Switzerland

2011 Swiss Tunnel Congress

The Swiss Tunnelling Society (FGU) within the Swiss Society of Engineers and Architects (SIA) held its 10th congress (June 8 + 9, 2011) once again in Lucerne. The Swiss Tunnel Congress (STC) covered reports on the new rail routes crossing the Alps (NEAT) such as the Gotthard Base Tunnel (57 km) and Ceneri Base Tunnel (15 km) as well as further interesting underground engineering activities seen from the viewpoint of those involved in their construction. On the day prior to the Congress a Colloquium was once again staged together with the ETH Zurich this time devoted to “Logistics in Underground Engineering” featuring contributions from planners, contractors and manufacturers. This extension to the Congress, which was introduced a few years back, has helped the Congress progress quite apart from making it more international.

2010 was a very special year for the Swiss tunnelling industry especially thanks to the final breakthroughs on the Gotthard Base Tunnel. The successful candidacy for the 2013 World Tunnel Congress in Geneva represented a further milestone during the year.

The more than 800 participants from 13 nations attended the lectures on latest recognitions acquired during the building of current underground engineering projects and the extended exhibition featuring more than 40 companies on the STV’s first day at Lucerne’s Culture and Congress Centre (KKL). The following day a large number of those...

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