2015 STUVA Conference: Record Participation at the Industry’s Meeting

STUVA’s International Forum for Tunnels and Infrastructure was held in the tradition-steeped Dortmund Westfalenhallen from December 1 to 3, 2015. The outcome was highly impressive – the figures alone speak for themselves, establishing various new records for the STUVA Conference: more than 1800 conference participants and 165 exhibiting companies from the tunnel industry spread over around 6000 m² of display area. However, there was more to it than just records for a genuine innovation was introduced – quite apart from the novelties shown by the exhibiting firms: in addition to the subject area “Tunnelling”, “Tunnel Operation” was integrated in the STUVA Conference for the first time as a new segment with its own two-day long parallel series of lectures. At the same time, something was still preserved as it always was: that really special STUVA Conference feeling!

On December 1, 2015 at 8.00 am on the dot the doors of the Westfalenhallen opened to offer the record number of 1850 tunnelling experts a programme, unparalleled in terms of concentration and diversity. STUVA’s International Forum for Tunnels and Infrastructure, which is held every two years, has gradually developed into one of the most significant gatherings for underground construction and mobility.

The grand lecture hall was practically chock-a-block for the opening papers (Fig. 1); this year participants from 26 countries attended the STUVA Conference (Fig. 2). First of all, STUVA board...

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