27/11/2018 – Bluepoint, Brussels

European Conference

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Our tunnels need you!

Tunnels are vital links in any transportation network. Short periods of closure for maintenance or repairs always generate nuisance. Long periods of closure for renovations will logically lead to severe congestions. For too long, the tunnel community has accepted this nuisance and chaos as a natural side effect of tunnel operations. This is no longer acceptable!

The Beyond A Tunnel Vision conference will challenge old paradigms and move beyond our current, rather narrow, tunnel vision on the management and maintenance of these critical infrastructural assets.

Is zero-congestion maintenance a utopia? Are just-in-time and first-time-right interventions idle dreams? Is moving from silo-thinking to co-creating really that hard in our industry? Why can’t we turn renovation challenges into value creators? Imagine we could disrupt the way tunnels are perceived: from annoying and unsafe pipes to vital and energy-neutral infrastructure with a clear, positive impact on people’s lives!

We expect over 250 representatives of the European infrastructure community will debate, during this one-day conference, on how to define and implement a groundbreaking approach for the management and renovation of underground infrastructure. By integrating the combined knowledge of owner-operators, tunnel managers, consultants, contractors and suppliers, we are bound to find new ideas and initiatives originating from a shared mission.

The organising committee looks forward to meeting all tunnel-related experts at this unique conference. Now is the time to agree on a shared vision, and to kick-start a comprehensive process of co-creation. Let’s face it, we all know we need to welcome the fourth industrial revolution in our niche industry, and you can be part of it!

This conference is organised with the support of The Government of the Brussels-Capital Region and endorsed by the International Tunneling and underground space Association (ITA).



We are working to define our specific programme! More details coming soon.

We will be building the day around these themes:


How does the digitalisation influence the way renovation projects are handled? Will a tunnel ever talk to back us? Does smart mobility mean smarter tunnels or can they become simpler?

Asset management

How does the focus on lifecycle management influence renovation projects? Is a digital tunnel twin the next step in future-proof asset management?  Is modular renovation – renovating a tunnel while keeping it open for business – really possible?

Circular management

Can we rebuild, re-use and re-furbish with respect for mother Nature? Will tunnels ever be zero-energy? Can we use the refurbishment of tunnels to contribute more value to their surroundings?

The bridge between project and asset management

How can we use the renovation of tunnels to make a step towards more professional asset management? Who knows what the asset owner needs? A project is temporary, asset management is for life!

Best practices

Showcases, experiences, lessons learned….we learn the most by doing and sharing. Join our international community.


Oops, you can no longer apply as a speaker. The call for speakers has ended. If you have applied, you will be informed whether or not you have been selected during the first week of September.


Beyond a Tunnel Vision will be held at conference center Bluepoint, in Brussels.

The impressive business center BluePoint Brussels, formerly known as the Diamant Brussels Conference & Business center, is located near the European district and is easily accessible via the main access roads. Public transport is within walking distance and Zaventem International Airport is only 15 minutes away. The building has an underground car park with 300 spaces.

BluePoint Brussels
80 Bd. A. Reyers
1030 Brussels

How to get there

By public transport
Bus and pre-metro lines have their stop at “Diamant – station” at the crossroad of the Reyers Boulevard and Diamant Avenue. BluePoint Brussels is located a few steps further on the corner – next to the “RTBF” – radio and television tower.

  • FROM THE AIRPORT (+/- 30 MIN.):
    – Bus line 21 direction “Ducale” or 12 direction “Luxembourg”
    – Bus line 79 direction “Kraainem”
    – Metro line 1 direction “Stockel”, stop “Montgomery”
    – Pre-metro line 25 direction “Rogier” or 7 direction “Heyzel” for 2 stops
  • FROM MIDI STATION (+/- 30 MIN.):
    – Metro line 2 direction “Simonis Elisabeth”, stop “Arts-Loi”
    – Metro line1 direction “Stockel”, stop “Montgomery”
    – Pre-metro line 25 direction “Rogier” or 7 direction “Heyzel” for 2 stops

By car

  • FROM E40 “OSTENDE” OR E19 “ANTWERPEN”: – Close to “Brussels”, turn right: R0 towards “Zaventem” – E411 “Namen/Namur”. – Take the exit: E40 / A3 towards “Luik – Leuven – Brussel”.
  • FROM E19 “MONS – BERGEN” OR E411 “NAMEN – NAMUR”: – Close to “Brussels”, turn right: R0 towards “RING-EST” (coming from Mons) or “Zaventem” (coming from Namur). – Take the exit: E40 / A3 towards “Sint-Stevens-Woluwe / Brussel – Luik – Leuven”.
  • TAKE DIRECTION “BRUSSEL”: – Take the exit 18 towards “Meiser – Reyers” right before the tunnels and keep extremely right. You are at the backside of BluePoint’s Building. Follow “Kolonel Bourg” street until the cross point with the “Boulevard A. Reyers”. Turn right and a few meters further you can enter BluePoint’s underground car park at your right side after the building.

Do you want to be part of this journey?