Beyond A Tunnelvision Conference 2024

Shaping the future of tunnel renovations

October 16th, 2024

A Room With A Zoo, Antwerp

Join us at the Beyond a Tunnel Vision Conference 2024 as we tackle the international challenge of urgently renovating our essential but aging tunnels. Don't miss the chance to collaborate on solutions that keep the world moving!

"The preservation of the Pan-European Road Network requires close attention as it is showing its age after decades of service. This particularly concerns the most critical parts of our networks: our bridges and tunnels."

CEDR - Declaration of Dublin



Renovation, management & maintenance

As cities teeter on the brink of infrastructural collapse, the urgent call to optimize underground spaces while keeping urban life uninterrupted echoes globally, suggesting that shared knowledge could be the key to innovative, unified strategies.

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Assetmanagement for tunnels

We see a widely spread ambition to become a more asset management organization instead of an organization focused on projects (either building or renovation projects). But what is professional assetmanagement for tunnels and what should be focal points for the upcoming decade?

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Skills & Resources

Facing challenges from personnel shortages to the intricacies of digital integration, the world of tunnel infrastructure stands at a critical crossroads between traditional expertise and the promise of digitalization—are we ready for the future it beckons?

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Portrait image of Alfons Van Marrewijk


Alfons Van Marrewijk

Full Professor of Construction Cultures at Delft University of Technology

Alfons will share a new and inspiring perspective on the work of asset managers. With growing challenges and the continuous demand of society to keep critical infrastructure open at all times, the responsibility of tunnel managers increases. By presenting a wide range of learnings from international examples, he will provide practical ideas that will inspire the European asset management community to start looking for more international cooperation and smart learning.


Michel Boutz

Michel Boutz

Managing consultant


Mohammad Fotouhi

Mohammad Fotouhi

Assistant Professor

Delft University of Technology

Rene List

Rene List

Head of Electromechanical Infrastructure - Authorised Officer


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.

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A Room With A Zoo

As the world’s first scientific zoo, “A Room with a ZOO” stands unique as the only convention center globally that incorporates a zoo within its premises. Positioned next to the Belle Époque international train station of Antwerp, the center links seamlessly to the European rail network. With its nexus of connectivity, nature conservation, and sustainability, this living historic monument will be the tranquil and inspiring backdrop of our conference.

Join us at this amazing venue for Beyond A Tunnelvision Conference 2024!