WTC Bangkok extends official welcome to ITA Feb 2012
WTC2012 News Release
During a recent visit by ITA officials to Bangkok, Associate Professor Dr Suchatvee Suwansawat, Chairman of the Thailand Underground and Tunnelling Group (TUTG) and Chair of the WTC2012 organising committee, and other committee members of the World Tunnel Congress extended a hearty welcome to Olivier Vion, Executive Director of the International Tunnelling and Underground Space Association (ITA-AITES), which will hold its Annual General Assembly of 64 member nations concurrent with the congress in May.

Voin, left above, was greeted by TUTG Chairman Suwansawat (middle) along with ZawZaw Aye, Secretary General of WTC Organising Committee and Dr Chanet Sangarayakul, TUTG Vice Chairman (right)

Vion was one of a delegation of ITA officials, including ITA President In Mo Lee of Korea, who visited Bangkok in January for an update on preparations by TUTG and the WTC2012 organising committee for the week long event to be held at the Queen Sirikit National Convention from 18 to 23 May.
Among topics to be discussed and researched during the congress will be Thailand's effort to develop flood prevention and mitigation projects following the devastating inundations that affected the city last year between August to November.
Via its special consultative status with the United Nations' Economic and Social Council (UN-ECOSOC) and its partnering arrangement with the International Strategic Disaster Reduction (UN-ISDR) United Nations, the ITA will advance its missions to encourage the use of the subsurface for the benefit of the public, the environment and the advance of sustainable development for the future and to promote advances in planning, design, construction, maintenance and safety of tunnels and underground space during the WTC2012 in Bangkok.

The ITA Global Perspective Programme, started in 2010 to work closely with other international organisations and focus on the contribution to enhance people’s quality of life and economic security from natural disasters, will advance during the Bangkok Congress. Promoting the effective use of underground space speaks to two of the world’s major challenges: rapid urbanisation and resilience of cities to natural and man-induced disasters.
The WTC2012 in Bangkok will be an Olympics for Engineering Academic Challenge, providing a forum for academic researchers, underground and tunnelling construction specialists, and the providers of innovative products and services from all over the world to meet and network with academic experts, developers and decision makers from various parts of the world. Being one of the largest and most prestigious international congresses in the construction industry, WTC2012 will also provide a good opportunity to rebuild confidence in Thailand in the aftermath of the flood crisis.
WTC2012 and its organising committee members extend a welcome to all who plan to attend the Congress in May.
References
37th WTC Helsinki 2011 report - TunnelCast, May 2011
In search of resilient cities - TunnelTalk, December 2011
Bangkok axamines flood prevention plans - TunnelTalk, December 2011

38th WTC - Bangkok 2012
International Tunnelling and Underground Space Association - ITA-AITES

           

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