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 (22 to 28) next year due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
However, the ITA-AITES has instead decided to organise its first-ever Tunnelling Week from September 20 to 24, an online event. Complementing 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 provide an annual overview of the global tunnelling activity, present key figures, and future projects all over the world, said the ITA-AITES.
The online event can be accessed through the ITA’s digital platform and allows live debates, conferences, pre-recorded sessions, an exhibition hall and sponsoring. Thanks to the digital platform, each session will include live or prerecorded presentations as well as a live debate with the panelists. 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.
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.