lunes, 29 de junio de 2015

ITA COSUF - a Plus for Safety Attractive Homepage, highly profiled Workshop and happy Award Winner

Lausanne (CH)/Dubrovnik (HR), 30 June 2015. The End of May 2015 was a very busy and successful time for the ITA Committee on Operational Safety of Underground Facilities (COSUF). The new homepage was presented on the General Assembly in Dubrovnik (Croatia), the workshop "Aging Tunnels - Safety in operation during refurbishment" was held and the Winner of the COSUF Award 2015 was honoured.

New and fresh:
A very new and fresh homepage developed by COSUF member Arild Petter Sovik was presented at the beginning of the workshop on 26 May 2015. The online appearance of COSUF now is modern, attractive and full with valuable information. Members as well as interested persons feel easy to navigate and find every information about activities, news, resources and the committee with one or two clicks directly. But only the move is steady and for this reason, developing the new internet page is going on. Have a click on this fresh homepage and you find out new and interesting details every time (Fig. 1).

The very attractive new homepage

Annual workshop with high quality presentations
Open for all participants of ITA-AITES World Tunnel Congress 2015 and COSUF members, the workshop "Aging Tunnels - Safety in operation and during refurbishment" showed case studies, new technologies and new approaches from lecturers all over the world. After a short welcome by the chairman Dr. Roland Leucker, the tunnel in tunnel method was presented as well as tunnel inspection and assessment, the implementation of the EU directive 2004/54 and the Mont Blanc tunnel. The second session "Monitoring, inspection and assessment" gave examples of interesting applications in a special field of safety for underground facilities. Research and new products were central topics of the presentations and discussions of the third session. Finally refurbishment and risks were the main themes of the last session. Detailed information on all topics and presentations you may find on the ITA COSUF homepage (Fig. 2).

Dr. Roland Leucker welcoming the participants of the ITA COSUF workshop in Dubrovnik (Croatia)

COSUF Award Winner 2015
One of the highlights of the annual ITA COSUF meeting in Dubrovnik was the presentation of the ITA COSUF Award Winner 2015, Karl Fridolf from Sweden. With the prestigious award in his hands he presented his honoured thesis on evacuation in rail tunnels like a professional. Fridolf explained the aspects of evacuation through smoke, the design of evacuation systems for rail tunnels and gave examples how to realise this under the given circumstances (Fig. 3).

Dr. Roland Leucker (right) presenting Karl Fridolf the COSUF Award 2015.

The ITA COSUF Award is granted annually to a student, young professional or researcher less than 35 years old who has recently completed an outstanding research work in theory or practice in the field of operational safety or security of underground facilities. Candidates need not to be ITA COSUF member. Announcement for the next ITA COSUF Award 2016 will be published in a few months.

Centre of Excellence
ITA COSUF is the first committee of the ITA, the International Tunnelling and Underground Space Association, founded in 2005. It is the Centre of Excellence consisting of approx. 80 corporate member organisations and companies from 25 countries all over the world. The World Road Association PIARC is also supporting ITA COSUF. Since the very first beginning COSUF is a platform for communication on operational safety and security in underground facilities. Only the best specialists in the field of tunnelling are discussing in four different activity groups about the latest developments.

Joining ITA COSUF is very easy. It´s not needed to be an ITA member and for this reason ITA COSUF welcomes corporate and individual members.


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