3rd International Tunneling Forum

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It has already become a tradition that the series of conferences of the Polish Road Congress begins each year with a Forum devoted to the construction and operation of tunnels. After two editions of the Polish Tunnel Forum, in 2021 the event has a new name - the 3rd International Tunneling Forum. This emphasizes its scope, presenting the experiences of different countries and the number of participants that is expanding every year. The growing position of the Tunneling Forum is confirmed with the endorsement by the International Tunnelling and Underground Space Association ITA-AITES. The honorary patronage was also taken by the General Director of National Roads and Motorways.

This time, due to the restrictions caused by the pandemic, instead of Wrocław, we kindly invite you to an on-line conference. During the conference, design, execution and hardware solutions in tunneling construction will be presented, based on examples of specific projects implemented in various countries and in Poland. It will be an overview of the different technologies used in tunnel construction, depending on the location and geological conditions. The second basic thematic block will be experiences from the functioning of the existing tunnels in terms of ensuring safety. They are mainly about fire safety and the related providing of proper ventilation.


February 3rd (Wednesday)

10:00 Inaugural Session I

Chairperson: Zbigniew Kotlarek, President of the Polish Road Congress

Opening remarks – Zbigniew Kotlarek, President of the Polish Road Congress, Lidia Markowska, director of GDDKiA branch in Wrocław

Welcome speech by the Secretary of State in Poland’s Ministry of Infrastructure Rafał Weber

Overview of tunnel investments on national road network – Julita Borkowska, GDDKiA branch in Szczecin, project manager of Swina river tunnel 15'

ITA-AITES activities – Olivier Vion, Executive Director of the International Tunnelling and Underground Space Association 15'

FIDIC Emerald Book - Arnold Dix, ITA-AITES vice-president, ALARP Consulting Group, CEO & Managing Director 15'

Q&A 15’

11:15-11:30 break

11:30 session II Tunnel construction technologies

Chairperson: Lidia Markowska, director of GDDKiA branch in Wrocław

The process of designing the tunnel through the prism of geological and geotechnical matters on the example of the tunnel TS-26 – Ewa Włodarz, Project Manager GDDKiA branch in Wrocław 15'

Preliminary lining for the TS-26 tunnel in Stare Bogaczowice – Piotr Sarnowski, Wojciech Nowak PORR SA 15'

Significant issues and conditions in the development of tunnel documentation based on the experience of TS26 and TS32 tunnels - Radosław Lorens, Project Manager S3, IVIA 15'

The specificity of the construction of the tunnel in the Carpathian region – Prof. dr hab. Tomasz Siwowski, Rzeszow University of Technology 15'

Acciona’s experience in Big Diameter tunnels projects - Fernando Vara Ortiz de la Torre, Global BD Director Tunnels & Railways Acciona 15’

Tunnel HZMB: Immersed Tunnel Construction with monolithic tunnel formwork - Werner Brunner, Senior Consultant, PERI Germany 20’

Q&A 10’

13:15 - 13:30 break

13:30 session III Underwater Tunnels

Chairperson: Ingo Kaundinya (Germany) TC 4.4 Chair

Quality control of materials used in the construction of the tunnel under Świna river - Robert Jurczak, Deputy Director of the GDDKiA branch in Szczecin 20’

Femern Belt: the longest road and rail tunnel in the world - Kim Smedegaard Andersen, Deputy Technical Director of Femern AS,

Helsinki-Tallinn Undersea Railway Tunnel – Peter Vesterbacka, Finest Bay Area Development 15'

Rogfast in Norway: motorway in the tunnel under the sea - Tor Geir Espedal, Project manager Rogfast, Vegvesen 15

Q&A 15’

15:00 end of the first day

February 4 (Thursday)

Chairperson: Janusz Bohatkiewicz, chair od PIARC Polish National Committee's Programming Council

10:00 Session IV Factors affecting safety in tunnels

Prevention and Mitigation of tunnel-related collisions: PIARC Technical Committee 4.4 - Ronald Mante, RWS the Netherlands 15’

Reaction to fire of various road surfaces in tunnels - Marek Różycki, MDRK 15'

Fire protection of road tunnels: sprinkler system - Kamil Marjanek, Foamax fire fighting systems & equipment company 15'

Road tunnel ventilation design – Ph.D eng. Grzegorz Sztarbała ARDOR 15'

Theoretical and practical aspects of the organization of rescue and firefighting operations in road tunnels – dr inż. Jan Ziobro, retired senior brigadier of the State Fire Service of Poland, the Jan Grodek College in Sanok 15'

Vision camera solutions for early threat detection in tunnels – Michał Borzucki, Robert Bosch Ltd 15’

Q&A 15’

11:45-12:15 Break

12:15 Session V Construction and operation of tunnels

Chairperson: Zbigniew Tabor vicepresident of the Polish Road Congress, head of Regional Roads Authority in Katowice

Tunnel on the S1 expressway: bypass of Węgierska Górka – Marek Niełacny, director of the GDDKiA branch in Katowice 15'

The current advancement of the construction of tunnels on "Zakopianka" express road - Maciej Mądro, project manager at the GDDKiA branch in Kraków 15'

Ideal cities: Leonardo da Vinci's dreams come true today – eng. Krzysztof Panek, Astaldi Poland 15'

Communication systems in tunnels - Kamil Kobza, Key Account Manager Emitel S.A. 15’ 15'

Full face method of tunneling under applicable legal regulations - Ireneusz Biel PORR SA 15 '

Q&A ‘15

14:00 closing remarks

Terms of participation:

To participate in the Forum, it is required to complete an online registration form and pay the participation fee to the Polish Road Congress’ bank account at Alior Bank S.A. no: 77 2490 0005 0000 4520 9168 6331 no later than January 30, 2021. An individual link to the broadcast will be sent to the e-mail address provided in the application on the day preceding the event.

The participation fee is 80 Euros. The price covers participation of one person in the on-line event, access to materials related to the event and an electronic certificate confirming participation in the Forum.

If a Forum participant needs the application to be approved by the supervisor, please select the "Print" option after completing the form on the website www.kongresdrogowy.pl. A file will be generated containing all the necessary data with a place for signatures of authorized persons. After completing the form, it will also be possible to download an automatically prepared proforma, which will make it easier for you to make the payment.

The payment may be deferred after confirmation with the Organizer. Failure to make the payment on time is not tantamount to resignation from participation in the event. The organizer reserves the right to keep payments made less than 48 hours before the start of the event and not to grant access to the event online.

The participant may withdraw his application to the Forum at no cost by submitting a written statement by January 29, 2021. The resignation should be sent from the address provided in the application form to the address: biuro@kongresdrogowy.pl. In case of resignation on later date, the Organizer will charge the Participant with the full cost of participation.

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