ITA Annual Meeting and World Tunnel Congress 2017 in Bergen

More than 1500 tunnellers from 52 countries met in Bergen, Norway, from June 9 to 14, 2017. The occasion was the 43rd Annual Meeting of the ITA (International Tunnelling and Underground Space Association) in conjunction with the 2017 World Tunnel Congress (WTC).

The Tunnel Congress organised by the NFF (Norwegian Tunnelling Society) in collaboration with the ITA bore the slogan “Surface Challenges – Underground Solutions”. 52 of the 74 ITA member nations were present in Bergen. This meant that the 70 % attendance figure registered was 8 % lower than last year in the USA (see info box on page 53).

1 2017 World Tunnel Congress

The Congress’s main programme was devoted to 15 topics:

1. Urban tunnelling

2. Mechanized tunnelling in hard rock conditions

3. Innovations in drill & blast tunnelling

4. Tunnelling for energy and environmental purposes


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