• Conference 2015 . Expo 2015

    1-3 December 2015
    Dortmund . Germany

    International Forum for
    Tunnels and Infrastructure

Double track technical sessions for STUVA 2015 9 June 2015

TunnelTalk reporting

Just four weeks remain before the opening of one of the largest tunnel exhibition and conferences on the European circuit – the biannual STUVA Expo and Conference, this year to be held at the Westfalenhallen in Dortmund, Germany, on 1–3 December.

Nearly 1,600 delegates attended STUVA 2013 in Stuttgart
Nearly 1,600 delegates attended STUVA 2013 in Stuttgart

Organisers report that already 164 companies across the whole range of suppliers and manufacturers supporting the tunnelling and underground construction industry, have registered for the two day STUVA Expo (1–2 December). This year’s Exhibition area covers more than 6,000m2 and organisers expect more than 2,000 professionals from the underground construction industry to be represented either as delegates, visitors to the free trade fair, or exhibitors.

Running simultaneously with the Expo is the STUVA Conference, the International Forum for Tunnels and Infrastructure. The preliminary programme of technical presentations covers a range of international projects and keeps delegates up to speed on the latest technological developments and innovations in the tunnel construction industry (Table 1), and this year for the first time there will be a parallel track of presentations under the umbrella of Tunnel Operations (Table 2).

As usual, all presentations will be in the host language of German with simultaneous audio translation into English. Delegate registration is priced at €430 for STUVA members, €520 for non-members and €50 for students. Entry to the Exhibition is free of charge for those who have registered for the Conference. On Thursday 3 December there will be guided tours of projects in and around Dortmund, including a planned visit to the Emscher Interceptor mega-project.

STUVA is an international research institute that develops new products and methods in conjunction with industrial partners in the field of transportation infrastructure. The company, based in Cologne, Germany, was established in 1960 and is divided into two units: Tunnelling & Construction Technology and Transport & Environment. The organisation has three test hall installations with a floor space of 2,000m2, and works with partners and 250 corporate member organisations to advance technology and understanding in the fields of tunnelling, waterproofing, fire protection design in the underground, and noise protection.

TunnelTalk, as an official media partner to the event, will be in attendance at what has established itself over the years as a leading conference and trade exhibition on the international circuit. Check out our Exhibition preview, an interactive navigation tool that will help you find all the exhibitor stands from a range of specialist underground equipment suppliers including Babenderere, BASF, Bekaert Maccaferri Underground Solutions, Belloli, CFT Compact Filter Technic, DYWIDAG-Systems International, Ein Shemer Rubber Industries, Herrenknecht, HBI Haerter, ITC (Inter Techno Commerce), Karl-H. Mühlhäuser, MAPEI, Putzmeister Concrete Pumps, Rascor Tunnel-und Spezialtiefbau, Robbins, Tsurumi (Europe) and VMT.

Table 1. STUVA International Forum for Tunnels technical presentations
International Major Projects
Aspects of ecological sustainability for major tunnelling projects
Excavating the Doha Metro Green Line with 6 TBMs
Impact of early decision-making on systems to ensure success of tunnel projects
Status and challenges of the Fehmarn Belt immersed tunnel
New York 2nd Avenue Subway – Construction of a large-span station cavern
Mechanised Tunnelling
Techniques for freeing trapped TBMs
Slowacki Tunnel, Gdansk – Design and construction of 7 cross passages
Urban pipe-jacking with shallow overburden in Karlsruhe
Process simulation for analysis of mechanised tunnel drives
Controlling the accuracy of supporting pressure for shield tunnelling
Youth Forum
Hamburg Metro – planning future extensions in urban areas
Dispersion of fine-grained soils in a pressurised face
Stuttgart Urban Transit Line U12: Special use of pipe-support
BIM or 3D planning? Stockholm Förbifart Project
Construction Technology and Legal Issues
Clogging during mechanised tunnelling
Defining partial flat rates and supplements in current court rulings
Effects of soil discrepancies on business principles for a construction contract
Combined Construction Methods (CCM)
Frankfurt Europa District Urban Transit: From trenchless to mechanised advance
The Filder Tunnel, Stuttgart–Ulm railway – CCM using shotcrete and TBM
Solbakk Tunnel, Norway – MWD (measurement while drilling) using drill+blast
Tunnel Safety
Influence of deep construction pits and high-rise foundations on existing tunnels
Cologne City Archive building collapse – current state of investigations
Munich’s 2nd S-Bahn Line – Compensation grouting under sensitive tunnel shells
Organising, equipping and deploying in-house fire services
Karst cavities during tunnelling
Conversion and Redevelopment
Bypassing a main urban transit artery in Stuttgart
Simplon Tunnel – Measures aimed at enhancing safety
STUVA Working Group on “Repairing Road Tunnels”
Underground Construction in Dortmund
Converting the urban transit facility under Dortmund Central Station
20km of the Emscher Interceptor as a DN2600 segmentally lined structure
Constructing the largest diaphragm wall trench for the Emscher Interceptor
Reinforced concrete requirements for pipes, segments and in situ structures
Pipe jacking over 50km of the Emscher Interceptor
Table 2. Tunnel Operations technical presentations
Future Perspectives
Gotthard Base Tunnel: Commissioning the world’s longest rail tunnel
RABT 2015
Operational Safety
Avoiding traffic congestion by incorporating emergency lanes of the Allach Tunnel
ESIMAS – Implementation/evaluation of a real time safety management system
Manageability of control technology systems in road tunnels
Tunnel management and command
Intelligent induction loops for automatically detecting incidents in road tunnels
Validation and verification processes at Spaarndammer Tunnel, Amsterdam
Personal Security
Safety issues surrounding porous asphalt in tunnels and enclosed spaces
Human behaviour and interacting with tunnel furniture
Automated traffic control and information
Analysing human behaviour in hazardous situations
Improving personal security in underground stations
Optimal fire brigade strategies for combatting tunnel fires
Redevelopment and Maintenance
New requirements for barrier-free design in public transport
Ventilation system conversion in the Belchen Tunnel while maintaining traffic flow
10-year operational findings of the Lötschberg Base Tunnel
Redeveloping metro and urban transit tunnels while services are operational
Rail and road: Maintaining security installations and facilities
Fire Protection and Ventilation
Automatic firefighting systems in road tunnels
Water mist fire suppression system of the Dartford Crossing, UK
Optimising fire incident control of road tunnel ventilation using a tunnel simulator
Using models to optimise road tunnel longitudinal ventilation systems
Modern fire protection systems in underground stations

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