Swiss Tunnelling Society: 50th Anniversary With Switzerland-Wide “Insight Into the Underground”
“Switzerland has a tradition of over 150 years in underground construction. Unique structures for transport, hydropower, research and the military bear witness to this. As an established group of experts, our FGU/STS network has been leading this tradition into the future for 50 years. We want to celebrate the anniversary with the experts – and also show numerous well-known and lesser-known underground structures to the public throughout Switzerland,” says Stefan Maurhofer, President of the FGU/STS (Swiss Tunnelling Society) expert group, looking forward to the upcoming anniversary celebrations.
50th Anniversary of the Swiss Tunnelling Society
Stefan Maurhofer, President of the STS, will welcome the visitors to the Anniversary Congress at the KKL Lucerne on 12 and 13 June
In addition, the STS is committed to an even more diverse use of underground space in the future. Central to this is spreading and promoting knowledge and expertise in underground construction through events such as academic conferences, congresses and excursions.
12 –13 June 2023: Celebration at the Swiss Tunnel Congress
On the second day of the congress, the programme includes presentations on the topic of “Alpine Tunnels Switzerland” as well as selected current Swiss projects
STS Young Members Panel
An “STS Young Members Panel” will also be held for the first time at the anniversary congress. The aim is to promote young tunnel builders and to offer them a platform. Six participants will present a special project in which they have played a significant role. These can be master's or doctoral theses, research projects, planned or executed projects, or special aspects of a project. The panel will be a competition. A jury will select the best presentations, and they will be awarded prizes at the ceremony.
On the second day, 13 June 2023, the focus will be on presentations on “Alpine Tunnels Switzerland” in the morning and selected, current Swiss projects in the afternoon.
Insight Into the Underground: Unique Subterranean Experiences for Everyone
Insight into the underground: the STS is giving the general public access to well-known and lesser-known underground structures throughout the anniversary year
6 May 2023, Northwest Switzerland: Weinberg Tunnel (Zurich Central Station), Bözberg Tunnel (Schinznach-Dorf), Obfelden-Ottenbach cut-and-cover tunnel, bike tunnel (City of Zurich) and others.
17 June 2023, Ticino: Second tube Gotthard Road Tunnel (Airolo), hydroelectric power plant Ritom (Quinto), military fortress (Ponte Brolla), hydroelectric power plant (Biasca) and others
26 August 2023, Eastern Switzerland: Hagerbach Test Gallery (Flums), Brail Tunnel II renovation (Zernez railway station), A3 Kerenzerberg Tunnel (Filzbach), new Albula Tunnel (Preda) and others
16 September 2023, Central Switzerland: Second tube Gotthard Road Tunnel (Göschenen), Lungern North-Giswil South – Kaiserstuhl Tunnel, Brünig Park (Lungern), subterranean mushroom cultivation (Stansstad) and others
23 September 2023, Western Switzerland: Grimselwelt (Guttannen), Salt Mine (Bex), Mont Terri Rock Laboratory (Saint-Ursanne) A9 (Visp southern bypass) and others
Interested parties experience first-hand what there is to know behind the infrastructure that is used every day, how the subsurface can be used in even more diverse ways, how fascinating underground construction is, how safety is ensured and what challenges planners, contractors and maintenance face. The website www.einblick.swisstunnel.ch provides all the information and events and, where necessary, registration options. The offer is open to everyone and participation is free of charge, with a few exceptions.
Expert Network for Swiss Underground Construction
The Swiss Tunnel Congress, organised annually by the STS, is the most important platform for Swiss tunnellers
The STS experts are also involved in drawing up standards, recommendations, guidelines and the like for underground construction in coordination with the SIA and other professional associations in Switzerland and internationally. To this end, the STS maintains contacts with networks from other countries, particularly within the framework of international underground construction societies. The Swiss Tunnel Congress, organised annually by the STS, is the most important platform for Swiss underground engineers.