Since September 23, 2018 the Call for Papers for the World Tunnel Congress 2019 in Naples, Italy, is closed; the Scientific Committee reported the receipt of 730 papers. The number of scientific contributions received is significantly higher than those received at the previous World Congresses held in San Francisco (2016), Bergen (2017) and Dubai (2018). „Given the high quality of papers,” says Daniele Peila, professor at the Polytechnic of Turin and member of the Scientific Advisory Board of WTC 2019, “it will be really difficult to choose the ones to be presented orally“.
Papers received from more than 50 Nations
Great satisfaction also with the level of internationality: The majority of the submissions – 250 papers – comes from Italy, the other papers arrived from over 50 nations. For example, 52 contributions have been sent from Japan, 44 both from France and China, as well as a considerable participation from United States, Australia and Iran. „The innovative approach of the e-posters,” continues Peila, “will help to put all the authors in contact with the participants during the congress, through the use of a dedicated app, which will also facilitate exchange and networking“.
Large is the number of the items dealt with by the authors. „There is an extensive range of papers dedicated to innovation, including monitoring and control systems, as well as mechanized excavation and new materials,” comments Peila. “In the contributions arrived from abroad we have found a particular interest in new technologies and materials for the consolidation of soil and rock masses“.
And what about digitization? Many, in their papers, have talked about BIM‘s large-scale entry into the tunnelling sector, but also about Big Data and, more generally, about projects and processes linked to a better management of information. Given the growing importance of information technology for this specific sector, the ITA (International Tunnelling Association) and the SIG (Italian Galleries Society) have chosen to hold a specific training course on engineering 4.0 in the pre congress days.
With the Call for Papers closed, the next step will lead to a selec-
tion of suitable papers to be presented during the World Tunnel Congress from May 3 to May 9, 2019. About 150 papers will be selected for podium presentation and at least 300 for e-poster presentation.