visit: www.wtc15.com

Register now for Cutting Edge 2014

We are pleased to announce that the full program for the third annual Cutting Edge Conference on Groundwater Control for Tunneling – which will take place this November 3-5, at the Westin Times Square, in New York City – is now available to view online!

Click here to view the full program

From dewatering to pre-excavation grouting, cut-off walls to pressurized TBM interventions, war stories to waterproofing and linings – the conference will feature subject specific presentations focusing on innovations and practical experience drawn from project case histories around the world.

This unique two-day, single program track, event will also feature forum discussion sessions, a tailored exhibit, professional networking opportunities, and the opportunity to visit the new East Side Access Caverns, under Grand Central Terminus.

  • Attendees earn 14 Professional Development Hours

To find out more about the conference, visit www.ucaofsmecuttingedge.com

Pre-Conference Workshop:

The “Best Management Practices for Risk Management of Tunnel Projects” is in the final draft stage. To facilitate industry review of this document, a pre-conference workshop will be held at the Westin Times Square on Sunday November 2nd between 2pm and 4pm.

This workshop will seek to resolve any remaining issues and conflicting comments so that a final document can be published by SME for the industry to use. To register your interest in attending the workshop, please contact: meetings@smenet.org

Early bird deadline: October 30th

Join the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel at this Project Showcase

The Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel will host a PROJECT SHOWCASE on Wednesday, November 5, 2014, from 9 a.m. to 12 noon at the Hilton Virginia Beach Oceanfront, located at 3001 Atlantic Avenue, Virginia Beach, VA.  Complimentary event valet parking will be provided and light breakfast fare will be provided at 8:30 a.m.

This SHOWCASE will provide a general overview of the Parallel Thimble Shoal Tunnel Project. Notification of event attendance is requested. To R.S.V.P. and to receive further project updates or to request an appointment, please email us at ptsct@cbbt.com, and include “Parallel Tunnel Project – Event Registration” in the subject line.

For more information about the Project please visit the Project webpage by clicking here.

Watch timelapse footage of the concrete pour

Lee Tunnel is an MVB project (MVB is a joint venture of Morgan Sindall, VINCI Construction Grands Projets & Bachy Soletanche) undertaken for Thames Water … Read more

Navigate Tunnelling with VMT

Navigate Tunnelling … VMT navigation systems have been developed for different types of advance machines and ensure that tunnels of even several kilometres in length will be driven to their destination with millimetre accuracy. They calculate all information automatically and in real-time that is necessary for navigating along the designed tunnel axis. They feature a modular software structure and easy-to use menu-guided operation, together with the latest measurement and communication technology  click here

‘A Catalogue of Tunnel Collapses’ … Updated to October 2012

Tunnelling Journal is giving every reader free access to an exhaustive listing of international Tunnel Collapses. The document ‘Catalogue of Notable Tunnel Failure Case Histories’, courtesy of, and compiled by, the Mainland East Division, Geotechnical Engineering Office, Civil Engineering and Development Department of Hong Kong details 36 international collapses, and a further 6 specifically in Hong Kong. Each case, subject to the information available, includes a basic description of the event (many illustrated), the probable cause, the remedial measures undertaken, and the consequences and lessons learned. Some 60 references are also included for further reading. The document is live and will be updated from time to time. To download this must-have listing go to:


Tunnelling Journal Exclusive

Hong Kong’s Geotechnical Engineering Office has recently issued the GEO Report No. 249, “Ground Control for Slurry TBM Tunnelling.” Download your free copy of this ‘must read’ paper from the Civil Engineering and Development Department website, using the link below:  http://www.cedd.gov.hk/eng/publications/geo_reports/geo_rpt249.htm