Helsinki (FI)/Lausanne (CH), 30 June 2016.- ITA COSUF Meetings are well-known for its high-professional information and the chance of networking with Tunnel Safety Specialists from all over the world. The latest successful meeting was the Tunnel Safety Officers Forum held in March 2016 in Rotterdam (NL). And the next event is coming soon: The private Workshop from 25th to 26th October 2016 in Helsinki (Finland) with Activity Group Meetings, General Assembly and the Ceremony of the ITA COSUF Award Winner 2016. As this workshop is for members only, it is recommended to join ITA COSUF.
Finnish Transport Agency hosts Workshop in Helsinki
“We are very proud to organize our next event in partnership with the Finnish Transport Agency from 25th to 26th October 2016 in Helsinki”, Dr. Roland Leucker, chairman of ITA COSUF, announces the next Private Workshop for members only. “Operating Road and Rail Tunnels in Helsinki” will be the topic of the newest two day event of the Committee on Operational Safety of Underground Facilities (COSUF), the first of four Committees of the International Tunnelling and Underground Space Association (ITA) and the biggest network of Tunnelling Specialists worldwide. “We look forward to interesting events and expect discussions on Tunnel Safety in the Activity Groups, find next decisions in a Steering Board Meeting, listen to the latest developments of Tunnelling Safety in the Workshop, join the ITA COSUF Award Ceremony with presentation of the awarded work on Tunnel Safety and last but not least take the opportunity to visit the new Helsinki Metro Line (Fig. 1).”
Steering Board and Activity Group Meetings on 25th October 2016
The first day in Helsinki, Tuesday 25th October 2016, will be filled with the Steering Board meeting and the meetings of the four Activity Groups. Every Member of ITA COSUF is welcome to join one of the Activity Groups to bring in its experience and knowledge. The topics of the Activity Groups are Interaction with European and International Activities (AG 1), Regulations and Best Practice (AG 2), Research and New Findings (AG 3) and last but not least Road Tunnel Safety Officers (AG 4).
General Assembly with COSUF Award, Workshop and Site Visit on 26th October 2016
The second day, Wednesday 26th October 2016, will start early with the General Assembly and its highlight, the handover of the prestigious ITA COSUF Award to the Winner 2016. After the Ceremony, the winner has the opportunity to present the work that was awarded. Following this special moment, the technical presentations start and the Finnish Road Administration will give an overview over its role and some underground facilities as well as large projects, the ongoing underground construction works in Helsinki and the Traffic Control Center. Finally, the Länsimetro will be introduced with its 13 new metro stations and 21 km of new tunnels under construction. After all that information, the participants will have the chance to visit the Traffic Control Center and the new Helsinki Metro Line with one or two stations.
Centre of Excellence
ITA COSUF is the first committee of the ITA, the International Tunnelling and Underground Space Association, founded in 2005. It is the Centre of Excellence consisting of approx. 80 corporate member organisations and companies from 25 countries all over the world. The World Road Association PIARC is also supporting ITA COSUF. Since the very first beginning COSUF is a platform for communication on operational safety and security in underground facilities. Only the best specialists in the field of tunnelling are discussing in four different activity groups about the latest developments.
Newest ITA COSUF Member Elkuch Bator Door Systems (CH)
Joining ITA COSUF is very easy. It´s not needed to be an ITA member and for this reason COSUF welcomes corporate and individual members. The youngest member of ITA COSUF is Elkuch Bator Door Systems, a leading supplier of sophisticated and high quality tunnel door systems and solutions from Switzerland.
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Figure 1: Airport Metro Station which is part of the new Link of the Ring Rail Line in Helsinki, Finland (Source: Max Lakkonen)