Turkish Tunneling Society Hosts Short Course

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Yasin Torun, Chairman of TSITT

Yasin Torun, Chairman of TSITT

The second Tunneling and Microtunneling Short Course was held by the Turkish Tunnellng Society (TTS) and Turkish Society for Infrastructure and Trenchless Technology (TSITT) in Istanbul Sept. 27-28. Many local and international participants attended this unique tunneling event.

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Speeches by Yasin Torun, Chairman of TSITT, Dr. Nuh Bilgin, Chairman of TTS, opened the event. Afterward, Dr. Cemal Balci of ITU (Istanbul Technical University) made a presentation with the title of “Site and Laboratory Investigations.” Then, Dr. Nuh Bilgin made a presentation with the title of “Principles of TBM Design, Selection and Performance Prediction: Problems Encountered in Large Diameter TBM Tunneling.” Afterward, Dr. Daniele Peila, Vice President of ITA (International Tunneling and Underground Space Association) made a presentation with the title of “Steel Pipe Umbrella and Forepoling: Technology and Design.” Then, Dr. Georg Anagnostou of ETH Zurich made a presentation with the title of “Face Stability Analysis for Mechanized Tunneling with EPB or Slurry Shields.”

In the afternoon session, Lutz zur Linde of Herrenknecht AG made a presentation with the title of “Utility Tunneling.” Then Ozgür Savas Ozudogru of E-BERK made a presentation with the title of “Manufacturing of Disc Cutters, Selection of Suitable Disc Materials for Different Formations, General View and Suggestions.” Afterward, Taner Bilge of MATES made a presentation with the title of “Wear Protection and Hard-Facing Applications in TBMs.” The last presentation of the first day was made by Dr. Ibrahim Ocak of IU (Istanbul University) with the title of “Prediction of Surface Settlements for Urban Tunneling, its Effects and Solution Suggestions.”

The second day started with the presentation of Muammer Cinar of PIRAMIDA with the title of “TBM Applications in Gassy Grounds.” Then, Fevzi Aksu of IKSA made a presentation with the title of “Mobile Laboratory for Soil-Muck Conditioning Applications in Shielded Tunneling.” Afterward, Cheng Chin Keong of ICOP SpA made a presentation with the title of “Longest Multi Curvature Sewer Tunnel in the Middle East.” Then, Dr. Alun Thomas of RAMBOLL Group made a presentation of “Fiber Reinforcement in Tunneling – Sprayed Concrete and Segments.” Afterward, Berrie Van Luijn of SOIL ID made a presentation of “Waterproofing in Tunnellng.

In the afternoon session, Dr. Mucahit Namli of IMM (Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality) made a presentation with the title of “Microtunnelling Applications in Turkey.” Then, Wim Smet and Wouter Roels of SMET TUNNELING made a joint presentation with the title of “Long and Curved Microtunneling Applications.” The last presentation of the short course was made by Dr. Hanifi Copur of ITU with the title of “Roadheader Selection: Performance Prediction and Applications.

The event attracted 150 participants from 14 different countries covering Germany, Denmark, Netherlands, Belgium, Italy, Bosnia, Greece, Saudi Arabia, Azerbaijan, Malaysia, Canada, Korea, Australia and Turkey.  The Turkish Tunneling Society’s next big event is the TUNNEL EXPO TURKEY (Tunnel Construction Technologies and Equipment Specialization Fair) on Aug. 28-31, 2014, at the Istanbul Expo Center.  For further information visit www.turkishtunnel.org or e-mail to info@turkishtunnel.org.

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