Beyond a Tunnel Vision Conference 2024
Tunnels play a vital role in infrastructure. Many of them are aging and in need of major renovations. They cannot be shut down due to the required high availability. Because of the volume and urgency of the tasks, this challenge needs to be addressed on an international scale. Let’s get together and address this at the Beyond a Tunnel Vision Conference in 2024.
In 2018 four organizations of both Belgium and the Netherlands organized the first European conference on tunnel renovations. After the success of this conference (over 350 visitors) we aimed for a second event in 2020. This was, due to the pandemic, transformed into a successful online event with a plenary broadcast plus seven parallel sessions in seven countries in Europe for over 1000 guests. The following years after the pandemic we focused more on national events, but finally the 3rd Beyond a Tunnel conference will be held.
Date: October 16, 2024
Location: A Room With A ZOO, Antwerp
Pictures: Room with a Zoo
What to expect
The program with interesting plenary and parallel sessions will be published as soon as possible. In anticipation, we can already reveal the following three topics will be addressed during the conference.
- Skills and resources; how to manage, maintain, and renovate tunnels with limited resources.
- Asset management for tunnels; professional, data-driven decision-making from a lifecycle perspective.
- Renovation, management, and maintenance with ‘the shop open’; strategies, and options.
If you are an expert on these topics and want to give a presentation or host a workshop during a parallel session, please apply by filling out the contact form above before the 10th of May 2024.
Moving forward, together
A well-performing transport infrastructure network is essential for achieving the European ambitions and goals on competitiveness, growth, and jobs, achieving alignment with the UN Agenda 2030 and related sustainability goals. The position of tunnels in European networks is extremely important, but many of the tunnels are aging and need major renovations. Large knowledge gaps make reliable predictive maintenance still impossible and insecure.
Another focal point for underground infrastructure is the strong growth in mobility and urbanization. Cities will suffer massive strokes if we cannot use underground space more effectively and without hindering existing networks, such as metro systems, and city life at street level.
A third focal point is a high demand for adding value. Getting tunnels resilient, making them climate-proof, making them part of a safer network, making them smarter, making them more adaptive to still unknown change, and making the people working in underground infrastructure more capable of working with these challenges.
Because of the volume and urgency of these tasks, we need to change our approach. Infrastructure managers and operators need to work together on a European level.