Biennial European Road Tunnel Safety Forum Set for March

COSUF - Fig 1The 4th European Forum of Road Tunnel Safety Officers, scheduled for March 9-10, 2016, in Rotterdam, Netherlands, opens an opportunity for high-quality knowledge exchange and networking among the leading experts in the industry. The two-day event is organized by the ITA Committee on Operational Safety of Underground Facilities (COSUF) in co-operation with the World Road Association (PIARC) and the European Commission.

The Forum is open for safety officers from all over Europe. Those who are appointed according to Directive 2004/54/EC have the chance to join the Forum free of charge. The conference will be held in English. Prior registration is compulsory and must indicate name, company, email address and concerned tunnel(s). Registration should be made as soon as possible by sending the asked details by Feb. 23, 2016, to secretariat@ita-aites.org.

For participants arriving on March 8, 2016, an informal meeting for tunnel safety officers is organized at 7:30 p.m. Registration for the Forum begins on March 9, 2016, at 9:00 a.m. The presentations will cover “Operating Tunnels Safely during Refurbishment” and “Commissioning and Testing of New and Refurbished Tunnels.”

COSUF - Fig 2 During the two days the participants may visit job sites of Maas and Velser Tunnel, which are under renovation.

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The trans-European road network is growing more and more. For this reason, the European Union decided in April 2004 with Directive 2004/54/EC to create the position of a Tunnel Safety Officer to make sure that a minimum of safety requirements for tunnels in Europe will exist. In 2005, the first Committee on Operational Safety of Underground Facilities (COSUF) of ITA (International Tunnelling and Underground Space Association) was founded with 4 Activity Groups. Group 4 – Road Tunnel Safety Officers – aims to be the platform for European Tunnel Safety Officers to exchange experiences through its biannual forum and for development of best practices.

The latest information on the program will be available on the COSUF website.

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