Preparing for WTC Brazil Jan 2014
TunnelTalk reporting
Brazil, in hosting the World Tunnel Congress 2014 and the 40th ITA - AITES General Assembly, is taking the delegation to one of the most outstanding places on earth. Iguassu Falls, or the Foz do Iguaçu in Portuguese, is a natural wonder of the world on the Parana River between Brazil and Paraguay that provides the generating power to Itaipu, one of the world's largest hydroelectric schemes.
  • Online registration now open on the official WTC2014 website

    Online registration now open on the official WTC2014 website

  • Internal connections to Iguassu Falls

    Internal connections to Iguassu Falls

The Falls will provide a backdrop to a week of conferencing that will extend from a full programme of technical sessions, to progress meetings of the ITA Working Groups, advance of ITA management at the General Assembly of the Association's 74 Member Nations, a training course for new recruits to the tunnelling and underground space industry, and a diary of technical tours and social events that will introduce delegates and their partners to the rich culture and national identity of Brazil.
BTC President Hugo Cassio Rocha took over the ITA WTC flag from Switzerland in Geneva

BTC President Hugo Cassio Rocha took over the ITA WTC flag from Switzerland in Geneva

Based mainly at the Bourbon Cataratas Convention Hotel, as the event venue, accommodation is also available at the nearby Mabu Thermas Hotel and the Viale Hotel.
Flights will bring international delegates to one of the internaional hub airports in Brazil, Paraguay, Peru, Argentina or Chile, and from there a full schedule of connection flights on large-capacity jets bring visitors to one of the greatest tourist attractions in South America and the world at Iguassu Falls.
Organised by the Brazilian Tunnelling Committee, the event will run from Friday May 9 for the start of the ITA business and weekend training course, to Thursday May 15 at the conclusion of technical the programme and the post conference tour to visit the Itaipu hydro scheme.
The event will focus on Tunnels for Better Living as the technical programme theme with presentations discussing the importance of tunnels, especially in large cities, as solutions to chronic traffic congestion, flooding, transportation, environment preservation and for saving the surface for more noble uses such as leisure and human relations.

Promoting opportunities in Brazil

The congress will provide delegates a rare opportunity to have an inside view of one of the most promising tunnelling markets currently. Brazil and its surrounding South American countries, have the economic prosperity and the growing economic need to improve national and cross-border transportation, water, and energy infrastructure much of which requires a high degree of underground space development both through the rugged mountainous terrain and densely developed mega cities.
Brazil has the added need to prepare its cities and venues for the 2014 FIFA World Cup soccer tournament as well as the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in its principal tourist city Rio de Janeiro. Technical tours are also planned to the Rio de Janeiro Metro programme of expansion as well as to the São Paulo ring road project and to extensions of the city's Metro.
TunnelTalk is pleased to be an official media partner of the WTC2014 event and, during the coming weeks, will bring further news and highlights of the WTC2014 programme and exhibition. On behalf of the organising committee we extend a "Welcome to Brazil!" from Hugo Cassio Rocha, President of the Brazilian Tunnelling Committee, and Tarcisio B. Celestino, Chairman of WTC 2014, who issue the following welcome of their own: "We will look forward to meeting everyone who takes this prized opportunity to visit Brazil and one of the wonders of the world."
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Rio prepares for international games - TunnelTalk, October 2011
Fortaleza awards East Line metro construction - TunnelTalk, October 2013
Extreme tunnel planned for Andes rail link - TunnelTalk, November 2012
Andes link a priority for Chile-Argentina-Brazil - TunnelTalk, December 2011
Tunnels key to Colombia's Mountain Highway - TunnelTalk, November 2011
Countdown for Argentina's longest TBM drive - TunnelTalk, July 2012
Alto Maipo Chile granted notice to proceed - TunnelTalk, December 2013

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